A well prepared relaxing bath can be the key to your own quality time to release stress at the end of a hectic week. Baths can be therapeutic and quite beneficial for both health and beauty purposes.
First and foremost, you MUST shower before you slip your feet into the hot water and lay your head back; otherwise it’s as if you’re soaking into your own accrued grime and dead skin cells, not an attractive thought. Afterwards, don’t forget to rinse off. Frequent too hot showers and baths can be damaging for your skin and it’s advisable to cool it down to warm and a bit cooler baths.
But where to start? Bath bombs? Epsom salts? Essential oils? Coconut oil? Olive oil? Cinnamon sticks? Citrus peels? Remember to always keep it simple and try out different recipes, as there is a lot of ingredients from which to choose for soft skin, to detox and even more.
Epsom salt it is a main ingredient in many bath-time mixes as it’s a good source of magnesium, makes skin soft and smooth. Also; it’s wonderful for muscles sourness, and relieving tension.
How to use it: Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm water for about five minutes before you slip in and soak. Make sure you sit in there for at least 12 minutes to reap all the healing benefits.
Baking soda; this household item is found in most bath products because it’s a natural exfoliator that helps keep areas like knees , elbows , heels soft , smooth and free of buildup .
How to use it: Mix 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda in with a warm bath and allow it to dissolve before soaking for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Essential oils; there is an array of them for gorgeous skin and a whole lot of aromatherapy benefits. Lavender, rose, vetiver , chamomile , or sandalwood will help you calm down after a long day .
Lavender is famous as one of the most relaxing herbs and is a win win choice to have a good night sleep.
How to use lavender: Add around 6 to 8 drops of pure lavender essential oil under running water or add the drops to a capful of milk or Epsom salts before pouring into the water to help disperse the oil more effectively.
Coconut oil; It encourages soft and supple skin as well as offering anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal benefits. It’s a natural source of vitamin E and is a powerful anti-oxidant commonly found in anti-aging skin care.
Also, its proteins repair and keep skin looking firm, healthy and youthful. How to use it: Grab a tablespoon from your kitchen cabinet for a nice exfoliating bath, mix about 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup sugar o make your own DIY body scrub.
You can slather a mask on your face, have a book to read, set your mood with scented candles and turn on your favorite calming music list. Make your hot/warm bath time a special time out to pamper yourself.
About the author;
This article was written by guest author Reham selim.