Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bathtime Fun

So, last night... I had the urge to take a bath when I got home from work. I never took my bath though. It seemed like too much work. But what I wanted to do was talk about some household things that you can add to your bath that will really nourish your skin.

Bath bombs, and bubbles, salts, and melts are all tons of fun. I think they are a special treat. But isn't it just easier and cheaper to use things you have around the house? I made a purchase from the etsy store La Bella Beauty Bar, but I'm still waiting for my bath bombs that I ordered to come in. (Keep an eye out for my review!!  I ordered 2 bath bombs and a lotion bar.) I really did want to take a moisturizing bath last night! (Stupid laziness... hehe).

I originally thought about adding Olive Oil to my water (& we all know how much I love olive oil!) ... but then I realized that oils aren't good for jacuzzi bathtubs.  I was basically devastated.  Does anyone know if I can add oil if I don't have the jets running?  That would be awesome...

But then I thought about adding Milk & Honey... and that's what I planned on doing.  I was going to add about 2 cups of milk and I would say a 1/3 cup of honey, because that's all I have.

Milk is great for your skin because of it's lactic acid. So its not only moisturizing, but the acid will gently exfoliate through your dead flaky skin to help reveal soft skin...

Honey is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to the skin. Don't be worried about getting all sticky in the bathtub. I haven't tried to pour honey directly into a bathtub of hot water yet, but from my experience, as soon as water mixes with honey, it will dissolve.

There are some other things that you can add to your bath water as well, depending on what you're trying to do....

One of the most popular additives is salt. Epsom salt is your best bet, because it can help to relax your muscle and help to improve circulation. Plus, its detoxifying. If you're going to add salt to your bathtub, I would say about 1 cup would be sufficient.

Baking soda is another additive. This is what bath bombs are made out of, baking soda and citric acid. It will exfoliate and soften your skin, plus break up all the oils and dirt on your skin to help it get clean. From what I've read, I would recommend a 1/4 cup added to your bath.

If you have a little extra time, you could put together a bath tea. While this may or may not (depends on what you add) have any improvement to your skin, its the aromas that will make you feel a certain way.. energized or relaxed, depends on what you want! If you can, find a small mesh bag and fill it with dried herbs and maybe some drops of essential oils (make sure to research your oils, because some can be skin irritating), and then you hang the bag under the water spout as your filling your tub.  You can also toss herbs into your water directly as well as adding your essential oils to the water.

Oatmeal is another additive that is soothing to the skin. Remember being a little kid and taking an oatmeal bath when you had chicken pox?  I do!  But you can take your plain oatmeal, and process the oats in a blender or food processor to make a find powder.  And then you can add this powder to your bath water. You want about 1 cup of powder...

You can add any of these in any combination to make your own bath. Like I say, thats the glory of home remedies, you can combine things based on your personal needs and what you already have. No need to go out and spend $10 on something premade with harsh chemicals that won't do nearly as well as something you have prepared yourself.

Also, be careful when getting in and out of the tub. Adding things to your water will make it slippery, and you don't want to ruin you bath by falling!

Enjoy!  & if you can think of anything else that can be added to bath water, I'd love to know!!

Much Love!!  Xoxoxo

1 comment:

  1. I can't remember the last time I took a bath...that sounds pretty bad doesn't it LOL, I do shower, just no bathe.
    You tub ingredients sound so inviting, I might just have to take the 'plunge' (pun-intended). following from Social Parade, hope you can stop by for a visit.

    Thanks, Becky Jane
    Raising kids can be a lot like weeding the rose bed...well worth it, but...OUCH!



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