Health and Beauty Benefits of Salt Water

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Have you ever been told to ‘take your troubles to the water’? Well, we’ve heard that seawater is really good for us. So let’s look at the health and beauty benefits of saltwater!

Let’s start off with the basics. We are made up of water. Our bodies consist of about two-thirds water, and the only mineral we can ingest is salt. We have the elements of seawater within our systems, so how does swimming in the ocean help us?

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First of all, seawater is a miracle treatment for acne and semi-permanent scars. Salt is an excellent curing, clearing, and cleansing agent. Why do you think we cure pork with salt? Sodium chloride helps to cleanse the skin and is effective for mild acne. Instead of using harsh chemicals that can damage pores and cause scarring, try taking a trip to the waves instead.



Saltwater heals cuts and sores. Have you ever been told to go into the ocean for your scrapes? Saltwater has been used as a cleanser for thousands of years. It helps rid the skin of toxins and cures cuts. That’s why it is often recommended that we gargle with saltwater. Salt also dries out the pus in wounds. It may sting when you first touch the water, but when you come out, your sores should be much less painful than they were before you went in.


Saltwater also acts as a natural shampoo. Have you noticed that your hair is extremely dry after coming out of the water? This is because the salt in the ocean removes excess oils. If you have a particularly greasy scalp, then saltwater is an excellent way to strip those heavy oils. Bathing in seawater also adds volume to your hair, especially if you use any products. The salt gets rid of the built-up chemicals from conditioners, hair sprays, and gels, and thus your hair isn’t nearly as weighed down. The water even gets rid of dandruff, especially when the salt particles are large, because it acts as an exfoliator to your scalp.

It clears your nasal passageways. If you’ve ever gone into the water with a stuffed nose, you know that the moment salt water enters your nose, tons of goop comes seeping out. Gross, right? If you’ve ever had a stuffed nose, you may have used a pot full of saltwater to cleanse your sinuses. Doctors often recommend flushing the nostrils with salt water to help alleviate built-up mucus. Why use a pot when you can just go for a swim? Don’t worry, whatever goes into the water gets cleansed by the ocean’s natural janitors, the algae and sea plants.

Finally, swimming in seawater helps you stay fit. This is perhaps the most conventional of the beach’s benefits. When you are swimming, you use muscles in your shoulders, arms, and legs that aren’t used in any other activity. That’s why swimming is often recommended as a great way to exercise. Even treading water at a fast pace will burn 590 calories an hour if you weigh less than 130 lbs. If you weigh more, then it burns even more calories.

Don’t forget to moisturise when you get home from the beach. Although the sand and water are good for you, salt can also be drying, so after a day at the beach spa, take a shower, and put on some lotion.

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