The Beauty Bath: At-home hydrotherapy for your body’s overall glow
For soft, glowing skin, try a dry-brush skin massage. This is excellent to do before getting into the shower or bath. It strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, moves lymphatic congestion, and exfoliates the dead cells. Simply use a dry brush all over your body (arms, legs, torso, and back, if you have a long-handled body brush) and gently massage the skin in a circular motion toward your heart.
Using a good salt, sugar, or loofah scrub in the shower is similar to a dry-brush skin massage, and will also leave your skin feeling super soft.
Steam baths are another great treatment. They open your pores, are great for your skin, and are beneficial for people with congested lungs or breathing problems.
Add essential oils such as eucalyptus or bergamot to enhance the healing qualities of a steam bath. I personally prefer dry saunas and hot herbal baths for their warming qualities, where I can feel myself sweat and mindfully let go.
It is a tradition in many cultures to end a shower with cold water. It is refreshing and invigorating, and helps close and reduce the pores.
It is best to moisturize your skin when it is still slightly damp from your hydrotherapy session. As always, with facial moisturizer or body lotions, avoid mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. Try coconut oil to stay on the natural side. Everything we put on our skin is absorbed through our cells. With certain lotions you can add essential oils. My favorites are rose, vanilla, and ylang ylang.