I have never been the kind of girl to spend a ton of money on myself. I haven’t had a haircut in about 2 years. I have probably spent $20 on makeup in the last 6 months, It’s not because I don’t appreciate looking pretty or dressing up, but I just don’t have time and I just really don’t go anywhere important enough! But that doesn’t mean I don’t have some favorite beauty treatments, ideas, or products.
So today, I want to share my most favorite beauty product/trick. Salt has been a huge part of my beauty regimen for years. I use it to rinse my mouth before I brush my teeth, to spray in my hair to make my curls turn in to waves, and I love using salt to exfoliate.
I have had the worst time with my teeth during both of my pregnancies. I don’t know what it is about my kids, but they both make my gums super sensitive and they last that way until after the pregnancy is over. So I learned that I had to take extra good care of my teeth because I didn’t want any problems during pregnancy where I might not be able to be super drugged to take care of it! (I am not a fan of the dentist at all!) That’s why I started doing a pre-rinse with salt water. Especially if my gums were sore the salt water would soothe them, while getting in between the hard-to-reach-places and loosening up anything that I needed to brush away. I did this while pregnant with both kids and find that I still do it frequently.
Years ago, I was visiting my grandparents in Florida. I love the beach. I love laying on the beach and playing on the beach, but I am not a huge fan of swimming in the ocean or the gulf or the sea or any other body of water that isn’t chlorinated. However, I love salt water and what it can do for your hair. There is just something about the beach look that I love and when you have hair like mine, meaning it does nothing and there’s a lot of it, you will do anything to make it do something. And so since I don’t swim in saltwater I found that I could buy a spray bottle from the store, add some salt, add some water and BAM, salt water. After I get out of the shower, I towel dry my hair, spray my salt water on my hair, and then let it air dry, voila! Looks like I just stepped out of the water!
I don’t usually have a lot of time in the shower. Adelaide knows. She always knows. And she doesn’t like it when I’m in the shower, so I usually jump in and work quickly so I can jump right out. So on the days that I can actually take my time and not have to rush I really enjoy making the most of it and one of my favorite things to do is exfoliate with salt. My skin instantly feels better and it is so soft. Like really, really, really soft. Exfoliating and then shaving makes my skin feel so young and vibrant. I try to exfoliate at least once a month. I just pour some salt into my hand and rub all over my face, arms, legs, stomach, and back, then rinse. Doesn’t take much time and I’m out before Adelaide knows any different!
I usually use sea salt that you can buy at most retailers, but any salt seems to work. What are some of your favorite beauty tricks? Have you tried salt before? Let me know!