Bubble baths are an age old source of relaxation and enjoyment for women and men alike. However, in recent years studies have found that the chemicals (sulfates) used in commercial bubble bath solution to make fluffy long lasting bubbles is terrible for your skin. If you are a woman, bubble baths can lead to a lot of irritating infections down in your sensitive bits and overall dry out your skin.
You can easily make your own healthy bubble bath solutions at home, but you will never have that mountain of suds that Mr. Bubble provides.
There are a lot of great bath recipes that are natural, relaxing, and actually healthy for your skin. Though some of these you may want to make sure you do not have an allergy to. For example, chamomile is a common allergen for people but most people go unaware until they find it in their shampoo or tea.
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If you have itchy or dry skin, perhaps from too many bubble baths, oatmeal is a classic solution. If you had the chicken pox as a child, this was a popular and soothing remedy. However, the downside to the oatmeal bath is that you have to scoop the oatmeal out of the tub after.
The oatmeal bath is often prescribed by doctors for any sort of itchy or dry skin malady. Sun burns, wind burns, eczema, psoriasis, it can sooth it all. It is also a great way to get smooth and moisturized skin.
To get all the great benefits of an oatmeal bath without all the mess, pour oatmeal in a knee-high athletic sock and tie the top of it off. Make sure you use actual oatmeal and not any of the instant packets. During your bath, place the oatmeal sock in the tub and give it a few squeezes every now and then to release the oatmeal water. You can even you the sock to gently scrub your dry or itchy areas. The rough sock combined with the oatmeal makes a fine exfoliating pad.
When most people think of Epsom salt, they picture some old granny soaking her aching old feet with it. Epsom salts need to break past being something for the foot soak of aching old women. It is really a wondrous remedy that I recommend adding to any bath.
If you are a fan of bathing with Epsom salt already, have you ever gotten all the tub and felt like you just had the best full body massage of your life? That is the magnesium at work. Scientists have proven that your body absorbs the magnesium in Epsom salts. Magnesium is responsible for soothing aching muscles, regulating blood pressure, and helping skin heal. I know from experience that adding too much will make you ultra relaxed and wobbly legged.
A lot of Epsom salts come with relaxing scents like lavender mixed in, but it you want to scent your own try dropping 10 drops of a scented oil into your bath.
Milk and Honey
Other than oatmeal, I have never been a fan of bathing in food products. It just does not seem sanitary. However, bathing in milk and honey is a classic bath solution that is incredibly healthy for your skin. This remedy goes back to the classically beautiful queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Her remarkable beauty was said to be accredited to her bathing in milk and honey.
So is it good for you? Yes. Honey is naturally antibacterial and is rich in antioxidants. Both milk and honey are great moisturizers to help pamper your skin. You would not think it, but milk is a great exfoliate that will help clean you down to the deepest layers of skin. Surprisingly, this mixture does not result in sticky skin like I thought it would.
Add 1 to 2 cups of whole milk to running hot water and add 1/2 a cup of honey to the running water and you have a very nourishing bath. Make sure the ingredients fully absorb into the water so you do not have a layer of honey on your bath tub floor. You can also add Epsom salts if you want it to be relaxing as well as nourishing.
Bath in Wine or Champagne
Sure, it is popular to enjoy a hot bath with a glass of wine or some sparkling champagne, but I bet you never considered bathing in it. Wine and champagne have tons of anti-oxidant effects in it and the alcohol helps soften skin. You should only add about a glass of the liquor into the bath, however, to prevent the alcohol from burning your sensitive bits.
It is not exactly a great use of money to bath in sparkling champagne, I mean you are practically pouring it down the drain. The best thing about taking a wine or champagne bath is that they do not have to be fresh to get all the benefits of using them in the bath. Maybe you poured a glass of wine for dinner, but got distracted and did not drink it. A day old glass of wine or flat champagne works just the same in the bath as the fresh stuff. So next time, do not throw out that flat champagne, toss it in the tub!
There are probably hundreds of different herbs, oils, and flower petals you can add to the bath to enhance your experience. They all have their own benefits of doing so.
Sage is great for oily skin. It is an astringent and the smell is very uplifting. Since it is an astringent it is good for those with body acne, especially back acne since you cannot reach back there.
Green Tea is full of antioxidants, anti-aging, and healing properties. It has a very mellow smell and is said to be a mood stabilizer. It is definitely something to consider adding to your bath after a really bad day. It will make you feel better and look better. It also gives bath water a really mellow color like a green ocean.
Lavender is my personal favorite additive to baths. The smell is a great way to perfume yourself without using fancy fragrances and it lasts for hours. The smell of lavender is said to be one of the most relaxing smells there is, which is why it is extensively used in aromatherapy.
Peppermint is a great addition to the bath if you need to get a little energy boost. It engages the senses and feels like it literally gives you more energy from smelling it. This might be the reason why so many toothpastes and mouthwashes are peppermint flavor.
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