We won’t put this lightly: dry skin is a very common, very frustrating problem that derives from irritants, a lack of moisture, and changing hormone levels as we age. Oh, and how about the cracks, flakes, redness, and tightness that leave us feeling anything but rough? (No pun intended.) So, not that we need an excuse, but what better way to cure this uncomfortable condition than a long, warm soak in the bathtub while pampering our skin in the process? Yup, that’s what we thought! Sit back, relax, and use the following super-easy recipes for better skin.
One with apple cider vinegar
Raw, unfiltered, and packed with minerals, apple cider vinegar can basically make anything better: our hair, food, and even our households. But when it’s added to the tub, ACV especially works wonders for our skin, maintaining its proper pH level, increasing its brightness and tightness, and helping fight conditions like athlete’s foot and eczema. So, while drawing your own hot bath (you know, to open the skin’s pores), add one to two cups of ACV, then soak for up to 30 minutes. In fact, one of our favorite health bloggers, Wellness Mama, is no stranger to vinegar baths, writing, “I soak for 20-30 minutes, using a washcloth to clean my face and making sure to get my hair wet as well.”
One with baking soda
Baking soda is considered one of the most inexpensive and effective health remedies out there, and while it may seem strange to some, adding it to a bath comes with several benefits for the skin. For instance, baking soda relieves itch-related conditions, soothes irritated skin, and eases irritation caused by ailments like hemorrhoids and yeast infections. It also replenishes the skin’s elasticity, making you feel silky smooth all over. All you need to do is add about four to five tablespoons to the water and use a spoon to help dissolve, soak for about 10 to 20 minutes, and voilà!
One with coconut milk
We’ve all praised coconut oil probably more times than we can count, but let’s not forget about its equally amazing relative: coconut milk. Soaking in its healthy fats, minerals, and nutrients can leave you feeling smoother than ever before. Likewise, coconut milk treats dry and irritated skin, removes any harmful bacteria, and reduces inflammation associated with eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Overall, it’s a great moisturizer that helps unwanted dehydrated skin. Just add 1 to 2 cups of organic coconut milk to your tub and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy!
One with oatmeal
If your skin looks itchy, dry, or inflamed, an oatmeal bath will not only smell good, but it’ll leave your whole body feeling soft and smooth. So while you may enjoy eating the apples and cinnamon kind, we suggest using plain, unflavored oatmeal for your bath. As you fill the tub with water, grab a large coffee filter bag and fill it with 1/2 cup of oatmeal, then tie it with either a rubber band or string (but the rubber band might be easier to use). Let the bag soak for a couple of minutes before getting in, then squeeze it to release some of the juices. Soak for as long as you’d like!
Interested? Pencil in some “me” time and get to rejuvenating! Also, if you know of any other simple, DIY recipes for bath soaks, we at HealingRadius would love it if you could share them in the comment section below! Here’s to healthy (and smoother) living.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.