Soft and supple skin is a common goal of many women and some men. Modern society, with its chemicals, toxins and dehydrated air, takes a terrible toll on our skin. Certain seasons of the year dry it out even more. The great demand for moisture is well-documented by the large and varied assortment of skin care products offered for sale. Unfortunately, few of these products actually deliver on the promises made. They may provide short-term relief from dry skin, but long-lasting softness requires different methods.
Why Choose Bath Oil?
If you want to achieve well-moisturised skin over your entire body, your best option is bath oil. By using bath oil regularly, you can ensure that your skin will be soft and well-nourished. Using oil in your bath is more effective than rubbing it on after showering because the warm bath water opens your pores and allows you to absorb more oil into your skin.
In addition to moisture therapy, bath oils are also an excellent way to practise aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils to increase physical and psychological well-being. By adding essential oils to the bath oil mixture, you can add additional benefits to your soak like deep relaxation, energising refreshment or immune system support.
There are even more benefits of using bath oil. The mere act of taking a bath tends to help us relax, slow down and disengage from the stress of daily life. A moisturising bath provides pampering that we rarely get at home. Using bath oil is also an excellent idea for pregnant women. Regular moisturising baths tone and soften the skin, and help eliminate stretch marks.
Make Your Own Bath Oil
For many, the idea of using bath oil regularly seems almost decadent, and for good reason. Purchasing bath oil from speciality shops or even online can be expensive. Making your own bath oil can save a lot of money, especially in the long run. Putting together your own mixture also gives you complete control over the ingredients. If you want to avoid specific perfumes or irritating artificial ingredients, you may do so.
Here is one recipe for making your very own soothing bath oil. This recipe is designed to make just enough for one bath, so you’ll be making it fresh each time. These ingredients can be easily found in any grocery shop or supermarket. The list of ingredients includes:
- 8fl oz/225ml honey
- 16fl oz/450ml milk
- 16 tablespoons sea salt or cooking salt
- 4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
- 4fl oz/115ml baby oil
Mix the first four ingredients (honey, milk, salt and soda) in a large bowl and stir well. Then pour this mixture into your bath of warm water. Next, add the baby oil. Mix well and enjoy. For best results, follow your bath with a toner or cold water rinse, along with a moisturiser.
By the way, there’s another excellent use for this bath oil recipe. Homemade, natural bath oil makes an excellent gift. Not only are you giving something that is personal and created by you personally, you’re also introducing the recipient to the benefits of moisturising without harsh chemicals.