Researchers at the Epsom Salt Council note that "Epsom Salt can help women create their own spa treatments at home, and this naturally-occurring mineral can leave your readers with glowing skin and smooth feet. Best of all, you can get Epsom salt for just a few bucks at your local pharmacy or supermarket and give yourself a Red Carpet look." If that's the case, I give it two thumbs up. But what is it exactly that makes this miracle ingredient so miraculous? Here's the skinny (taken from Epsom Salt Council Website).
"Magnesium - the key component of Epsom Salt -- performs more functions in more systems of the human body than virtually any other mineral, including regulating the activity of more than 325 enzymes.
Studies show that magnesium is:
- An electrolyte, helping to ensure proper muscle, nerve and enzyme function.
- Critical to the proper use of calcium in cells.
- An aid in helping to prevent heart disease and strokes by lowering blood pressure, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
Medical research also indicates that magnesium may:
- Increase the effectiveness of insulin, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
- Reduce inflammation and relieves pain, making it a beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, migraine headaches and fibromyalgia.
Although magnesium can be absorbed through the digestive tract, many foods, drugs and medical conditions can interfere with the effectiveness of this deliver method. Therefore, soaking in an Epsom Salt bath is one of the most effective means of making the magnesium your body needs readily available.
Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates, which medical research indicates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Studies show that sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants. Studies indicate that sulfates are difficult to absorb from food, but are readily absorbed through the skin."
Well if Grandma got it right, and professionals have it right, who else is using this much talked about beauty secret?
"Uma Thurman, for instance, told In Style that Epsom salt is one of her beauty must haves." Resounds the Council. "Gwyneth Paltrow recently posted some beauty tips on her Web site including a suggestion to take an Epsom Salt bath “to detox, revive muscles and de-puff skin.” Before that, the Daily Mail (London) reported that supermodel Heidi Klum soaked in Epsom Salt to get rid of bloating. And Jessica Alba told Marie Claire that she takes baths almost daily and, “Because I work out so hard, I usually put in a gallon of Epsom salts."
With all that said, I believe I'll take a trip to my nearest pharmacy and pick up 10 boxes tonight (1 for each movie set). Stay tuned for more great uses for Epsom Salt and more great tips and techniques from yours truly. In beauty, Billy Lowe.