Seawater and the skin
The useful properties of seawater are known for millennia. It has been proved that it is significantly similar in composition to blood plasma and it is able to penetrate into the veins, providing the body with valuable elements and activating its natural self-healing abilities. Seawater has a positive effect on the whole body, including its invisible nature - the psyche, and the part that is always visible - our skin. The many benefits of using seawater in skin care will be revealed to us in the next lines.
Seawater has the ability to open up pores, facilitating their deep cleaning and the removal of accumulated toxins. Salt on the other hand is a natural exfoliant, which peels off dead cells, leaving the skin surface soft and fresh. Besides removing the dead layer of skin, salt water stimulates the production of new healthy cells. Thus, it slows down the aging process and helps us maintain a youthful appearance. Regular sea bathing visibly tightens the skin, improves its elasticity and smoothes out wrinkles, thanks to minerals such as magnesium, involved in the synthesis of collagen and having a strong moisturizing effect.
The gentle massage of the waves and the cocktail of valuable substances significantly improve the blood flow and the regenerative abilities of the skin, which makes them invaluable in the fight against stretch marks and the stubborn cellulite. The good skin irrigation rejuvenates the face giving it a nice glow.
Seawater influences the skin indirectly, too, by calming the nervous system and thus prevents some negative consequences of stress. Tension increases the levels of the hormone cortisol, thereby damaging the collagen and elastin, and weakens the ability of the cells to retain moisture. As a result, the skin becomes wrinkled and dehydrated.
Seawater enhances the protective barrier function of the skin and has powerful antiseptic effect, destroying bacteria and fungi. It is an excellent remedy against inflammation and irritation and assists the treatment of diseases such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea. Salt water is a kind of aftershave, as well, which soothes the skin and accelerates the healing of cuts and wounds, caused by careless shaving.
Last but not least, the salty remedy balances excessive oiliness of the skin, prevents pores from clogging, reducing unpleasant body odor.
Although the sea is a wonderful gift for the health and beauty of the skin, sometimes it might harm it. Water that is too salty poses a risk of drying the skin instead of it providing the hydration, which we mentioned earlier. Moreover, in many places the water is contaminated as a result of the global human negligence and can cause skin irritations. It is better not to rely solely on the fact that the sea cleans itself, but to protect our bodies and especially the delicate facial skin with appropriate cosmetics.
Another special feature of the water that should not be underestimated is that the drops are a kind of lenses, reflecting light. Therefore, wet skin burns under the strong summer sun much more easily and quickly. Particularly vulnerable in all of these cases are the kids, who spend a long time in the water or on the sand, much immersed in games. It is highly recommended, even obligatory, to apply products with a high sun protection factor on the body and face of your child before you take him to the beach. And when you go home and wash away the salt and sand, it is good to use an after-sun milk as an extra care for the delicate skin of your kid.