For Mother's Day or Any Day: An At-Home Spa Experience

Apr 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from Epsom Salt Council

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Women love going to spas, but
 all that pampering can get expensive.  Yet women can keep up beauty and
 relaxation regimens for just pennies a day by using something they may already
 have in the house: Epsom Salt.
     Epsom Salt can offer stressed-out women a relaxing bath, an exfoliating
 skin treatment, a gentle face mask and more.
     "This age-old compound is gaining more and more attention to its
 affordable, back-to-basics approach to health, beauty and relaxation," says
 Jim Hill, spokesperson for the Epsom Salt Council. He added that the magnesium
 in Epsom Salt is proven to ease stress, improve sleep and relieve muscle
     Several ways to use Epsom Salt to relax include:
      - For a relaxing soak: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a
        standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times
        weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a
        refreshing scent.
      - To exfoliate: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly
        and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently
        scrub away dry skin patches.
      - Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore
        cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
      - Spa treatment: After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom Salt over wet
        skin to exfoliate the body. It's the same treatment many upscale spas
        use, without the upscale price!
      - Bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance
        to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or
        1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.
     If you want to package Epsom Salt into the perfect gift for Mom, simply
 decorate a plastic or paper bag, bottle or other sturdy container, pour in
 Epsom Salt and seal.
     For more information on Epsom Salt, log on to .
 Founded in 1993, the Epsom Salt Council is made up of the three leading
 manufacturers and packagers of the product. Founding members are Giles
 Chemical, in Waynesville, N.C.; PQ Corporation in Valley Forge, PA; and PICC
 in New York, NY.

SOURCE Epsom Salt Council