With the right ingredients, taking a bath can do more than soak your stress away. Follow these tricks from Angel Martinez-Randolph of Angel Aesthetics for baths that are equal parts relaxing and restorative,
LIKE AN EGYPTIAN
Milk and honey
Mix 1-2 cups of whole milk and 1⁄2 cup of honey in warm running water; soak for 20 minutes.
“Milk is very exfoliating, and honey will instantly have skin feeling soft and supple. It sure worked for Cleopatra (milk baths were a main part of her beauty regimen)—she was known for her radiant skin,” says Martinez-Randolph.
Stuff a clean, tall sock with about 1⁄2 cup of traditional oatmeal (not instant or Irish-style). Tie a knot at the top of the sock. Fill your bath with warm, not hot, water, constantly keeping the sock submerged. Squeeze the sock as it gets wet. Within a minute or so, the sock will begin to feel slick and soapy and your water will get milky and cloudy. Remove once your bath is full.
“This is great for itchy skin, dry skin, sunburned skin, and wind-burned skin,” she says.
Champagne or red wine
Simply pour a glass or more of red wine or champagne into your running bath; soak for 20 minutes.
“Soaking in wine can benefit your skin,” Martinez-Randolph says. “The polyphenols in red wine are amazing antioxidants, and the tartaric acid in Champagne brightens skin. Both also cleanse pores.”
Lavender and Epsom salts
Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts and 1⁄2 cup of dried lavender into a full bath.
“The magnesium in Epsom salt can ease muscle pain, and lavender helps reduce inflammation,” she says.
Peppermint oil and lemon juice
Juice five lemons into your bath water, add 5-10 drops of peppermint oil, inhale, and relax.
“The aroma from peppermint essential oil leads to increased alertness, while the scent of lemon is said to enhance positive chemical reactions in the brain,” Martinez-Randolph says.
Apply coconut oil, a great natural moisturizer.