Most Massage Therapists have really soft, smooth hands and although some of that is because we have our hands and forearms covered in lotion all day, the real trick is that we use epsom salt. Yes, that same gritty stuff you can buy a half gallon of for $1.99 at CVS. Here are 5 fabulous ways I use epsom salt:
1. Hand/body exfoliation
Once a week, I pour about 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt in my palm, add a few drops of water and rub my hands together for about a minute, then rinse. Result? Satin soft hands. You can also add a drop of rose or lavender oil, a pump of scented hand soap or lotion to make it more luxurious, or you can get the same effect by purchasing 6.5 oz of a $16+ product where it’s already mixed. (And it’s epsom salt for the win!) The same mixture can be used to exfoliate your whole body–a great trick to know come winter.
2. Sticker removal
This works on kids and on products where they infuriatingly put an overly sticky price sticker on the front. The epsom salt works as a gentle abrasion and causes no harm to your child or product. Just mix a little water or olive oil to half a tablespoon of epsom salt, and rub in circles over the sticker until it breaks up the paper and peels off. Sometimes the salt dissolves before the sticker is fully removed, so just repeat, and you should be good to go.
3. Remove blackheads
Remember those Biore nose strips that dried into a paper mache on your face and then ripped out blackheads (and probably little hairs) when you pulled it off? Those sucked. Using 1 tablespoon of epsom salt mixed with a tiny bit of water will help gently dislodge blackheads without making you cry. I have super sensitive skin but successfully use this mixture every one in awhile on my chin and that annoying crease on each side of my nose.
4. Relaxing bath
Toss 2-3 cups of epsom salt into a very warm bath. For added moisture, pour in 1 cup olive oil or baby oil. Epsom salt is known for its healing and detoxifying components, and is often recommended to athletes or those suffering from stress or muscle pain. It’s also a beneficial way to end your day after receiving a massage!
5. Foot bath
Same ingredients as #4 but reduce recipe to 1 cup epsom salt and 1/4 cup oil in a basin.
Apparently epsom salt is safe to ingest and can be used to treat constipation, but I have only used externally. If you know of other ways to use this super affordable mineral, please let me know! Hope you all treat yourself to some in-home spa treatments after reading this. Your hands will thank you.