Sea Salt Spray for Healthy Skin

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I’m a big fan of natural sea salt and magnesium. Not only is salt important in food but salt water is an increasingly popular ingredient in skincare products for healthier skin. This recipe combines magnesium with a saltwater solution to create a skin-nourishing sea salt spray.

Sea Salt and salt water have a long history of use in various beauty recipes and skin therapies. It even has its own name: thalassotherapy (aka the therapeutic use of salt water). Whether you have sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, or dry skin, salt water for your skin may help.

Skin Benefits of Salt Water

Many people seem to notice less acne, a clearer complexion, and improved skin texture after using salt on their skin. Salt scrubs or a salt bath are some popular ways to include this in your skincare routine. I also like this gentle sea salt spray because it stays on the skin to continually nourish it.

So what makes ocean water so great for the skin? Since saltwater is naturally antimicrobial it can help with acne-causing bacteria. It’s also a rich source of naturally occurring trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. And if we’re talking about salt from the Dead Sea, that has a much higher proportion of various chloride and bromide salts and other minerals.

I mentioned before that salt scrubs are one popular way to get sea salt’s skin benefits. These help exfoliate dead skin cells, boost collagen, and can help with blackheads. Salt scrubs are often too harsh for the face though so I like to reserve these for body scrubs. You can still get many of the same exfoliating benefits from a saltwater skin spray.

Salt Water For Different Skin Types

Salt water may be trending when it comes to skincare but it’s not the perfect fit for everyone. If you have dryness or certain skin conditions you may find it irritating. Many people though find that the salt’s healing minerals help with irritated skin. If you’re unsure you could try a test patch before rubbing it all over your face.

Some dermatologists recommend against washing your face with salt water, but I think that’s throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Cultures have used saltwater therapeutically for thousands of years. Studies have examined it’s benefits for musculoskeletal issues like arthritis and skin problems like psoriasis.

A 2005 clinical trial looked at the benefits of bathing in the Dead Sea on psoriasis lesions. Researchers reported a nearly 76% improvement in psoriasis symptoms. In a similar 2007 study psoriasis patients saw over 95% improvement in symptoms. Even more impressive, the results after treatment lasted for about 23 weeks with lingering positive effects for about 33 weeks.

Other studies have looked at saltwater for eczema. These studies report improved inflammation and less skin cracking for eczema patients.

Some people report good results for dandruff and reducing scalp buildup too.

Another study looked at using saltwater baths for EB, a rare but painful skin disorder that causes blisters. EB patients reported having 91% less pain and saw huge improvements in skin odor and discharge. While most of us won’t have to deal with this disease, it just goes to show how powerful saltwater for skin can be!

How Saltwater Benefits Oily Skin

One of the most popular ways to use saltwater washes is for oily skin. When our skin starts producing excess oil this can lead to pimples and breakouts. Because saltwater is drying and healing this makes it perfect for oily skin types. Plus it’s antimicrobial to fight pathogenic bacteria on the skin.

How to Use Salt Water for Skin

You don’t want to use too much saltwater though, especially if you have normal to dry skin types. Try following up your saltwater spray with a moisturizer for extra hydration. Some sources recommend starting out using a saltwater cleanser or toner just a few times a week.

Many people simply mix together tap water and table salt for a DIY version. This is not the same as getting the benefits of bathing in sea salt! I don’t eat table salt and it’s not my first choice for a salt spray either. This spray combines filtered or distilled water (or herbal tea) with mineral-rich sea salt or Himalayan salt. Something that’s finely ground dissolves more easily.

Don’t Forget the Magnesium

I also add Epsom salts or magnesium flakes to my salt spray. These are both great sources of magnesium and wonderful for the skin. While sea salt does have trace amounts of magnesium, adding magnesium really boosts the skin benefits.

Aside from its beauty benefits, this sea spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and light. It can serve as a facial toner or as an all-over skin nourishing spray. If you’ve never tried salt on the skin, I’d encourage you to try this simple and inexpensive recipe!

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Sea Salt Spray for Healthy Skin

Salt water for the skin is an ancient practice! This nourishing spray helps balance the skin with mineral-rich sea salt and magnesium.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 8 ounces
Author: Katie Wells



  • Add salt and Epsom salt or magnesium flakes to some water in a small pot. Heat gently and stir until the salt is completely dissolved.
  • Allow to cool and add essential oils if using.
  • Store in a glass spray bottle in a cool place.


To use: Shake well and spray on a cotton pad and use as a toner or lightly mist skin. I also love using this after swimming!

Add More Herbal Benefits to Your Spray

Soothing herbs like calendula, lavender, and chamomile are nice additions. You can make a tea with them, then strain and add your salt. This will last for about 1-2 weeks in the fridge. For a more shelf-stable version try adding some hydrosols. Simply dissolve the salt in 3/4 cup hot water, then add 1/4 cup hydrosol once the mixture has cooled.

Do you use salt water for skin health? Share your experience below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


152 responses to “Sea Salt Spray for Healthy Skin”

  1. KP Avatar

    Hey! As a teen, I experience lots of wonderful acne, and I’ve been struggling to find a cleanser/treatment that can hep me out! Is this effective? Also, does this dry out the skin? From previous knowledge, salt loves to dry things out! If so, what moisturizer should I use? I’m pretty busy so no heavy oils, as id look pretty greasy when out and about! thanks so much, love your website!

    1. Hannah Avatar

      I’m 15 and I have acne too! A few months ago it was really bad and red so I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I have naturally oily skin so I wasn’t sure how well it would work but using an oil as a moisturizer actually tells your skin not to make oil because it is hydrated. Coconut oil absorbs into the skin quickly and does not show or look greasy at all, it is also a great base for your makeup! I absolutely love it! I actually use it all over after I shower and it has definitely helped with acne and exzema! Hope this helps!

  2. Denessa Avatar

    Just a brief side note, the minerals found in salt that tighten skin and minimize wrinkles have the negative effect of causing skin to actually lose elasticity over time, which subsequently causes more wrinkling of the skin. Alternative? Hemorrhoid cream. The active ingredient in this cream significantly tightens skin long-term and does not have the negative effect of breaking down your skin’s elasticity. I use it for the wrinkles around my eyes (ie: crows-feet) and have had noticeable improvement. ;0)

    1. Kii Avatar

      Hey Denessa, where did you get this information from about mineral salts and skin losing elasticity over time? I can’t find reference to it anywhere.

      1. Regina Avatar

        I was just thinking the same thing… Like I’m going to want a chemical hemmeroid cream on my skin potentially clogging my pores instead of natutal sea salt. Which by the way this toner is FABULOUS! It is the best skin care product I’ve ever used in all areas including wrinkles.. I make mine with calendula or chamomile tea and it smells soooooo good.
        Maybe dennessa works for Preperation !! Haha. jK

  3. Venessa Avatar

    Can I use rose water or other “standardized waters” in stead of the water / herbal infusions?

  4. evolet0680 Avatar

    I can’t wait to try this. Currently I am using witch hazel and coconut oil (or honey and coconut oil, depending on hormones) to clean my skin and I love it, but some days it needs a little more. I’ve done the clay mask with ACV and it’s a great spa treatment for me, but I am thinking that in the mornings this could be my “pick me up” prior to the 5 minute “make me up” session.

    For the teas– could I use a rosemary tea? Would it be too much for the skin? Or should I stick to the chamomile and calendula?

  5. Mary Nunez Avatar
    Mary Nunez

    I love your blog!! I’m a mama of 2 very young boys and on a budget! I have tried a few of your wonderful recipe’s… I have a question for this spray though.. what is the “shelf life”? Thank you!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Indefinitely… salt is naturally antibacterial so it lasts a long time.

  6. Sarah Waters Avatar
    Sarah Waters

    Where did you purchase your spray/spritzer bottle? I need to get my hands on a few so I can make some sea spray for my sisters and mom.

    1. Madison Avatar

      Yes, I have wondered where I could get a spray bottle as well. I have heard that you need a glass spray bottle, as plastic absorbs the essential oils. I could not find anything glass!! Thanks ????

      1. Jamie Avatar

        I was wondering as well! Can’t wait to try this out! Still looking for this kind of bottle though. Katie! Where did you buy this? Thank you so much!

      2. Ella Avatar

        I have no idea how old these comments are because they are not dated. But I buy my glass spray bottles on Amazon. They have lots of sizes and varieties (make sure if you get an amber or blue bottle that they are real colored glass and not painted). I just did research on that site and used the reviews to help me pick the bottles that I thought would work well for me. Hope this help some of you. 🙂

      3. Heidi Avatar

        I found my beautiful cobalt glass spray bottle on Amazon from Amy’s Organics. Best wishes to all!

  7. Rachael Shannon Avatar
    Rachael Shannon

    I made a batch of your shampoo about three months ago and used almond oil as you suggested. I had a TERRIBLE reaction to it! I don’t know if it was just a bad batch of oil or if I’m allergic, but my doctor even said it was the worst case of folliculitis she had ever seen! Anyway, the past 3 months have been spent trying every kind of prescription and non prescription cream, steroid, cleaner, etc that I could get my hands on, to no avail. Needless to say, I was veeery frustrated. I made a batch of this spray, and I am not kidding, after ONE application (I kind of went overboard and soaked gauze pads and just laid them over my whole body) I noticed a huge difference! It’s been three days, and it’s barely noticeable! Thank you, Katie!!!!

  8. Kristina M Avatar
    Kristina M

    Am looking forward to making this in the coming weekend… But – I always thought that salt dries things out…? I was introduced to using oil to clean my body through Ayurveda a few years ago, and like the oil cleansing method soap hasn’t touched a majority of my skin for almost 3 years (I know it sounds gross, but I quickly became a convert and soap is only necessary in certain areas!). With all the deep nourishing that has happened from the oil, what makes salt so beneficial? The magnesium makes sense… Just curious!

  9. elissa Avatar

    This looks great! How many drops of essential oil should use?

  10. Elly Avatar

    This spray is amazing, thank you so much for posting this!

    I used Camomile tea instead of just water and it really soothes the skin and smells lovely. Made my acne MUCH LESS visible, when nothing else I have tried, including horrible smelling creams, helped.

    Definitely the best thing I’ve tried. 🙂

  11. Maggi Daly Spillman Avatar
    Maggi Daly Spillman

    This sounds great! 🙂 If using the herbal tea, would you just steep and then mix? How soon should all of the spray be used after making? Thanks!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Just steep and mix. The spray will keep with the salt at least a month…

  12. Kirsten McCulloch Avatar
    Kirsten McCulloch

    I love the sound of this – just the name makes me feel all summery and down by the sea 🙂 I guess we’re nearly half way through winter here, and I’m looking forward to summer already! (I do realise the point of the spray is not to make you feel like you’re on holidays, but hey, it’s worth a try isn’t it? 😛 )

  13. Jessie Previch Avatar
    Jessie Previch

    I have been following your blog for a while and have done many many of your DIY recipies that really helped out during my Peace Corps service. Affordable and natural and my skin feels great. So thanks! Question: Could I use the Magnesuim Powder Natural Calm instead of these flakes?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You could try, but it dies have other ingredients so I’m not sure how it would incorporate. You can omit the magnesium and just use salt though…

  14. Steff Avatar

    Since going off birth control 5 months ago (I was using the Nuvaring) my skin has developed the worst acne, which until now I have never suffered with in my life. A lot of it does seem to be hormonal acne (which would make sense) Do you think this spray could potentially help that? Or anything else that could be really beneficial? Been good with diet, exercise, and reducing stress but things seem to getting worse.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It definitely shouldn’t hurt! Internal magnesium is often helpful too…

      1. tanya Avatar

        what kind of magnesium there are so many and its really hard to trust whats real thank for the in put have a great day

          1. Yvette Avatar

            Is it me… Magnesium oil stings like crazy on my enflamed excema

    2. Caroline Blache Avatar
      Caroline Blache

      You should read the book acne no more ( you can find it on the website of the autor) it has helped a lot to deal with hormonal acne without taking the pill.
      You could maybe try if you’re not hiding some part of yourself if you’re loving yourself enough.
      I was in the same case than you. I send you support
      Have a nice day

    3. Shauna Avatar

      Your skin will go crazy with hormonal changes but should settle in about 3 cycles. Really increase your water!

  15. Zoe Molina Avatar
    Zoe Molina

    Could this be used on skin with eczema?
    Also, how much lavender (or mint) essential oil do you add to it?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It can be used on skin with eczema. The oils could be left out, or a couple drops could be added…

      1. Phoebe Avatar

        Hi there. My mother in law has a very bad patch of eczema that’s oozing at the moment. We’re trying a diet adjustment and we’re interested in the sea salt spray. Just one question, could the sea salt spray make her eczema worse at all? We’re worried about infection

        1. Ashley Avatar

          If the spray does not work the sea salt would just clean and disinfect the eczema and any open cuts from scratching

    2. Michelle Avatar

      Optional: 1-3 drops of essential oil of choice (I like Lavender or Mint)

    3. Von Avatar

      I’ve found that Frankincense EO really helps with eczema on my hands. Clears it up faster than anything prescription or OTC. It might be worth a test in this.

    1. Anna Avatar

      Do you use this sea salt spray in lieu of a moisturizer, or do use it before or after you moisturize? Thank you in advance!

  16. Erica Avatar

    When using the oil cleaning method when would you apply this? I haven’t been using a toner since I started using oils to wash my face but I would love to try this!!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      After washing but before applying makeup or anything else…

      1. Chloe Avatar

        Loving this recipe! Is this spray ok to use twice daily? Or should I stick to just the once?

      2. Leigh-Anne Avatar

        so you rinse it off or leave it under moisturizer / makeup ?

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