What crosses your mind when someone mentions sulfur? Most of us know sulfur as a stinky gas that we smell when a rotten egg is left in the back of the refrigerator. We don’t think of it as a beauty aid, and we certainly don’t wonder if we should rub it on our faces.
But, the truth is, sulfur is an amazing beauty tool that is great for use in ointments and lotions. You can bathe in it, cleanse with it, and even eat it!
Don’t believe me?
The natural mineral sulfur is abundant all over the planet and we eat it in many of the common foods that we consume. It is one of the main building blocks in the body that contributes to healthy joints, skin, and digestion. It actually is the third most concentrated mineral in the body, which makes up amino acids that create proteins, hormones, antibodies, cells, tissues, and enzymes. While it can have a sort of skunk-like smell, it can be very helpful for the proper functioning of the body.
How Sulfur Helps
The real question is: How does it not help?
Dermatologists sometimes suggest topical sulfur ointment for treating dandruff, warts, skin discoloration, hair follicle infections, and even shingles. It has also been proven to help treat a wide variety of health conditions including persistent skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
The mineral appears to assist in killing bacteria on the skin as well as sloughing off old, dead, excess skin. Many people use sulfur’s antioxidant effects to detoxify, using the body’s natural production of glutathione. There is also a great deal of evidence to suggest that sulfur can help with bone and joint health as well as muscle growth. Some studies even suggest that it may provide an energy boost.
It is so powerful and abundant that it’s no wonder so many people are adding it to their beauty regimen!
How Do I Apply It?
For skin, sulfur products are almost always in the form of a topical cream, ointment, etc. Some people take mud baths containing sulfur, while others use cleansers, gels, or lotions. These may be over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Also, make your best effort to get as many sulfur-rich foods into your daily meals as you can.
Foods rich in sulfur include:
- Fruits (all)
- Raw milk
- Soy products
- Brussels sprouts
- Wheat germ
- Leafy green vegetables
So, there you have it. You doubted whether or not it was true. Admit it. You thought we were making it up. But, nope. It is true. Sulfur is a necessary component to your health and skincare regimen. Want to look and feel great for years to come? Sulfur is the answer… or, part of it, at least.
Jessica Walrack is a gal from California who loves to write. She has been freelance writing for 4 years while traveling the world. Jessica specializes in travel, fashion. health, and all things beauty-related.