Baths are not only relaxing (and fun when you are a child) but they can also be a huge, and important, part of your skin care routine. Soaking in the water soothes aching muscles, hydrates skin and by adding different things to the bath water it can also heal, stop itch, lubricate and all around beautify. To get the most out of your bath time you should make it as relaxing an experience as possible. Start off by getting yourself a bath pillow and some candles. The bath pillow will make your relaxed bath experience more comfortable and the candles will give a more relaxing light than having the bathroom light turned on.
A bath should be like a mini-vacation from the world. It should be relaxing and relieving. Many people take baths to fight headaches, to calm stress or to stop itchy skin. This article is going to focus on baths for skin care. But each bath has multiple things it can do for you. Lavender relieves headaches and promotes stress relief, green tea sends antioxidants into the body through the skin and just relaxing in the bath in general promotes both calm and well-being.
If you have itchy skin the most popular bath to take is an oatmeal bath. Oatmeal helps to relieve itch and it can be very hydrating. There are bath packets you can buy at the store in order to take an oatmeal bath, or you can simply put about a cup of instant oatmeal in a muslin cloth, tie it off and soak it in your tub of warm water. Soak yourself and your oatmeal ball in the bath until the water starts to cool. Follow up with your favorite lotion to seal in moisture.
For sore skin, if you have any rashes or bug bites, try a lavender bath. Lavender has healing properties and can aid the skin in repairing itself. The easiest way to make yourself a wonderfully relaxing lavender bath is to just add about seven drops of lavender essential oils to your warm bath water. Again, soak until the water starts cooling and follow up with a lotion for sensitive skin or that contains aloe, as these will also promote healing.
For a deep moisturizing bath that will have your skin feeling extremely smooth and hydrated you should try a buttermilk bath. Just add a cup of fresh buttermilk to your warm bath water. Buttermilk soaks into your skins layers to promote moisturization from deep within. It also contains natural chemicals that aid in smoothing the skin, making it very soft to the touch. Just like the insides of your body can benefit from calcium, so too can your skin from the outside.
To feed your skin some antioxidants that can promote healing from the outside in you should try a green tea bath. This bath will help relax the skin, can promote healing of scar tissue and it is just plain relaxing. For this bath you will want to fill up the tub with water just a little bit hotter than normal and soak about ten green tea bags in it until the waters cools enough to get in. You can either leave in the tea bags or take them out before you get in. Again, soak until the water begins to cool.
Any of these skin care baths can be used regularly, or you can use a different one each week. They are not only relaxing but they help your skin to be fresh and beautiful. A skin care bath is like a full body spa in one tub of water, just fill it up, add your ingredients and soak your cares away.
Reference: The Body Shop Body Care Manual, 2003