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. Ere Avatar

    I have a prolapsed uterus what are some natural ways to repair without a hysterectomy or mesh surgery?

  2. Rachel Avatar

    I really wanted to comment on this post and say THANK YOU! This spray is terrific–I would pay good money for this if I didn’t know any better! :c)
    I used green tea as a base, followed your recipe otherwise, omitted essential oils, and added a pinch of zinc (because it helps with acne) and ReStore (a lignite concentrate intended for gut health). My skin is finally acne-free. I think it’s a combination of this spray and using microfiber washcloths instead of face soap. I’m getting compliments on my skin–thank you, Katie!

  3. Stephanie Avatar

    I love this Sea Salt Spray I’ve just made up my second bottle and my sprayer will not spray smooth any more I thought I read where someone had a remedy for this but unable to find again. Any suggestions!!!

  4. Michael Avatar

    I do not have Magnesium flakes. Would I be able to use an existing magnesium spray and add it to the water? Or am I better off just using epsom salt?

  5. kim Avatar

    I bottled ocean water from Barbados and have used it as eye dropsfor cyst under lid (added colloidal silver to dropper and it worked even better). I’ve sprayed the ocean water on my face for clear skin and I’ve also used it to clear my sinuses. The ocean is amazing !!

  6. Lise Brown Avatar
    Lise Brown

    Just curious…I have read elsewhere that any time you’re making a recipe that has water, you need to add a preservative such as Optiphen Plus to keep mold from growing. Does this recipe need that? Thanks!

  7. Steph Avatar

    Hi I have been thinking about making magnesium oil using dead sea bath salts do you think it would work? Here are the ingredients:-
    Magnesium Chloride 30.0 – 35.0 %
    Potassium Chloride 20.0 – 28.0 %
    Sodium Chloride 3.0 – 8.0 %
    Calcium Chloride 0.1 – 0.5 %
    Bromide 0.3 – 0.6 %
    Sulphates 0.05 – 0.2 %
    Insolubles 0 – 0.3%
    Water of Crystallization 32.0 – 40.0 %

  8. Serena Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I want to begin making some of your healthy and beauty recipes. When making a recipe that uses essential oils I have read oils need to be stored in glass. I see you use the Amber Glass jars. Do you use dropper tops, spray tops, or phenolic tops? I have read that its not good to store essential oils in anything with dropper or spray tops (anything with plastic essentially). Is that only a rule for undiluted essential oils or for these recipes as well?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      I think it is less of a concern with diluted essential oils. I would personally prefer to avoid plastic entirely, but have never been able to find any glass jar or container that has no plastic whatsoever… even EO containers have plastic lids.

  9. Susanne Avatar

    Hi Katie

    I did actually tthink of making the magnesium oil with a tea with dried herbs when I came acorss yours suggestion about it. But I was wondering if it keep fresh for long or for how long can it stay fresh ?


  10. stacey s Avatar
    stacey s

    will any kind of sea salt work? Such as in my grinder I use for cooking? or does it have to be a special kind? Otherwise I’ll get the himalayin salt

  11. denise Avatar

    Hello, I purchase dead Sea magnesium salts today and was told if I mix and spray on my body it will give me energy that I need with hypothyroidism if true how would I mix this.? How else may I use this with this illness. Thank you

  12. Mary Susan Avatar
    Mary Susan

    Can I use my sole brine instead of straight salt? Would the sole/water ratio be the same as with the salt?

  13. Karen Avatar

    Should I have a layer of salt on my face after it dries? I used 1 Tablespoon of Pink Himalayan Salt.

    1. Karen Avatar

      Is it supposed to burn? I’d like the convenience of a spray but it is clogging my sprayers 🙁

  14. Rob Avatar

    Hi Guys. I suffer from really bad eczema. Have tried a number of ways to relive the itch / pain. Just gave this a go now. I used a mix of sea salt, epsom salts, warm water and a few drops of virgin olive oil. Seems to be really calming. Will let you know in a few days if it has reduced my eczema. Cheers

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