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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer – and prolonged sun exposure – making proper skin care crucial. Here’s how experts recommend using Epsom Salt to treat your skin to a little pre- and post-sun TLC. (And how to help recover if you get too much sun.)
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.
Celebrity skin care guru Ole Henriksen recommends exfoliating skin before sun exposure to trigger circulation and facilitate the elimination of toxins or impurities that may be trapped in your skin. This leaves skin smooth and soft, removes excess dead skin, and allows for better absorption and application of sunscreen or lotion.
Here’s his recipe for an at-home dermabrasion resurfacing treatment:
After a day outdoors, cosmetologist Linda Ashbrook suggests soaking in Epsom salt for 20 minutes to relax tired muscles and soften dry skin. Add a few drops of aromatherapy oil, such as lavender or frankincense, to make it more relaxing. Adding Epsom Salt to your bath helps retain moisture, eliminate toxins and relieve stress.
Soothing Facial Mask
Relief from Mild Sunburn
Outside of taking an Epsom salt bath, doctors say there are two ways to use Epsom salt to reduce itching and dryness caused by mild sunburn. This can be especially helpful for hard-to-reach places or spots you accidentally skipped over when applying sunscreen: