When your skin suffers from a serious problem like psoriasis, Epsom salt baths may offer relief. Psoriasis is a skin disease in which dead cells begin to build up on the skin's surface, forming scales and red, dry, itchy patches [source: Mayo Clinic]. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, so it can't be completely cured, but Epsom salt baths may help soothe the skin when flare-ups occur.
Epsom Salt Baths for Softening Skin
Dry, itchy skin is a common skin care concern for people of any age, and Epsom salt can help.
Mineral-rich Epsom salt bathwater can help turn rough, dry skin into smooth, soft skin, especially if you use partially dissolved salt crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells and rough spots away [source: Epsom Salt Council]. Epsom salt baths also can be a soothing at-home treatment for serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. Of course, if you do have any chronic skin conditions, you might want to consult your physician before sitting down for a soak.
Taking Epsom salt baths regularly may help keep your skin soft, but the key is to remember to rinse away any salt that is left on your skin after your bath. To keep your skin moisturized, use warm water in the tub and limit your time in the water -- too much water or heat can take away moisturizing oils from your skin. Within three minutes of getting out of the bath or shower, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the bath or shower to lock in water and prevent it from evaporating and taking your skin's natural oils along with it.
As Epsom salt can help to soften your skin, it can also help if you need to hide wrinkles on your skin.