Tub Time Upgrade

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.

Photo by Cassandra Stilner

Like an Egyptian

Add: milk and honey
“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.

The recipe: Mix 1-2 cups of whole milk and ½ cup of honey in warm running water; soak for 20 minutes.

The healer

Add: oatmeal
“This is great for itchy skin, dry skin, sunburned skin, and wind-burned skin,” she says.

The recipe: Stuff a clean, tall sock with about ½ 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.

Wine not?

Add: champagne or red wine
“Soaking in wine can benefit your skin,” MartinezRandolph says. “The polyphenols in red wine are amazing antioxidants, and the tartaric acid in Champagne brightens skin. Both also cleanse pores.”

The recipe: Simply pour a glass or more of red wine or champagne into your running bath; soak for 20 minutes.

So sore

Add: lavender and Epsom salts
“The magnesium in Epsom salt can ease muscle pain, and lavender helps reduce inflammation,” she says.

The recipe: Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts and ½ cup of dried lavender into a full bath.

Energizer bunny

Add: peppermint oil and lemon juice
“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.

The recipe: Juice five lemons into your bath water, add 5-10 drops of peppermint oil, inhale, and relax.

Après-soak

Apply coconut oil, a great natural moisturizer.

Angel Aesthetics
Denver-based skincare by Angel Martinez-Randolph