Not too long ago, Hailey Bieber opened up about her struggle with adult acne, not that anyone wanted to believe she was even struggling at first. Considering that every photograph of Mrs. Bieber happens to be more stunning than the next, it came as quite a surprise to many that she too, has dealt with perioral dermatitis.
Although it’s hard to tell when scrolling through her Instagram account, Hailey has actually shared her skin and acne battle publicly, explaining that she’s had the disease for quite some time. Meanwhile, some of her other blemishes are birth control-induced acne. And considering that she has managed to keep her acne completely under wraps, it makes us wonder… how does she manage to do it?
For Hailey, one of the major factors of taking care of her skin is having good nutrition. She’s a huge believer in the Blood Type Diet, as well as using certain French beauty products that she swears by. But another more natural practice she believes helps clear a less than flawless face is by simply swimming in the ocean.
Hailey spent some time on vacation – in an undisclosed tropical location of course – where she posted stories on her Instagram account to share with her 30.7 million followers.
She wrote, “My skin is always the best when I’ve spent time in the ocean… ever wonder why??? Me too.”
She then when on to post yet another story of some of the most crystal clear waters you’ll ever see in your life, sharing, “Sometimes nature is the ultimate beauty hack : )”
So now you’re probably wondering, how true could this be? Could clearing up the skin be done by simply taking a dip in salt water?
According to the director of The Joyful Skin Clinic, Dr. Kemi Fabusiwa says yes. “The high concentrations of salt in ocean water has long been known for its exfoliating properties on the skin, which help to draw out impurities and unclog the pores.”
He continued, “Salt water has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This reduces the number of acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin and helps to promote wound healing.”
For people that are more prone to oiliness or oily skin, salt can help naturally dry it out “as the
water from the ocean draws out excess sebum resulting in more balanced skin,” he adds.
So before you bring out your table salt and attempt to make your very own salt water holiday in the comforts of your bathtub, it’s important to know that sadly, table salt won’t work. Dr. Fabusiwa explains, “There is a difference in the composition of minerals in salt from the ocean versus salt from the table. Sea salt contains minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium in a particular composition that is beneficial for skin health.”
If you’re looking for an alternative to a summer holiday spent swimming in some of the earth’s saltiest oceans, you might want to head over to your closest drug store and pick up a couple of sea salt mineral masks. It might not be the same as floating in a perfectly pristine sea, but until you can actually go on a holiday, that’ll just have to do.