Salt-Infused Beauty All-Stars
Soak in salt water—whether in a tub or the Dead Sea—and your skin comes out smoother and softer than when you went in. “Salt water helps the skin in several ways, but the mechanisms are not entirely understood,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Robert Anolik, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine. “What is recognized is that it can help with soothing pink, dry, itchy skin.” For that reason, Anolik says, it’s possible that salt water could benefit garden-variety dry skin, too: “One of the most interesting theories is that salt water could calm skin by targeting the functioning of what are known as Langerhans cells. This calming is temporary but could expedite relief for dry, pink, itchy skin. Some also feel salt water makes for a good keratolytic, which means it expedites exfoliation.”
In hair, too much salt water (from the ocean or a beach-hair spray) can make it feel dry, but a little gives it a sexy-beachy texture. As an added benefit, salt can come packed with minerals—like the magnesium found in Epsom salts that makes taking a bath in them so relaxing—and, depending on its texture, can be a brilliant exfoliant. It also can kill bacteria, which is why our grandmothers sometimes brushed their teeth with it.
Salt saunas, like the ones at the Montauk Salt Caves, are thought to be healing for all manner of conditions; at spas like Breathe Easy in New York, salt yoga, where you work out inside a salt cave, is practiced in hopes of similar health benefits. And salt steam rooms, like the one at the Kronenhof Spa in Saint Moritz, leave your skin soft and your nasal passages awakened.
Infused into some of our favorite beauty essentials—a jasmine-and-sea-salt-spiked hair spritz for tousled waves, a magnesium chloride gel for tender muscles, a Himalayan salt scrub swirled with ultramoisturizing oils, and more—the humble marriage of sodium and chloride is really something of a miracle.
1. BODY SCRUB
Smooth, exfoliate, soften, and hydrate your skin with the detoxifying power of five salts (Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, Celtic sea salt, New Zealand solar salt, and Epsom salt) and three ultramoisturizing oils (cold-pressed moringa, pure unfiltered rose hip, and organic extra virgin olive). Breathe in the holistic blend of essential oils—helichrysum, rosemary, grapefruit, and peppermint—as you sweep away dead skin cells, soften, and lock in moisture, leaving behind a velvety-smooth feel and a subtle, beautiful scent.
goop Body G.Tox 5 Salt Detox Body Scrub
2. HAIR TEXTURIZER
Made with Epsom, Dead Sea, Himalayan, and of course French sea salts, along with moisturizing coconut oil extract and essential oils of jasmine, rose geranium, and ylang-ylang, this easy spritz infuses any hair type with sexy French-girl texture. Spray it in wet or dry for tousled, effortless beach hair that looks great with practically any outfit, not to mention a subtle, lingering scent that is just exquisite.
French Girl Sea Spray
3. MUSCLE RUB
Deeply effective daily care for athletes, massage therapists, and anyone with an active lifestyle, this mix of warming sweet birch and magnesium soothes muscles, tendons, and joints. It penetrates deeply and feels fantastic massaged into achy limbs. The gel rub contains 37 percent magnesium, a mineral which helps regulate crucial body systems.
Naturopathica Sweet Birch Deep Muscle Rub
4. BATH SOAK
Soaking in this blend of Himalayan pink salt, chia seed oil, and hydrating jojoba centers the body and spirit and takes the edge off during turbulent times (or after a crazy day). Close your eyes, let go, maybe light a candle while you steep, and emerge truly soothed.
goop Body “The Martini” Emotional Detox Bath Soak
5. MOUTH RINSE
This has to be the best-looking mouthwash ever—and, more importantly, it works. Mineral-rich sea salt substitutes for alcohol (which dries out the mouth and can actually cause bad breath), while a healing blend of seaweed and essential oils like tea tree, frankincense, and echinacea helps remove odors. Olas was created by a New York City–based dentist, Dr. Christopher Perez, who also happens to be a surf enthusiast. “Olas” means wave in Spanish—appropriate, because you definitely taste a hint of the ocean in this rinse.
Olas Marine Bio-Active Mouthrinse