Despite the snow here, this winter has been unusually dry. It has been dry to the point where my skin can hardly take it anymore, and pouring on lotion won’t quite cover it. My skin has always been a little on the sensitive side, and on top of that, I have eczema. I am always looking for ways to help my skin out and keep myself healthy.
Yesterday, my skin was so dry, itchy, and pin-prickly sing-y that I was about to cry. I started pouring over pinterest and other blogs to help find a solution. I ended up taking an oils bath.
It was amazing. My combination may have been over the top, but it was well worth it. It was like being wrapped in warm silk, and it smelled heavenly. Picture flower field with an earthy undertone with honey, and even that doesn’t cover it. My skin loved it, and it has felt great. I made sure to pour on the lotion afterwards, too. I threw just about everything into that bath I could quickly get my hands on to help with my dry skin. I added bath salts, lavender oil, melalecua oil, EVOO, honey, and oats.
I know, crazy. I’m not saying any has to go that far for their own relaxing and skin restoring bath; I’m just showing what I did.
There are so many wonderful, natural, helpful items out there for dry skin, especially for bath time. I didn’t think about using half of these for a bath, but it all made sense when looking at each product. These are only some of the things one can use for skin. For convineice, I made a list for others looking for extra help for dry skin.
Bath Salts: These are amazing for dry skin for a number of reasons. Bath salts help make the water softer, which helps skin absorb water. They’re also soothing because the water isn’t as harsh, thus it is more relaxing. I personally use bath salts with a lavender scent or bath salts that are infused with lavender oil, namely because of how wonderful it smells and because of the healing properties of lavender. We’ll get to that later.
Honey: Honey is one of my go-to loves. It is useful for EVERYTHING. It’s great for hair, skin, cooking/baking, and just plain eating. Knowing its benefits for skin, I decided to dump some in my own bath. It smelled amazing and really soothed my skin. Honey is great for soothing skin, and it can even be used on burns or bug bites/stings. It’s also great for ant-aging and has many properties we humans need to fight off sicknesses and stay healthy. Honey has been used since the dawn of man for a healing skin agent. Our ancestors knew something.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: or, EVOO, as my mom and I like to say. (Yep. We like our Rachel Ray). This is another product that has been used for countless centuries. The Greeks particularly loved it. It can help to lock in moisture and is also great for soothing skin.
Coconut Oil: Ahh, a modern favorite that has also been used for a very long time. This oil also helps to lock in moisture and has other health benefits. I didn’t add this one to my bath the other night, but I may try it in the future.
Peach Oil: This is a new one I just recently read about. I didn’t have any for last night, but the blogs I looked at were very happy with the peach oil. It’s a little like coconut oil, but has a few different skin-agent properties, like working with aging.
Oats: I knew I had to add oats to my bath to help take away the itch. It felt and smelled wonderful to have added them. The oats were very smooth and added to the silky feel. Oats are great to take away that dry skin itch.
Now we’re getting into the essential oils. As a note I use doTERRA essential oils. They happen to be my favorite. It is important to use oils that work for you and do what you want. For me, doTERRA made the cut.
Dried Rose Petals or Rose Oil: Rose is good for dry skin. It’s also good for anti-aging. I know some prefer different floral scents to lavender, so I thought I would include this one.
Lavender Oil: This is one of my favorite oils as it is good for aromatherapy and skin conditions. Lavender tackles just about the whole spectrum of skin conditions, from oily to dry, acne to anti-aging, to infections. Yeah. Good stuff.
Helichrysum Oil: I haven’t tried this oil yet, but it is said to be good for eczema and itchy skin.
Melaleuca Oil: This is another oil that is good for skin, particularly in fighting acne. I added a few drops to my bath just for some added comfort.
Geranium Oil: Another flowery scent, and quite a lovely one. Geranium is good for anti-aging, acne, balancing hormones, dry skin, oily skin, and more. It has a light scent, and again, aromatherapy comes into play, as with all other oils.
Chamomile Oil: Roman Chamomile as an oil is also quite lovely. It has a slightly different scent, and I actually prefer it to regular chamomile. Chamomile has relaxing properties and, much like lavender oil, covers a huge spectrum for skin health.
Peppermint Oil: This is another favorite oil. I use it mostly for aromatherapy, but it can be great for acne and skin.
Lemon Oil: Lemon oil is particularly great for the cuticles. It’s also a lifting scent and works great against acne and odd blemishes.
There are many other great products out there that help with dry skin. If you have something you want to add to the list, leave a comment! I won’t say these items are a cure-all, but for me, they have helped. It is always best to refer to a doctor for questions and healing. Many doctors have other tips that can aid in getting rid of eczema and dry skin. These products can be an extra help. They can be used in any combination. One idea I did find for taking baths to help with dry skin was to not dry off or at least to only towel dry and to add lotion soon after for the best results. This allows the skin to soak in and hold moisture. I find lightly scented or non-scented lotions work best. I look for lotions that are especially effective for dry skin, such as Revive, Aveeno, Jergens, and etc. I then add a little lavender oil to the lotion for an added, healing touch. Find the lotion that works best for you, and enjoy the bath(s)! I’m off to take another one.