Body moisturizers are put on after a body cleansing and exfoliating ritual. These marvelous moisturizers protect and soothe the skin. Moisturizing after
the bath helps the skin maintain its optimal moisture levels during the day, so keeping it soft and supple.
Choosing the best body-moisturizing product:
Body lotions: These are light moisturizing fluids that are easily absorbed into the skin. They can soften and lightly scent the skin if essential oils are also added to the recipe. Body lotions are usually made with lighter carrier oils and are thin enough to be used in a pump bottle. Good for all skin types.
Body creams: Much like lotions, although body creams are significantly creamier and denser. They are formulated with both carrier oils and butters (such as shea butter). Body cream adds a protective barrier to the skin’s top layer, which helps to restore softness, especially to chapped and parched skin. A body cream is the perfect solution for protecting the skin from cold weather. They are usually too thick for a pump bottle and so are best stored in a jar.
Body butters: Even thicker and richer than body creams, body butters are highly concentrated formulas that are not as easily absorbed as lotions or creams. They are best suited to super-dry skin where a barrier cream is required. They are usually formulated with high amounts of natural butters such as shea, cocoa, or mango butter.
Body balms: These are similar to a salve, where an herb-infused carrier oil is thickened with beeswax. Balms do not absorb as readily and are meant to
protect the top layer of the skin by acting as a barrier against moisture loss.
Solid lotion bars: As the name implies, solid lotion bars are convenient bars of skin-softening ingredients, such as natural butters and carrier oils, which are thickened with beeswax and often scented with essential oils. You simply rub the lotion bar over your skin and then massage in. They come in fun shapes and sizes, and are portable if carried in a tin or container. You can use them on your lips, cuticles, feet, and, of course, your body.
Body oils: These are liquid body moisturizers made from carrier oils and essential oils, which are perfect for massage. They are usually formulated along with therapeutic essential oils. Fast-absorbing and rejuvenating carrier oils include jojoba, sweet almond, grape seed, sunflower, sesame, and coconut oils.
Using bath salts and soaks:
These are typically made with salts such as Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts, and Himalayan bath salts, along with other ingredients like powdered herbs, clays, and essential oils. Soaking in a bathtub enhanced with a special bath salt can boost the immune system, energize the body, and even relieve sore muscles. These also make wonderful gifts when packaged in pretty tubs.
Using bath oils:
Bath oils are wonderful, especially if you have dry or sensitive skin.Comforting carrier oils, along with aromatic essential oils, will protect and richly moisturize the skin. Bath oils are highly concentrated and only a few teaspoons are recommended per bath. Always add bath oil to a bathtub after it has filled with warm water to prevent the essential oils evaporating quickly.
Using bath teas:
As the name implies, bath teas are a blend of herbs and flowers, which are tied in sachets that infuse bath water with therapeutic magic to help soothe sore muscles, calm frazzled nerves, relieve dry itchy skin, and help relieve congestion. The best way to use a bath tea is to add 1 cup of bath tea to a 4-inch by 6-inch cotton muslin bag with the drawstring tightly drawn. Add the bag to the bathtub while it fills with warm water. Allow the bath tea to infuse the water, while you bathe. Discard the spent herbs into your compost pile and rinse and dry the cotton muslin bag to reuse.
Using milk baths:
These are indulgent beautifying baths that infuse the water with moisturizing milk, which contains lactic acid to help beautify the skin and exfoliate dead skin cells. You simply fill your bathtub with warm water and add the milk bath, swirling to mix, and then relax for 20 to 30 minutes. Cow’s milk and goat’s milk are the most common ingredients, but you can also use non-dairy options such as almond, soy, and hemp milk. You may use fresh dairy if you’re using the milk bath the same day, or use powdered dry milk for blends that do not require refrigeration and for gift-giving. Substitute 3 tablespoons of powdered milk in place of every 1 cup of fresh milk and 1⁄2 cup of powdered coffee creamer in place of 1 cup of cream.
Caution: Surfaces may become slippery when you are using milk baths or bath oils, so care should be taken when stepping in and out of the bath.
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