Similar to the sea salt baths I recently posted about, soaking in herbal baths can also be a relaxing method to nourish your skin. There are a number of herbal bath oils available that can help promote clear skin, as well as enhance your skin tone and texture.
There are a few reasons why herbal baths can work better than your typical herbal topical cream or cleanser. While you are soaking your skin in warm water, your pores naturally dilate, allowing nutrients to better penetrate the surface of your skin (and also allowing for removal of unwanted bacteria and dead cells). In addition, the temperature causes your circulation to increase, enhancing your body’s ability to utilize the nutrients that are absorbed.
A few herbal bath oils known to help sooth and protect the skin include chamomile, which also helps relieve anxiety and relax the body, and sage, which can reduce inflammation and has long been used to help with skin conditions. There are many other as well, but it’s always a good idea to do some reading first and find out why certain herbs have been used for such causes.
Too much soaking can be harmful to your skin as well, so don’t overdo it with any herbal bath treatment. The water should be warm but not scalding hot, and you usually don’t to stay in the water for more than 30 minutes. Used properly, these baths can be help invigorate your skin, but don’t expect an overnight miracle either. Regular but moderate use of soaking is the most effective and safest way to treat your skin.