There are two main reasons why you should choose organic bath products. First, your skin absorbs more chemicals when soaking in warm water. Warm bath water causes the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to dilate - that's why your skin looks pink when you get out of the tub - allowing higher absorption by an organ that absorbs close to 60% of what we put on it at baseline. So, you don’t want it absorbing unnecessary chemicals - much less, toxic ones! And, second, bath water, mixed in with the dirt from our bodies and the chemicals in our bath products, goes down the drain and heads to a treatment facility or a septic field.
So what can you do to avoid putting potentially harmful chemicals on your skin or into the environment?
The Best Things to Add to Your Bath:
Natural bath salts on the market today typically contain either Epsom salt or sea salt. Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfate. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath will allow magnesium (an important element in maintaining a balanced cellular environment)
Herbs, Flowers and Grains
There are a variety of herbs and flowers that can be added to your bath, with benefits specific to each. Skin-softening compounds, vitamins, and essential oils in herbs and flowers are released when immersed in warm water, allowing your skin to absorb them. As a bonus, you’ve got the added benefit of the inherent aromatherapy that occurs when the botanicals release their oils. An aromatherapy bath can offer a soothing experience (think lavender scents) or an energizing one (pine and forest smells are quite invigorating!)
Milk softens your skin because milk acids boast an exfoliating effect - they help break down and slough away dead skin cells, leaving behind silky smooth skin. Whole milk and buttermilk have the highest fat content so they’ll moisturize your skin the most. Pouring fresh milk in your bath is not recommended if you are taking a hot bath – the milk will curdle! So always be sure to keep the bath water warm instead of hot – or use milk powder. Powdered milk products, like the Osmia Organics Milk Bath are just as effective and a lot more practical to use, since they tend to keep for longer periods in dry form.
Bath oils can be very moisturizing and soothing to wet, post-bath or shower skin as the warm water has already hydrated the skin and pores are open and ready to accept the benefits of a well-chosen, organically-
Whether you choose salts, grains, milk or oils, remember that regular, warm baths are not only stress-relieving moments of personal meditation and relaxation, they’re also a wonderful, healthy part of your skin care routine. So next time you step into the bath, choose natural bath products that are gentle on your skin, and kind to the earth.
To learn more about Osmia Organics, the new luxury organic skin care line from Colorado, visit www.osmiaorganics.com.