We can only try to imagine the amazement of Alexander the Great when he first entered the Kehwra mine in Punjab, Pakistan. Perhaps he expected to find only stalactites and stalagmites, as in any mine. Instead, the rosy glow that shone under the torches must have taken him by surprise. Surprise that grew even more when he realized that the substance that made the walls pink was salt, a strange pink salt. This is the legend of the discovery of pink salt, now also called Himalayan salt, probably formed when millions of years ago the seabed went inland and then enriched with iron oxides that determined its color. So let's try to close our eyes and go into the mine together with Alexander the Great to be able to admire with amazement this special salt, which can become the basis of precious cosmetics for the body. In fact, thanks to its slimming, regenerating, anti-inflammatory and exfoliating action, pink salt can make the skin of the body soft, can counteract water retention and cellulite!
Pink salt and skin, what science says
Himalayan pink salt contains high levels of minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium and sulfur that give it interesting regenerative properties, able to promote tissue repair and to act with an anti-inflammatory action (Fayet Moore et al, Foods, 2020). In fact, when the Himalayan salt is dissolved in water, a solution is obtained that is capable of penetrating the skin and acting by modifying the cellular osmotic pressure, recalling trapped liquids, decongesting the tissues and thus improving microcirculation and detoxification from trapped toxins. Not only that, the salt-rich water promotes the renewal capacity of the epidermis and the restoration of the skin barrier, leaving the tissues hydrated and elastic (Carbajo et al, International Journal of Biometeorology, 2018 - Yoshizawa et al, Skin Res Technol, 2003). Salt is also able to soothe the tissues and counteract inflammation (Quist et al, Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 2011). This is very important as cellulite begins as an inflammatory phenomenon of the connective tissue. Not only that, the topical application of water and salt helps prevent and combat dermatitis (Bak et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2012).
Pink salt body scrub
In a bowl pour 4 tablespoons of pink salt. Add 3 tablespoons of sweet almond or sunflower oil, mix. If you prefer a softer scrub you can add more oil. Moisten your body in the shower, then massage the scrub onto your skin, avoiding the skin on your face. For a cooling effect in case of heavy legs you can add 2 drops of peppermint. Instead, if you intend to exfoliate your hands and feet you can add the juice of half a lemon, which, being rich in vitamin C, helps the skin to regenerate and counteracts aging processes such as dark spots (Schagen et al, Dermatoendocrinol., 2012).
Firming muds with pink salt
Take a bowl and pour two glasses of warm water. Add ten tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt, mix and let it melt. Add ten tablespoons of green clay and pour in as much water as you need to make a cream. Complete with 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil, which is emollient and capable of toning the skin (Lin et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2018), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, antioxidant and able to make the skin more elastic (Ahmadi et al, Kaohsiung J Med Sci, 2019), and 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger, which stimulates detox processes and microcirculation (Bhagavathula et al, Wound Repair Regen, 2009). Apply the mud with a brush on the parts affected by water retention, heaviness and cellulite. Wrap with cling film and leave on for three quarters of an hour. After this time, remove the film, wash with hot and then cold water.