A pleasantly warm bath is always relaxing. Maybe you like to sing and hear your voice resonate in confines of your bathroom, where you obviously are the best singer in the world. Perhaps you like to soak in the water to soothe muscle pain or light candles and play the sounds of the ocean to wash away the stress of your day. Whatever your reason for taking a bath, there are things you can add to your bathwater to make your skin look healthy, young, and rejuvenated. Try out some of the following ingredients to see the benefits.
Aromatherapy is a great way to naturally relieve stress, but essential oils also have beneficial properties that can improve the health of your skin. Additionally, oils like lavender, tea tree, Frankincense, lemongrass, or eucalyptus can help soothe sore muscles and headaches.
Raw honey has been known to help cleanse your pores, while simultaneously hydrating dry skin. Adding 2 cups of raw honey to your bath can deep clean your skin and leave it feeling silky smooth. A 15-20 minute soak should be more than enough time.
Steel Cut Oats:
If you have a skin irritation, eczema, dermatitis, chickenpox, or abnormally dry skin, an oatmeal bath can reduce skin irritation by moisturizing the skin. Mix 1 cup of oats with warm water in your bath and soak in it for 10-15 minutes to rejuvenate the skin.
Ginger has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for fighting colds, sinus congestion, or respiratory issues. When you add ginger to your bath, it actually warms your body up and helps you sweat out toxins, which helps you naturally get rid of the virus.
Fresh Lemon Juice:
Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps nourish skin cells. Add 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice to your bath to leave your skin looking shiny and healthy. The lemon juice helps shrink your pores, which makes it harder for excess dirt and oils to enter; so add this to your baths to reap the benefits.
Epsom salt works to naturally exfoliate the skin. It is also rich in magnesium, which helps to lower stress hormones in the body. This is why some people try floatation therapy. Using Epsom salt can also help reduce wrinkles or fine lines!
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best things you can use to help your body reach an alkaline state. Neutralizing your pH levels makes your body more effective in fighting bacteria, viruses, or infections. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak in the water for about 10 minutes to draw out toxins and your skin will feel hydrated and refreshed.
If you have a bad sunburn, baking soda can help naturally soothe the burning sensation. It can also help you naturally draw toxins out of your skin. The amount of baking soda you add to a bath will vary depending on how sensitive your skin is. Start with ¼ cup and increase the amount if necessary.