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. heather propes Avatar
    heather propes

    I have had severe hand eczema lately with blistering and cracking and itching. So I tried some of this and it helped! It dried out the skin but that is good. I’ll keep using it every few hours and use some aveeno lotion in between. thanks!

  2. Mira Park Avatar

    Could I replace epsom salt or magnesium flakes for magnesium oil? If so, how much would I add?

    1. Beth Avatar

      I have the same question. I have a magnesium oil spray and want to just use that with unrefined salt. Not sure of a ratio of salt to a 2 oz bottle of magnesium oil. Thanks!

  3. Kelsey Hood Avatar
    Kelsey Hood

    Hi there! I was also linked here after researching natural remedies to help eczema (which I have been suffering from for the past few years on my face as well as rosacea. This particular remedy caught my eye because anytime I have a chance to take a beach vacation (normally once a year) my eczema and rosacea completely disappear then of course a few days after I get home from my vacation it reappears. I am most definitely going to try the sea salt spray when I get home, but I had question…Instead of using Magnesium Flakes can I use a powder form?


  4. Ashley Wundrow Avatar
    Ashley Wundrow

    Hello! I was linked here after reading about the DIY vitamin C serum. My poor skin suffered awful acne post-baby & while I was nursing. I’m left with scars & hyper-pigmentation predominately on my cheeks. I was wondering if the sea salt spray is effective in lightening these marks or should I try the Vitamin C serum? I still am prone to some breakouts.

    Also, I’m always looking for “natural” ways to keep my acne at bay. My current face regimen is as follows:
    Every other day at night I use aloe Vera & tea tree oil that I use as sort of a mask and then on the off days I use a baking soda/water rub & then Rodan & Fields sulfur wash. I use Rodan & Fields sulfur wash every morning. I am on 2 topical prescription acne medications as well.
    Any ideas of things to try would be much appreciated. 🙂 I had flawless skin pre-babies & now 2 babies & lengthy nursing relationships later – my face is a mess. 🙁


  5. Anna Humberstone Avatar
    Anna Humberstone

    Thanks so much for your reply as always. I have recently started me and my family on our own journey to natural health and your website is invaluable. With gratitude, Anna 🙂

  6. Anna Humberstone Avatar
    Anna Humberstone

    Hi there, I have an unopened 1kg bag of dead sea salt and I’m wondering how to use them. I don’t want to use them in the bath as I’m pregnant – would using these in the recipe be good do you think? Or even as a spray on its own? Thanks for your fab website and podcasts! 🙂

  7. Lynda Avatar

    I love all the recipes you have for skin health and beauty. I would love it if you knew any recipes on how to make a how to make a mineral powder foundation? Something close to Bare Minerals brand?
    I’m always playing around with different makeup, lotions, and creams. I’m 43 with fair skin, and I’m noticing fine lines and crows feet around my eyes. I really don’t like that at all. I want my 20 year old skin back. Lol (don’t we all?)
    Thank you for time, and your amazing DIY’s.

  8. Salma Avatar

    Hi, I have a question. You said distilled water or water heated to almost boiling. Why did you specify “almost boiling,” if I may ask? Does it make a difference if the water came to a full on boil?

  9. Laura Avatar

    I apologize if this is a dumb question, as I know very little about essential oils so far, but would it be a problem to use fresh mint leaves/herbs instead of essential oils if it’s just for fragrance?

  10. Tanya Skinner Avatar
    Tanya Skinner

    I’m wondering the same thing…my daughter is 16 months…can I use it on her?

  11. Debre Avatar

    My 5 month old has had eczema since around 2 months. We’ve tried everything. I’m currently in the process of changing my diet to raw and gluten free since I breast feed. It’s weird because it’s not all over her body anymore only on her face. It’s weeps on her cheeks and I was hoping this spray would help with that. Do you have any suggestions on any modifications to the spray for a 5 month old or can I use it as is? I was planning to omit the essential oil and use calendula tea…

  12. Cerise Avatar

    I also have eczema on the insides of both heels & both of the palms of my hands & have tried EVERYTHING!!!! I am going to try your recipe for the face serumfor my face but I was also wondering if maybe I could use the face serum on my eczema? Have you ever tried that?

  13. Sadie Avatar

    Firstly, thank you for this website and all the interesting info! I have just started trying things such as homemade shampoo (both coconut milk/aloe variety and no-poo methods) and ACV rinse, oil pulling (had never heard of or imagined such a thing!), and oil cleansing (with mainly coconut oil but also olive oil). To make sunscreen and natural oils moisturizer/lotion, I am trying to get zinc oxide and beeswax locally (i.e. without mail order–shipping RUINS the good prices) and have just found beeswax reasonably-priced at Whole Foods. If you don’t need the large block of it, you can buy a 2oz candle for $2.99. Except for the wick, it’s pure beeswax. What a great idea! (Thank you, Whole Body/Whole Foods Cosmetics Dept. Lady for the smart suggestion!)
    NOW, for my actual related-to-this-post question! (Gee, was she ever going to get there?)
    Can I somehow combine your two recipes for magnesium oil and sea salt spray? Since you recommend both the oil spray and the salt spray and they seem to have the same ingredients and method of use (i.e. spray on body), it would seem wasteful of time and resources to make each separately. Or, am I missing something? Is there a reason for keeping each potion a separate beauty treatment? Does each do something that the other does not?
    I was thinking of making the oil, and then increasing water by a half cup and adding the Tbsp of sea salt. (Because the sea salt spray recipe has 1 cup liquid while the oil recipe has just half a cup. But, I am no chemist. How should I do this?
    Thanks, again!
    Lady Sadie

      1. Allegra Avatar

        What size bottle did you use? Was it glass? I was thinking of dropping some tea tree oil in there..

  14. Sandra Scoggins Avatar
    Sandra Scoggins

    Dear Katie,
    I wanted to say thank you very much for all your DIY recipes and information. I want wholesome, natural things for my daughter and myself but being a single mother I’m on a VERY LIMITED budget. You have provided me with the know-how to do this in a cost effective manner. So, thank you, not only from me but on my daughter’s behalf as well!!

  15. Natalie Avatar

    How long can you leave the completed sea salt spray in its spray bottle? Does it matter?

  16. Carol Avatar

    My 6 year old son has severe eczema and his face is weeping and crusty. Can I spray it on his face or do I use cotton balls. Thanks.

  17. Caty Avatar

    I have used this spray several times…even with my sensitive skin, it’s only dried my skin once, and I don’t believe I’ve had redness or irritation yet. However, it makes my face feel nice and fresh! Just be sure that if you rub it in (which I don’t know if you’re supposed to do), if you have broken skin on your finger it will sting a little! Overall, I’ve been very pleased with this spray. Thanks, Katie!

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