Soothe your skin with a homemade bath soak

4 August 2018

Soaking in a skin-nourishing bath is one of my favourite things to do. Years ago, my Mum told me to soak in oatmeal milk baths and then I learned about the importance of salt: these baths soon became the saviour for soothing my skin. And my homemade bath soak is really easy to do.

How to make your skin glow... my homemade bath soak

Whenever I was on holiday my skin was clearer. Yes, I was happier so that helped, and so did the sunshine, but I also realised the sea water was healing my skin too (as painful as it can be). I soaked in the Dead Sea in Israel with a body of open wounds (this I wouldn’t recommend), but a small amount of salt cleanses the skin and promotes healing.

I always used to moan about not living near the sea, if only I could dip in it every day then my skin would always glow. Then I had an epiphany: I could create my own sea at home, in my bath! Of course, it’s not quite the same as the sea but it’s the closest I could get to the real thing at home! Plus, it’s so relaxing and something I enjoy most evenings.

So how can I make this skin nourishing bath, I hear you say?

Well, it’s so easy. All you need are a couple of handfuls of dead sea salts, a good dollop of castor oil and if your skin isn’t full of open wounds you can pop a drop of an essential oil in. I personally love the lavender oil by Doterra. For decoration purposes, if you see it as a total self-care luxury like me, you can float flowers in the bath, too.

The benefits

Dead sea salts... are full of minerals with properties such as bromide, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and zinc. Together these help to balance moisture, fight bacteria, help repair damaged skin tissue and help your body relax.

Castor oil... comes from the seeds of a shrub native to Northeast Africa and Southeast Asia. It’s a very protective oil which is slowly absorbed into the skin, and because of this it can be useful to protect against harsh weather conditions.

Lavender oil... has anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps with the production of new skin cells. Lavender is an all-round safe oil to use, however it’s still a powerful essential oil and so you shouldn’t use it if you have open cuts. Take care if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, too.

I also like fill the bathroom with candles and play some calming music. I soak and think about all I am grateful for in this magical world. Believe me, I know this can be hard when your body is full of eczema but know this is helping your skin to heal and that the castor oil should help soothe your skin and provide the moisture you need.

Let me know how you get on with your skin-friendly bath and tag me on Instagram @camilleknowles I’d love to see your version of it!

Lots of love, Camille xx

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