How to use magnesium sulfate in your beauty routine.

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When it comes to the holiday season, stress is on the rise! Magensium sulfate present in Epsom salts has many uses to help keep your skin, body and hair in tip-top shape. Here’s why you need to start using Epsom salts now!


1. Counter muscle soreness. Soak in a mixture of two cups of Epsom salts in a bath of warm water to reduce muscle soreness and inflammation.


2. Run out of salt spray for your hair? No worries: Mix two tablespoons Epsom salts, one tablespoon conditioner and one cup of water into a pump bottle and create easy laid-back waves in your hair.


3. Eliminate bruises faster by soaking the affected area in Epsom salts. It's easy to bruise yourself when you have a busy, on-the-go and active lifestyle. Having bruises on your legs from bumping into things isn’t the most attractive thing to show off at a holiday soiree. Magnesium sulfate will find its way to the damaged tissue of the bruise, causing the inflamed tissue to heal over.


4. Remove splinters. Splinters are painful and a pest to remove, but by adding half a cup of salt to a container of water to soak your hands, you'll facilitate an easier removal.  


5. Create a DIY body exfoliator. Mix an equal portion of Epsom salts with a lotion or oil (try jojoba, coconut or olive) that suits your skin and use it as a natural exfoliating scrub all over your body in the shower. Your skin will be smooth and moisturized.


14 11 13 epsom 1Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe and Sleep ($7.99, Walmart, Target) is infused with essential oils to relieve stress. The lavender encourages a better night’s sleep, so try it after a busy day or use it in one of the innovative ways above! Just remember: Don’t soak longer than 15 minutes, drink plenty of water before and after and use warm bath water, not hot, to avoid dehydration.