Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 5, 2011: Recipes for Healing Bath Waters

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As temperatures start to rise the closer it gets to the official first day of summer, the last thing you may be thinking of to cool off is taking a bath. But in all truthfulness, a lukewarm or tepid bath is a great way to refresh, reenergize, and cool down. Here are a few ingredients you can add to your bath water to address specific skin needs.

Milk

Whole milk is a good treatment for sunburn. While in the bath, use a washcloth dampened with whole milk to plaster on the burned areas of your skin. Or, you can add one cup of instant dry milk to the bathwater. Rinse well afterward so you don’t smell like sour milk!

Oil and Vinegar

Instead of bubble bath, which really dries out your skin, add a few tablespoons of any of these oils to your bath water: almond, sesame, vitamin E, baby, vegetable, olive or nut oil. Your skin will feel silky smooth when you get out of the tub and unlike taking a shower which rinses away the oil, the effect will last.

Adding a cup of cider vinegar to your bath water is a great way to relieve dry skin, too.

While you’re in the bathtub, use the time for a manicure and pedicure. Simply take the oil you are adding to your bath water and massage a small bit into the cuticles of your fingernails and toenails. After soaking a few minutes, use a wooden cuticle stick to gently push them back. Remove the oil with soap and water before polishing.

Herbs

Adding a handful of dried herbs to your bathwater turns your bath time into a spa treatment. This combines aromatherapy with healthful skin benefits. Try such herbs as dried lavender, sage, mint, or rosemary.

Summertime is a wonderful time to relax in a lukewarm bath and chill out. Try it with one of these additives and see how refreshing it feels!

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