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 aches. 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 www.epsomsaltcouncil.org . 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