If you’ve ever been to an Ayurvedic beauty store, a beautiful jar of shimmering pink crystals has probably caught your eye.
But, like most of us, you’re used to seeing salt in the grocery store rather than in the skincare section, a Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub can be confusing, no matter how pretty it looks.
But there’s nothing to fear; we’ll tell you exactly how Himalayan pink salt can give you smooth, glowing skin and why it should be added to your skincare routine ASAP.
Himalayan Pink Salt: What is it and Everything You Can Do With It
First off, what even is Himalayan Pink Salt, and how is it different from regular table salt, sea salt, or black salt?
Himalayan pink salt is a beautiful rose-hued salt from the Himalayan plateau.
Alexander the Great’s army was some of the first to mine it, but it was created hundreds of millions of years ago in the young Earth’s primal oceans.
Its mineral composition still carries traces of this history, which is far more complex than the white salt we usually consume.
Himalayan pink salt, although it is associated with rock salt, is technically sea salt (pssst, the Himalayas were submerged in the ancient oceans 250 million years ago).
Excessive table salt consumption can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease; hence it should be consumed in moderation.
But there’s so much more to it than that. It can enliven a room when used as decor or lighting and lend extra flavor to food when it's used as a serving or cooking vessel.
But, most importantly, it’s a criminally underrated but multi-functional skincare ingredient.
Himalayan Pink Salt for Skincare
Here’s everything it can do for your skin when used as a gentle but thorough scrub:
Salt and sugar scrubs are classic exfoliants for a reason, especially for the skin on your body that requires more intensive exfoliation.
Due to the unique texture and size of the salt crystals, pink salt scrubs are also great for working on stubborn calluses on your hands and feet and parts of your body where you have thicker or discolored skin, like your elbows, knees, or back.
Himalayan pink salt as a scrub will sluice off all the dead skin and help bring new skin to the surface, so it’s a great supplement to any anti-hyperpigmentation skincare routine.
How to exfoliate with pink salt?
- Apply this scrub in the shower after thoroughly washing your body with warm water.
- The moisture and the heat will soften up your skin and open your pores, making sure the scrub penetrates deeper.
- You don’t need to roughly scrub your skin when using it because the scrub will do its job even if you just massage it lightly.
You’ll walk out with skin as clean and soft as a baby’s!
Facial acne always gets the most attention, with a range of cleansers, toners, and serums formulated to eliminate it. But unfortunately, body acne is also a concern for many of us, especially the oh-so-creatively named ‘bacne.’
Pink Himalayan salt has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s a double-power acne-fighting product.
However, it is best not to scrub directly on active acne or inflamed and broken skin.
Instead, a pink salt bath could do wonders in such cases.
Himalayan pink salt water is an effective acne treatment that works by washing the cells and eliminating germs while maintaining the skin's pH.
How to use pink salt as an acne-fighting tool?
- Add three tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt to 1 cup of nearly, not entirely boiling water.
- Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in the solution, slightly wring it and lay it on the affected area.
- Let it be for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and wash it away with fresh water.
- Repeat daily twice (once at least).
We recommend against exfoliating acne-prone skin at all costs. Instead, a soak and wash with a suitable component could do wonders.
Holistic health benefits
Pink Himalayan Salt scrubs do more than just improve the external appearance of your skin.
Regularly massaging your body with this product will improve your circulation and help reduce muscle soreness.
It can also keep your blood pressure in check, so it’s an excellent preventative treatment if you believe you might be at risk of hypertension.
A superhero ingredient
Himalayan pink salt is a powerful ingredient, but it’s even more effective when combined with others that complement it.
The Vitamin C in this product, for instance, works in tandem with its exfoliating properties. Vitamin C helps fade excess pigment and evens out the skin tone.
The Himalayan pink salt scrub accelerates this process by shedding the dead skin more quickly than it would on its own and bringing the new, brightened skin to the surface.
In addition, it’s infused with the goodness of apricots. You might not think a fruit extract could pack much punch, but you’d be wrong!
Apricots are packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin E, which, in the form of retinol and tretinoin, is one of skin science’s most potent ingredients.
In this scrub, it’s present in its natural, much less intense forms, which deliver most of its benefits—fighting acne, aging, and hyperpigmentation—without the nasty side effects that often come with it, especially increased skin sensitivity.
It’s organic and great for the environment!
Like all of our products, the Life & Pursuits Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub is made with certified organic ingredients.
However, unlike most other commonly available salts, Himalayan salt is also crushed, washed, and dried by hand after it’s extracted from the foothills of the Himalayas.
As a result, the scrub's color, texture, appearance, and feel can vary. For example, some of it might be bright pink, while some might be white with just the slightest peach tint.
So whenever you’re using this product, you’ll know that you’re indulging in a luxurious, millennia-old bathing ritual that was handmade just for you.
A bonus is that, unlike the little plastic beads in your chemical body scrubs, Himalayan pink salt dissolves in water and is fully biodegradable.
These plastic microbeads have been proven to pose a severe threat to wildlife and even human health. They are also almost impossible to remove from water sources once they’re already in there. So, no more clogged showers and definitely no more plastic for the rivers with our Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub.