Epsom Salts may be nothing new, but if you haven’t introduced them to your beauty and health routine, it’s high time you do.
They may very well be called Epsom salt, but they're not, in fact, a salt. They're a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Research shows that these minerals are absorbed through the skin, which is why Epsom salt baths allow you to easily enjoy the health benefits that are associated with them.
But what can magnesium and sulphate do the body?
Sulphate is said to help ease migraine headaches, as well as flush out the toxins and improve the absorption of the nutrients we need for a healthy functioning body.
Magnesium in the body can help reduce inflammation, encourage good muscle and nerve function, as well as the prevention of artery hardening.
Health benefits of Epsom Salts
Use them in the house, in the garden as well as in your beauty routine, Epsom Salts have numerous plus points, and these are just some of the benefits of always have a packet to hand.
The easiest way to make use of your Epsom Salts is by soaking in a bathtub with them, this way their beneficial properties will be absorbed into the skin and you'll reap the benefits.
Below you'll find a list of ways you can use them and the benefits this has on your body too.
This is the way that Jennifer Lawrence likes to use, ensuring she's red carpet ready. She soaks in a tub of Epsom salts to help reduce bloating and help reduce water retention.
Cure your hangover
Need something extra to kick that hangover to the curb, the sulphates in Epsom salts are said to help ease the muscle pain that often results from a hangover, as well as flushing out the toxins in the body.
Cure jet lag
Reduce the feeling of jet lag as Epsom salts have a sedative-like effect on the body.
Clean and freshen your hair
Simply add a handful of the salts to your shampoo and wash your hair like you normally would. These will help to soak up excess oil from the hair, so it's perfect to ensure bouncy, fresh hair.
You can diminish the look of bruises by using an Epsom salt compress on the skin, ideal if you've got a big event coming up where loads of pictures are going to be taken.
Slough away dead skin
Use the salts mixed in with your usual cleanser to help boost the magnesium level in your skin, giving your skin a facial-like effect. You can even use them rubbed all over your body to get rid of the dead skin and ensure smooth and rejuvenates skin.
Treat your feet
Indulge in an Epsom salt foot soak to help ease the aches and pains that can happen when you've had a day on your feet, especially if you've been wearing heels. They can help to reduce swelling in the feet and puffiness too.
Get things moving
Magnesium sulphate can operate as a laxative, it works by softening stools because it draws water into the bowel. This makes them easier to pass, so it's perfect if you've been constipated.
What the experts think of Epsom salts
Family GP Dr Sarah Jarvis comments: "They assist with removing toxins from the muscles, reduce muscle soreness and help your muscles relax due to the effect on the body's serotonin levels."
Personal Trainer George Carlo adds: "Epsom Salt baths are great after a long run. They flush toxins and reduce muscle soreness. Bathe for about 15 minutes, don't have the water too hot and rinse with a shower afterwards."[amazon box="B00QISVGJC"] [amazon box="B003V9M2ZS"] [amazon box="B00SQI450O"] [amazon box="B00GVEVCPQ"] [amazon box="B01N3PJUF3"] [amazon box="B06XCB8B1W"] [amazon box="B00A52AB5W"]