Bath salts are a must-have for those who just love a good, soothing, comforting, and relaxing bath, but that’s certainly not all they’re used for. Learning how to use bath salts in the shower opens up a whole new world of aroma, exfoliation, and relaxation.
Why Exfoliation Is Important
The skin is an organ similar to an onion. It is made of many layers, and skin cells are constantly turning over and regenerating.
For younger people, skin turnover can take as little as 4 weeks, but it can take up to 7 weeks as a person ages. The very top layer of the skin, the layer you see, is called the epidermis.
Laying on the surface of the epidermis is something you can’t usually see all too well, but it’s still there –– between 10 and 30 layers of dead skin cells.
These dead skin cells that sit on the surface of the epidermis can leave skin looking dull, feeling rough, or even appearing dry. For those who like to pamper themselves with lotions, oils, and other moisturizers, these products may have trouble soaking into the skin if they need to get through 30 layers of microscopic dead skin cells first.
Dead skin cells will fall off naturally, but it will take time. By the time the very top layers of dead skin shed off, there are new layers of dead skin cells ready to take their place. This is where exfoliation comes into play.
Exfoliation is a process that involves using a tool, chemical, or granular substance (like epsom salt) to remove dead skin cells. By gently rubbing an exfoliator onto the skin, these layers of dead skin are shed off of the surface, thus removing the dullness and roughness to reveal softer, smoother, and more absorbent skin.
Benefits Of Exfoliation
Exfoliation has several benefits. Some of these include:
Cleansing pores – Clogged pores can make skin look uneven and bumpy. They may even lead to blemishes.
Much of the debris in clogged pores is a combination of product buildup and dead skin cells. Exfoliation deep cleans the skin, allowing pores to breathe.
Makes the skin more absorbent – For those who like to moisturize with serums and creams, exfoliation is key to making sure you get the full benefit of these products.
Exfoliation makes the skin more absorbent and ready to soak up all of the good stuff from skincare products.
- Makes the skin more radiant and younger-looking – The build-up of dead skin cells leaves behind a dull and perhaps even discolored look. Regular exfoliation helps to reveal the fresh rejuvenated skin hiding just underneath.
The Role Of Bath Salts
Bath salts can be your companion both in the bath and shower.
In the bath, you can add them to water for an aromatic and soothing experience. In the shower, you still get to enjoy the aromatherapeutic properties but in a new way as a skin exfoliator.
How To Use Bath Salts In The Shower: A Guide
Choosing The Right Bath Salts For Exfoliation
To exfoliate the skin using bath salts, first, choose a soak blend that matches your current mood for the day. If you’re exfoliating during a morning shower, something that uses fresh scents like cypress, lemon, or peppermint can help to wake you up.
You’ll want something bright and zesty like our Detox Bath Soak at Better Bath Better Body. It is infused with essential oils of lemon and ginger to create an aroma that uplifts, motivates, and energizes. Alongside pure epsom salt, fractionated MCT coconut oil, vitamin C crystals, and vitamin E oil, the essential oils help to bring about the perfect start to your day.
If you’re exfoliating at night, our Deep Relaxation Bath Soak is the perfect choice. This simple soak has pure lavender essential oil. For pre-bedtime pampering sessions, it provides just the sort of soothing that welcomes a great night of sleep.
Effective Exfoliation Techniques
Exfoliation in the shower can take place before or after washing the skin but doing it before may be more beneficial. Using your shower products on exfoliated skin may improve the effectiveness of any natural oils or moisturizers they contain.
When you’re ready to exfoliate, take a small palm full of your favorite epsom salt soak. On damp skin, gently rub it, making soft circular motions all over the area you wish to exfoliate.
Exfoliation shouldn’t be uncomfortable, so there’s no need to use great pressure. Once you’ve rubbed your skin with your epsom salt soak of choice, it’s time to rinse away the residual salt and any skin cells that may be left behind on the surface.
You may also exfoliate in the bath as you enjoy your soak. Simply take a palm full of soak, rub it onto the skin, and rinse before getting out of the tub.
After exfoliating, wash, pat dry, and do your skincare routine as normal. Epsom salt is an excellent and effective exfoliation tool for the legs, chest, arms, hands, feet, and back.
Now that you know how to use bath salts in the shower, there’s one other thing we want you to remember: choose USP Grade. This label will ensure the epsom salt product you are using is free of contaminants and additives, making it effective and safe to use.