The Healthful Benefits of Sea Salt

Salt can be a controversial subject for those who are taking care of their health. It gets a bad rap most of the time. Doctors tell us to avoid it, and some of us listen. However, what those doctors fail to tell us is that there is a big difference between regular old table salt and sea salt!

But before looking more closely at salt, it’s important to understand why salt is necessary. Salt provides sodium, which is necessary for life. It helps with muscle contraction and expansion, nerve stimulation, the proper functioning of the adrenals, and other biological processes, as well. Salt also provides chloride, which helps produce acids necessary to digest protein and enzymes for carbohydrate digestion, and is necessary for proper brain functioning and growth. Salt also contains magnesium, which is important for producing enzymes, nerve transmission, bone formation, forming tooth enamel, and resistance to heart disease, and it also contains many other trace minerals. Babies and children are in special need of salt for their developing brains. Excessive salt can surely cause health problems, but it’s important to realize that we need some salt in our diets. Some people need more than others; some need less, but we all need it.

So what’s the difference between regular table salt and sea salt? For starters, table salt is highly refined. It goes through a process that removes the magnesium and trace minerals. In order to keep the salt dried out, various additives are included, such as aluminum compounds. The natural iodine is also destroyed during the refining process, so it is usually added back in the form of potassium iodide. Dextrose is added as a stabilizer, which affects the color, and so a bleaching agent is used to finish it off.

In contrast, a good quality sea salt is sun dried. It will still contain small amounts of sea life, which provides natural iodine. It will be gray in color and even slightly moist. This means there is a large mineral content. I really like Celtic sea salt. Red sea salt from the shores of Hawaii is another great option. I have using this natural night cream which hydrates my skin when consuming a lot of salt! I find it helps with maintaining that plush and silky skin look!

Sea salt has a much stronger flavor than table salt, so you don’t need to use as much. The kind I use is pretty coarse, so I put it in a salt grinder. This is not the same as a pepper grinder – a pepper grinder has steel blades for hard peppercorns, while a salt grinder has ceramic blades that resist salt’s naturally corrosive properties. I dry the salt out very gently in my toaster oven on low before putting it in the salt grinder, so that it will pass easily through the blades.

Have you discovered the beauty of sea salt? Do you have other things to add about the importance of salt? Have you experienced any health benefits after switching to sea salt? I’d love to hear your stories!

Skin Care and Makeup Application

When it comes to skin care, some people just don’t realize what affects the weather, pollution and diets have on their skin.
Fluids and a well balanced diet can help some but a good skin care routine is essential to healthy, fresh and vibrant looking skin.

Some things to remember when it comes to skin care:

Lotions – if you have dry skin, you should be using a heavy moisturizing cream but if you have oily skin, you should be using a light lotion. For combination type skin, you can use a light cream or lotion.

Sun Block – UV (ultra-violet) rays from the sun can not only cause cancer but it can damage the elasticity of the skin, causing wrinkles. It can also cause blotchy, dry skin, and if you burn, it can cause scarring.

The higher the SPF (sun protection factor) your sun block contains, the more UV rays it absorbs, keeping them from harming your skin.

Wrinkle and Age Spots – To minimize wrinkle and age spots you should minimize the amount of exposure your skin has to the UV rays by limiting your time in the sun, and when you are in the sun, wear protective clothing and use the proper sun block.

Give your skin a firmer appearance by using creams and lotions with AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids). Using creams and ointments to moisturize the skin can help reduce dryness and cracking.

Acne – Keep in mind that if you have acne and are using cleansers with astringents, they can dehydrate the skin so you should be moisturizing with a lotion that is non-greasy.

Lips – Keep your lips moist at all times, also try an organic lip balm!

The first tip to applying your makeup for a natural look is to use you brushes for their intended purposes to assure smooth and carefree application.

Foundation – Your foundation should be applied with a sponge. Dab the foundation all over your face, concentrating on the areas under your eyes, blotchy spots or anywhere you may need extra coverage. Now, smooth the foundation over your face using the sponge.

Blush – Using your blush brush, start at the hairline closest to your ears and downward to the “ball” area of your cheeks.

Eye shadow – Using a matte eye shadow that is closest to your skin tone, as the base, cover your entire eye lid. Then use an iridescent color, that is close to the color of your base, highlight from your brow bone to the corner of your eye and then outward along the lash line.

Loose Powder – With your powder brush and almost as if you are trying to tickle someone with a feather, cover your entire face lightly with the loose powder.

Mascara – Using the tip of your mascara wand, simply sweep it across the ends of both the upper and lower eye lashes. Doing this twice on the upper lashes will give the appearance of longer, fuller eye lashes.

Lipstick – Your lipstick should be close in color to your eye shadow and blush and should completely cover your lips. After you have applied it, simply brush across it using your lip brush to fill in any lines for smooth looking lips.

Taking care of your skin and looks is not a hard job. Neither is purchasing the items you need to do the job. You will find all the items you need at stores on the Beauty Bar page at:

Enjoy the beautiful you.