Life can get hectic with stress that we all experience from day to day and taking a nice bubble bath can be a great way to relax and pamper ourselves. Unfortunately, many of the bathing products we find on the shelves at the store today can contain some ingredients that are not providing our bodies with any real benefits. With our body being our biggest organ it is important that we make conscious decisions with what we are not only putting into our bodies, but on them as well. Submerging your entire body into a bath filled with potentially irritating chemicals and fragrances is not ideal for anyone, but especially not for those of us with sensitive skin.
We all know it is extremely important to our hygiene to maintain a clean body. Why can’t we take it one step further and treat ourselves to a detox bath that is not only beneficial to our skin, but also helps us relax and pamper ourselves in the process? Our bodies come into contact with many pollutants daily from simply just going outside, especially in larger cities where there is more pollution. Even before pollution and free radical damage was a concern people have been practicing various forms of detox baths and bathing rituals.
Bathing rituals can be traced back to ancient times, with many writings citing that the Ancient Greek and Romans would add different types natural ingredients such as clays, salts, herbs, and oils to their baths for the therapeutic and detoxifying properties they were believed to contain. Imagine bathing like a Greek goddess or Cleopatra may have done thousands of years ago!
When it comes to detox baths it’s important to understand your skin and what ingredients your body responds well to. You always want to patch test new products/ingredients before diving right into them (especially submerged into a bath). There are many different ingredients to consider based on the type of bath you are wanting to take. For the purpose of relaxing and pampering yourself in a bath with natural ingredients there are many great ingredients to consider such as:
- Lavender Essential Oil which is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Peppermint Essential Oil which is believed to have calming effects and help with muscle pain.
- Pink Himalayan Salt contains many nutrients and minerals that are believed to help detox and soothe sore muscles.
- Bentonite Clay is believed to have antibacterial and detoxifying properties.
- Green Tea is a well known antioxidant and is believed to help protect the skin from free radical damage.
- Manuka Honey which has moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Ginger is believed to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.
Many people have an idea that bubbles in the bath are necessary and if you are wanting to add a bit of nostalgia to your detox bath, try adding some castile soap under the running water to achieve a more healthy alternative to conventional bubbles. Conventional bubbles can be particularly irritating because of the soap ingredients used (such as sodium lauryl sulfate)
When creating your personalized detox bath remember that it goes beyond just the ingredients. Create an atmosphere where you can be stress-free and unwind. You can light some aromatherapy candles, read your favorite book, listen to music, and even set some positive goals for yourself during this time. Detox baths can become a weekly ritual for you to pamper yourself and your skin with the ingredients nature have given us. If you are making the transition to green beauty this is a great way for you to give your body a weekly detox from conventional body products. Think of detox baths as a reset for the mind and body.
The Greco-Roman Bath; http://www.greekmedicine.net/hygiene/The_Greco-Roman_Bath.html
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/dirty-dozen#
Pollution Effects On the Skin; “https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/air-pollution-causes-wrinkles-and-premature-ageing-new-research-shows
Lavender Oil Benefits; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319079.php
Peppermint Oil Benefits; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265214.php
Himalayan Sea Salt Benefits; http://fitlife.tv/12-incredible-things-that-happen-when-you-swap-table-salt-for-himalayan-sea-salt
Clay Benefits; https://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses
Green Tea Benefits;https://www.webmd.com/beauty/news/20000817/green-tea-could-be-good-for-your-skin-study-finds#1
Ginger Benefits; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
Honey Benefits; https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319555.php