4 Ways to Upgrade Your Bath Time
Even though a hot bath won’t solve everything, it can provide a break from long and stressful days. While you’re in the bathtub soaking, you may as well add some things to your bath that can further enhance your spa moment.
5-Minute Crafts gathered a list of 4 different ingredients that can improve your bath time.
1. Essential oils
These oils, besides gifting some other benefits, provide relaxing scents due to their fragrance. Lavender has been shown to promote relaxation and relieve headaches, eucalyptus has a super refreshing aroma, and lemon oil has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
For a bath, blend 5 to 20 drops of your preferred essential oil with a tablespoon of a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or argan oil.
Note: Be careful when using essential oils. Do not apply them directly onto your skin, and do not ingest them.
2. Epsom salt
Magnesium sulfate, a.k.a Epsom salt, is commonly added to baths to treat minor aches and pains. Studies on this ingredient show it can soothe tired muscles and swelling, relieve irritated skin, and reduce inflammation.
It’s recommended to add no more than 2 cups of Epsom salt per gallon of warm water. More than that amount can make the bath water feel slippery and dry your skin out.
3. Olive oil
Olive oil also has several skin benefits. It’s moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and can also reduce signs of aging. Consider adding a few tablespoons of this nourishing oil to your bath for healthier-looking skin.
Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your bath water, and be careful when getting out of the slippery tub.
If you suffer from dry, itchy skin or eczema, add some colloidal oatmeal into your bath. This ingredient has many benefits, like being anti-inflammatory, soothing, and it even has moisturizing properties. It will help reduce such symptoms associated with eczema and also hydrate the skin.
The usual recommended amount is 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal added to the bath and aim to soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.