Take a Bath!
Treating yourself to a warm relaxing bath is one of the ultimate self care acts. Soaking in a warm tub relaxes both your muscles and your mind. But there are also some dos and don'ts to getting the best out of your soak. Here are some of my tips:
Temperature: The ultimate bath temperature is just above body temperature. Too hot and it will zap your energy and also dry out your skin.
Time: You hear about people soaking in their tubs for hours but in reality this is just not good for your body or your skin. A 20 minute soak is ideal but do not exceed 40 minutes. Any longer than that and you may un-do all the good of your bath.
Shaving: Many people shave in the tub and this is a personal choice. I feel that shaving also can irritate and nick your skin. Which could lead to bacteria entering your skin. Save the shave for the shower or a separate treatment.
Essential Oils: I sometimes use essential oils in the bath and love the scent they can provide. However these oils are concentrated and will float on top of the water. So to ensure that your oils are well mixed and you get all the benefits try mixing them with some natural oil, salts or oatmeal then stir in your tub before soaking.
Environment: The bath is the ultimate home spa environment. So really do it up. Light some candles, make yourself a warm cup of tea or a cooling glass of infused water. Play soft music and make sure you have your best towels out.
Moisturize: Dry skin is not from loss of skin oils but moisture. So after a good soak make sure you create a protective layer on your skin by using a rich natural oil (I like jojoba bean oil) or rich body lotion.
Here is one of my favorite Bath recipes for you to create at home:
Cleopatra Milk Bath
Cleopatra is a legendary beauty who was well known for her love of baths especially milk baths. Cleo may have used donkey milk which is a little hard to find so I like to use powdered dry milk to recreate her bath experience.
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried mint
peel of 1 orange
peel of 1 lemon
2 cups boiling water
1 small box dried milk (9 ounces)
Combine the herbs and citrus peels in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and let steep for several hours (even overnight). Strain off the liquid, removing all solids. Add the milk powder to this solution. Pour into a clean container or pitcher. To use: Pour the entire mixture into your tub as your draw your bath. Stir well and soak for 20 minutes. Rinse after bathing and pat your skin dry. Use a rich natural oil or lotion to lock in moisture.
Yield: 16 ounces, enough for one bath
Relax, Refresh, Re-energize. You are beautiful!