How To Make a Bath Treatment for Dry, Cracked Skin

Cold and windy weather dries your skin, causing scaly skin to form especially on exposed parts of your body.  Dry and cracked skin is common during the winter months as well as months with extremely high temperatures. Parts of the body covered with inelastic and thickened skin are prone to chapping and cracking.  One way to protect yourself from dry, cracked skin is to keep your skin hydrated by applying moisturizer after baths as well as drinking plenty of fluids.

You can find many bath treatments in the market for dry, cracked skin.  But these can be quite expensive.  Why buy when you can make your own with a few ingredients?

Sea Salt Bath

A sea salt bath can do wonders for your dry, cracked skin.  Because of the presence of essential oils, this sea salt bath not only soothes and relaxes the body, it also calms the mind.  To make a sea salt bath treatment:

  1. Fill your bath tub with warm water.
  2. Add about 1 cup of high-quality sea salt.
  3. Mix in 10 or more drops of essential oils. 
  4. Soak in the tub for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off and pat yourself dry.

For the essential oils, choose from the following which are great for dry skin:

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Tangerine
  • Ylang-Ylang

Oatmeal Body Scrub

Oatmeal is one of the best natural ingredients used on dry skin.  Making your own oatmeal body scrub does not only save you money, you are also assured that there are no chemicals and additives in your body scrub.  To make an oatmeal body scrub that you can use during baths:

  1. Place 1 cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of almonds, ½ cup dried rose petals and ½ cup dried lemon balm in a food processor or blender.  Grind until fine.
  2. Transfer this mixture into a mixing bowl.  Add ½ cup plain yogurt, the juice of 1 lemon and 4 drops of lemon essential oil.  Mix well.
  3. Place in a glass jar or plastic container and cover tightly.  Store in a cool, dry place.  This will keep well for two weeks.

Use this as a body scrub during your daily baths.  Shower well with warm water and pat yourself dry.  This oatmeal scrub is simple yet it will help exfoliate dry skin and bring back your skin’s needed moisture.

Milk Bath

You can have Cleopatra’s legendary smooth and silky skin by indulging in a milk bath.  Milk is great in bringing back the moisture to your dry, cracked skin.  It softens and exfoliates.  To create a luxurious milk bath:

  1. Fill your bath tub with warm water.
  2. Add 250 grams of powdered milk.
  3. Add ½ tablespoon of almond or olive oil.
  4. Soak for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Wash and pat yourself dry.

You can customize your basic milk bath by adding honey and ground oatmeal to the mixture.   Honey protects the skin while oatmeal soothes dry skin.  You can even add sea salt or baking soda to your milk bath as well as other essential oils.

There are many easy to purchase ingredients (some of which are already in your kitchen pantry) that you can use to create bath treatments for dry skin.  No need to buy expensive bath scrubs and milk baths with additives and preservatives.  Rejuvenate your skin with the treatments above.  Once your skin is silky smooth and supple again, continue your daily regimen of moisturizing after baths.


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