When it comes to using salt in cosmetics, most companies will go on and on at great lengths to describe the many supposed health benefits of their product’s salt chemical formula, but in reality, they are actually “hanging you out to dry” – in more ways than one! Not only are cosmetics with a salt chemical formula doing no favors to your face and skin, they are also deceiving you with a type of misleading marketing that’s become so standard practice, hardly anybody notices.
The skin care industry makes all sorts of health claims about using sea salt, even talking up its rich mineral content. You’ve heard their version, but now let us, the experts at Replenish Plus, tell you the real truth (and try not to get too “salty” when after learning how you’ve been deceived): the only way to get rid of the gritty feeling of salt in cosmetics is by heating it up, or by softening it with chemicals. When companies do this to salt, they eliminate all of the mineral content from the salt’s chemical formula – along with every last one of its “rich mineral content” claims.
The only time salt is useful is when it’s used for rubbing against the skin for exfoliating purposes. In all other cases, salt in beauty products is little more than a cheap filler agent. You may remember our report on how water is often used as a cheap additive that accomplishes nothing, and salt is largely no different in this respect. In fact, a cosmetic company can use as much harmful salts as they want in their formulations and still claim they are an organic skin care product with absolutely no legal repercussions.
Did we just say “harmful salts”? Yes. Aside from leeching water from your skin (the third layer to be exact), which is something all salts do, take a look at these prime suspects in particular:
Quaternium-15 – banned in Europe for causing necrosis in rabbits, but legal in the United States to use in amounts.
Sodium polyacrylate – classified as a “medium human health priority” by Canada for causing organ damage.
The bottom line? Salt in cosmetics is a no-go, especially at Replenish Plus!