Sea salty water
Sea salty water VERSUS SALTY WATER


Danis author, Isak Dinesen, wrote about it: “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” I absolutely agree. But I am serious about skincare. So I am going to be a party pooper now 😉

The salt in the water can be harsh and irritating and compromise your skin barrier. Still, TikTok videos promote scrubbing your face with sea salt and washing your face with salty water. Scrubbing your face skin with salt is a very bad idea. Scrubs are meant for body skin and not the sensitive skin of your face. And an overload of seawater for washing your face can lead to dry and damaged skin. Some people actually studied skin & skincare. I prefer to be inspired by actual study than the new influencer in town 😉

But don’t understand me wrong. Sea salt can be a remedy for some skin conditions like acne. Or psoriasis. This is because of the skin-loving minerals in sea salt like magnesium, calcium and potassium. By the way, it depends on where you go in the sea. A lot of seawater nowadays is very polluted. Clean sea water can act to some extent as a micro-bacterial agent.

But. Seasalt maybe dries out your pimples. But also your skin overall… And, with prolonged exposure, seawater disrupts the barrier function of the skin, causing it to dry out. Dehydration will eventually worsen acne as a result of increased sebum production.

Of course, you used sunscreen on your sea day.

Start with a mild cleansing of your face. Sea water has an alkaline Ph value of around 8. So use a product with a low pH value to get your skin in balance again. Like for example rose water. Tap your skin dry with a soft towel.

Blend a teaspoon of allez into the cleansed skin using gentle, upward motions. Or use a ‘patting’ technique, taking extra care around the eye area. Let it soak in for a few minutes and then apply moisturizer cream.

And let’s not forget, hydrating your skin starts from the inside out.

Photo: Nathan Dumlao