The benefits of sea salt go beyond making your food taste better. If you have itchy or acne-prone skin, you might find relief by replacing your facial toner with a homemade saline solution. In her book "The Healthy Skin Diet," author Karen Fischer recommends cleansing your face with salt water when you get a pimple, citing its antibacterial and alkalizing properties. Splashing your face with salt water instead of applying astringent can help normalize the production of sebum, the natural facial oil that contributes to breakouts.
Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring it to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of sea salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. Allow the salt water to cool. If desired, pour it into a mixing bowl, or just bring the cooled pot into the bathroom.
Wash your face with the gentle cleanser of your choice. Work the cleanser into your skin with your fingertips for at least 30 seconds.
Splash your face with cool water to rinse away all the cleanser. Leave your skin wet.
Dip your cupped hands into the salt water and splash your face with it. Wait five to 10 seconds, then splash your face again. Repeat the process for one minute.
Rinse your face with cool water again and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Apply an oil-free moisturizer, as salt water can be drying.
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.