Bathe like Cleopatra: luxurious routines for royally soft skin

27 Feb

Everyone wants soft skin.  Well, I do at least.  I can’t stand it when my skin is dry.  When my hands are dry, touching anything feels really gross.  Yes, I know that’s a little weird, but it’s the truth.  When I put lotion or something on my dry cracked heels, I blob the lotion on and then smooth it out with my other foot because they are so dry that I don’t even like touching them.  True story.  Needless to say, I could definitely use the advice from this weeks guest post:
Cleopatra is famed for soaking in milk baths, which were said to keep her skin in impeccable condition. With the price of milk in our modern world it isn’t likely that too many people could afford this luxury, but you can give your skin the royal treatment and keep it soft and supple.

Luxury for Skin

Bath time is the perfect time to luxuriate your skin. After a stressful day you should take a long bath with scented oil and just relax in it. Perhaps even light a candle and play some gentle music. Allow your mind to relax and your body to feel pampered. Too much stress can negatively impact your immune system resulting in skin complaints. Flaky dry skin, itching or sensitive skin and even acne can worsen with stress. So, run your bath, grab your favourite book and spend some time indulging in a freshly scented bath. It will benefit your skin and your mental health.

Body Butter

An equally royal routine is to soak in a luxurious bubble bath followed up by lashings of opulent and rich body butter applied to your body.

What is Body Butter?

Body butter is the modern answer to Cleopatra’s milk bath. Body butter is whipped to a decadent thick consistency, perfect for your luxurious skin routine. Body butter can be massaged all over the body and has amazing nourishing properties. Shea butter is one of the main ingredients of body butter and has long been known for its smoothing effect on skin. Honey and fruit are often added too. These natural ingredients are said to have amazing moisturising properties and antibacterial effects, however dry flaking skin between the toes or yellowy toenails, could be the result of a fungal infection and will not respond to moisturising. Check out if you have these symptoms.

How to Use

Because body butter is very thick, it can sometimes be a little hard to apply. Placing the container in the bath or beside the bath where it is warmed by steam, will help soften the butter and make it easier to massage into the skin. You should not apply body butter to your face or neck, but it is great for the rest of the body.

Great for Dry Skin

Because of its oily consistency body butter is excellent for really dry skin, like knees and elbows. It can even help control dermatitis if used regularly. If you use body butter often you will find your skin is much more supple and smooth, and that any areas of dry skin clear up quickly.
If you apply body butter at night, the body has a chance to really absorb the nutrients and your skin will be replenished from the day’s wear and tear. Just as you would do with facial moisturizer, try and make this a nightly routine if you can. If you apply at least three times a week your skin will definitely respond by becoming softer and smoother.

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One Response to “Bathe like Cleopatra: luxurious routines for royally soft skin”

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