11 Restorative Bath Soaks for Winter Skin Relief
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On January 8th, Winter Skin Relief Day in the UK reminds us all to care for our skin. It's hardly a coincidence that January 8th is also National Bubble Bath Day! Indeed, regular bath soaks can be the resolution to withering skin traumatised by chilling outdoor temperatures and dry, toasty interiors. But before you stop everything and race to draw a bath, read about our tips for maximising the benefits of bathing to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

Benefits of Bathing

When immersed in a home bathtub, a jacuzzi, or a foot bath, the circulation in the body speeds up. The cheeks flush and a prolonged soak may begin to open the sweat glands. This entire process allows the body to begin a process of detoxification, both physically and mentally. 

Bathing in warm water brings a host of benefits, not the least of which is total relaxation. But when the goal is to rehydrate dry skin, avoid water that is too hot, as that can worsen dryness, by depleting more of your body's natural oils. If high temperatures are what you need to completely loosen up, add additional bath oils to soften the skin. 

The magic of baths lies not only in the heat of the water but also in the healing benefits of supplementary salts, minerals oils, vinegar or milk added to bathwater. 

For people living in hard water regions, mineral deposits already present in water sources, like calcium and magnesium, clog pores and burden the skin by blocking moisture absorption. If hard water runs out of the tap in your home, bath salts can both soften the water and offer the relaxation you need. Utilising ion exchange, the addition of salt to the bath causes calcium and magnesium ions in the water to be replaced with sodium and potassium ions from the salt. The effects are instantly felt in the splashes of silky, smooth water that glide in a slippery way over the skin.

In soft water regions, any combination of bath oils, salts or additional minerals can be added to enrich the water, providing important nutrients and vitamins that can be absorbed by the skin.

The Truth About Bubbles in your Bath Soak

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are some of the most common ingredients found in household items. It can be found in the ingredients list of your toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish soap, and hand soap. 

SLS and SLES are surfactants, substances that reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. In other words, their purpose is to help lift dirt off surfaces, doing so by reducing surface tension or reducing their cling. 

SLS and SLES are also the most common ingredients for generating bubbles. Your well-trained intuition now perceives that if something bubbles, it cleans better. This is due to years of accumulated observation of surfactants at work. (Natural soaps that are SLS-free also bubble, but produce considerably smaller ones.)

However, surfactants can be irritating. For example, SLS in toothpaste plays a role in increasing canker sores. 

For those with sensitive skin, SLS is thought to irritate the skin by disrupting the natural oils that maintain the skin’s integrity. Not only is this detrimental, but it leads to a reduction in the skin's ability to keep out allergens—including SLS itself—that can trigger reactions such as eczema.

That's why we recommend choosing bath soaks made with 100% natural ingredients that do not contain SLS. Although this may mean that jiggly bubbles are no longer part of your bathing experience, you're trading bubbles for benefits. Your skin's barrier, no longer disrupted by harsh surfactants, will become stronger, and less moisturiser may be required from you in your beauty routine if you incorporate SLS-free bath habits into your life. 

Take Care with Essential Oils

Many bath soak formulas contain essential oils, natural fragrances intended to enhance the mental and spiritual aspects of the experience. However, these essential oils are best avoided during pregnancy, lest the smells induce sudden discomfort like nausea. Furthermore, some essential oils play a role in contractions and labour. Essential oils can also be irritating to those with sensitive skin. If in doubt, opt for a mild bath salt or check the ingredients carefully before pouring it into your bathwater. Learn more about the needs of pregnancy in our Gift Guide for Mothers-to-Be.

11 Restorative Bath Soaks

Gilded

Nero Bath Soak

£37.00

A triple-blend of the finest bath salts. With therapeutic, refreshing and detoxifying properties, the soak moisturises, hydrates and decreases inflammation. Infused with soothing essential oils, the soak is formulated to help to relax muscles, relieve stress, and treat irritated skin.

Urban Serenité

Floral Bath Soak

£22.00 | 450 g / 16 oz

Showcasing a salty blend composed of Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Epsom Salt, this detoxifying bath treatment draws toxins from the skin to speed up healing and stimulate cell regeneration. Calendula also soothes irritation, lavender cleanses as it relaxes and real rosebuds deliver a beautifying boost of antioxidants. 

Urban Serenité

Vanilla Bean + Coconut Milk Bath Soak

£22.00 | 450 g / 16 oz

Composed of nutrients and minerals that dive deep into the skin to replenish moisture and lock it in, this coconut milk soak helps achieve a supple texture, an even complexion and a healthy glow. Use it to calm the skin when irritated or whenever a boost of hydration is needed. 

Kalmar

Love | Sensual Senses Bath Oil

£45.00 | 100 ml / 3.4 Fl oz

Pour a capful of oil into a hot bath and soak with pleasure. Nourish, restore and protect your skin and allow the heady, euphoric scent to uplift you and inspire positivity, whilst stimulating collagen production.

Bathe Brand

Lac Rose Sea Soak

£34.00 | 236 g / 8 oz

This soak with Patchouli and Passionflower works for all skin types. Soothe sore muscles and revitalise your body with magnesium and mineral-rich pink salt. Unwind and invite ease with herbal passionflower and the alluring aroma of patchouli, vanilla, and myrrh. This soak is absolute bliss. Permission to relax.

Bathe Brand

Awaken Bathe Brew

£13.00 | 28.3 g / 1 oz

Bathing tea with Lavender and Mint for all skin types. Yes, tea. A melange of herbs formulated to nourish the skin and body with plant medicine and encourage alignment as you tune into your intuitive self.

Bathe Brand

Mood Mylk Soak

£27.00 | 226 ml / 8 oz

Perfect for eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn. A vegan mylk bath that rebuilds the body’s moisture barrier, soothes discomfort and lifts your spirits. Warming coconut and vanilla bring soothing sensations while aloe and burdock hydrate and repair irritated skin.

Bathe Brand

Lavender + Sandalwood Anointing Oil

£44.00 | 236 g / 8 Fl oz

Anointing is the ritual act of pouring oil over your head or body. It’s been used for centuries to attract blessings and mark its wearer as sacred and divine. This lush and aromatic oil with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties is meant to be massaged gently into the body with warm hands, then followed up with a soak or steam. 

Latticia Organics

Solstice | Bath, Body & Hair Oil

£53.00 | 100 g / 3.38 Fl oz

Featuring delicate dried Rose petals and a luxurious botanical blend of organic oils expertly formulated to relax, comfort and illuminate, this silky lightweight multi-use oil nourishes skin and hair, with Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin E restoring hydration and lustre.

Nguvu SheaCare

Pure Baobab Oil

£6.00 | 50 ml / 1.7 Fl oz

Nguvu’s 100% pure, cold-pressed baobab oil is a highly versatile oil that can be used on both the skin and hair. It’s richly moisturising, and soothing, leaving the skin with touchable softness, and the hair with added shine. Simply drip a few drops into your bath. Voilà.

Booming Bob

Body Oil | Coconut Moisture & Soothing Olive

£16.99 | 89 ml / 3 Fl oz

A body oil based on nutritional ingredients that provides your skin with high amounts of vitamins and minerals thanks to organic sesame seed oil and the healing power of organic coconut oil. This rich blend of vegetable oils is scented with organic lavender, orange, and cardamom essential oil. 

 

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References

BBC Two - Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, Series 3, Episode 2 - Are my wash products damaging my skin? (n.d.). BBC. Retrieved December 20, 2021, from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1DjRTHSCZK3h7V6dlxyHRdP/are-my-wash-products-damaging-my-skin

Shiffer, E. (2018, August 6). Sorry to Break It to You, but Your Toothpaste Could Be Giving You Canker Sores. Brit + Co. Retrieved December 20, 2021, from https://www.brit.co/toothpaste-causes-canker-sores/

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