Skin moisture is one of the most important elements of long-term beauty and physical comfort. Well-moisturized skin stays soft and elastic which is why we put so much effort into skincare each day. Or, at least, we’re supposed to. If you’re like most moms, you don’t have as much time for exfoliating, applying lotion, and basking in skin oils as you’d like to. You might be working hard enough just to stay equipped with chapstick and hand cream to fight back the chap of clean living. So, 4 Simple Ingredients for a Moisturizing Bath that You Can Find on Amazon.
Here’s a secret we’ve learned along the way: When you don’t have time to moisturize daily, catch a weekly moisturizing bath instead. A moisturizing bath is a soaking experience you can do alone, with a partner, or even with your small children. The goal is to fill a tub with warm water and things that are good for your skin. Soak in it. Then pat dry, leaving those good things on your skin for the next few hours.
The best part? You don’t have to break the bank on fancy bath oils. The best moisturizing bath you’ve ever had can be found buying items in bulk off of Amazon. We’ve done it in our household and so can you!
Here’s our perfect bath shopping list:
Sweet Almond Oil
Colloidal (Powdered) Oatmeal
Oatmeal is also amazing for your skin, but not the kind you eat for breakfast. Colloidal oatmeal is oats that have been chopped to a powder. It’s also sometimes called powdered oatmeal or oat flour. Essentially, it is all the same and it’s all great in a bath. It makes the bath cloudy and adds an extra sense of texture while helping your skin absorb moisture. You can buy extremely expensive oat powder packets from name brands or you can buy oat flour in bulk and enjoy the savings. We bought oat flour and love every bath with it.
We don’t have a food processor yet, but if you do, skip buying the powdered oatmeal. Buy old-fashioned oats in bulk and powder them yourself for pennies on the dollar.
Epsom Salt in Bulk
Epsom salt is made of magnesium, a mineral your body needs to help you absorb the water you drink. Soaking in epsom salt helps to open your skin and absorb more water directly, but it also has other beneficial effects. Absorbing epsom salt through the skin is actually more effective than ingesting it, and it helps your entire body absorb water. Especially your intestines.
So if you want to solve dry skin and gut troubles at the same time, throw two cups of epsom salt into each bath and drink a big cup of water as you soak. (it will make you thirsty because your body is absorbing water faster). That said, two cups per bath is A LOT. We found Amazon sells three 8lbs bags of Epsom for about $20, which is an excellent find for regular salt-bathers.
Natural Loofah Pads
Finally, the loofah. As you probably know, exfoliation is an important part of skin health because you are getting rid of old dry skin. It also helps to scrub the salts, oil, and oatmeal into your skin a little as you bathe. Plus, it feels amazing.
The best bath scrubbing solution we’ve found (in a household with sensitive and dry skin bathers) is natural loofah sponges, with a little elastic strap for the hand. We like this pack of six because they are just the right size for a hand and they each last for months of soft scrubbing with regular use.
Keeping up with your skin health can be a real challenge as a busy parent. Save yourself time and treat yourself to a little at-home luxury with a weekly moisturizing bath. Set a timer, close your eyes, and let yourself soak knowing that you are enjoying a bath experience that most people pay way too much for. But not you.
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