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Avoiding excess salt in your diet? Good call for your health; but when it comes to your beauty regimen, this age-old remedy is just what the doctor (or dermatologist) ordered. One of Mother Earth’s oldest natural beauty fixes, mineral-dense Dead Sea salt acts much differently than classic table salt, especially when on (rather than in) the body. Its range of minerals—magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium—lend a multitude of benefits to the skin, hair and lips. Try these easy, DIY beauty remedies to bring flavor to your summer beauty routine. Plus, check out our favorite salty natural product picks for the season. For your skin … Chock-full of essential minerals, sea salt makes a stellar gentle, natural exfoliant that supports healthy circulation and sloughs off dead skin cells. Dead Sea salt has traditionally been used to heal psoriasis and dermatitis. Now, research shows that the magnesium in Dead Sea salt can also hydrate skin, improve skin barrier function and visibly reduce topical inflammation. DIY: Combine a cup of sea salt with a half-cup of nourishing fruit oil or nut oil (olive, almond or grapeseed) and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil; gently rub on arms and legs in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation. Also use as a foot soak, sprinkling salt into warm water to hydrate skin and reduce inflammation. “Follow with a rich lotion,” recommends Leah Crump, spa director at Ocean Pearl Spa in Carlsbad, California.