Studies revealed that 67 per cent of adults in the UK suffer from sleep deprivation, while 31 per cent have insomnia. If you’re one of those affected, this old-fashioned beauty hack might just be the solution you’ve been searching for.
According to health and wellness experts, Epsom salt could be the key to a good night’s sleep. The bath salts, which are a naturally occurring compound of minerals made up of magnesium and sulphate, have been gaining traction on social media as bloggers and influencers add them to their bedtime beauty routines.
Once dissolved in water, the magnesium and the sulphate in Epsom salt crystals, which can be used in a bath or as an exfoliating scrub, can effectively penetrate the skin. In fact, magnesium alone has incredible relaxation benefits. In a report by Psychology Today, magnesium is described as the ‘original chill pill’, helping de-stress the mind and body.
‘Magnesium seems to act on many levels in the hormonal axis and regulation of the stress response,’ author Emily Deans explains.
‘Magnesium can suppress the ability of the hippocampus to stimulate the ultimate release of stress hormone, it can reduce the release of ACTH (the hormone that tells your adrenal glands to get in gear and pump out that cortisol and adrenaline), and it can reduce the responsiveness of the adrenal glands to ACTH. In addition, magnesium can act at the blood-brain barrier to prevent the entrance of stress hormones into the brain. All these reasons are why I call magnesium the original chill pill.’
This soothing effect ultimately leads to a sense of zen, which can then translate into a good night’s sleep. Additionally, studies have shown that increasing our body temperature before bed can help us fall asleep faster and deeper.
Lesley Reynolds, co-founder of the Harley Street Skin Clinic and skincare expert, told YOU: ‘If you are suffering from insomnia you might want to try taking magnesium, as this mineral is vital for energy production as well as the metabolism of blood sugars. It has been found to help prevent depression, dizziness, PMS, headaches, migraines, cramping and insomnia.
‘Many of us are unknowingly deficient in magnesium so if you have symptoms of general aches and pains, restless legs and night cramps – things which keep you from getting a full night’s restorative sleep – then this can work as it helps to relax muscles as well as building bone density.
‘A mineral-rich Epsom salts bath will help restore magnesium and sulfate in your system because they can be absorbed through your skin. Try soaking three times per week for about 12 to 15 minutes. Just remember to rinse off any salt which remains on your skin, then apply a moisturiser to lock in the moisture and prevent it from evaporating and taking your skin’s natural oils with it.’