5 Ingredient Spring Skin Perk-Up

Spring is coming — banish your dry, winter-damaged skin with this all-natural bath soak recipe using ingredients from your pantry.

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Winter has left me feeling kind of…parched. My nightstand has become a reservoir for an assortment of lotions, creams, salves and pretty much anything else that promises to cure dry, flaky skin. Those beauty products wrack up a pretty expensive bill – and sometimes they don’t even work!

Winter-damaged skin, meet olive oil bath bomb.

I’m obsessed with these little cubes. They make my skin feel super soft all day, they smell amazing (without being overpowering) and at the low, low cost of simply raiding my kitchen cabinets, it’s a wonder I ever bother with the store-bought stuff in the first place.

Ready to say hello to smooth, spring-break ready skin? Here’s how to get started:

  • Exfoliate: The first step is to brush away dry, dead skin cells. For this blend, I used salt and oatmeal. For best results, use sea salt, which is full of minerals that match your skin’s composition and help you retain moisture. Oatmeal (don’t use instant oatmeal, which usually contains added sugars and extra ingredients) is very gentle, making it a great for those with sensitive skin.
  • Cleanse: Honey and cinnamon both are natural cleansers with antibacterial properties. Honey, a humectant, also hydrates the skin by sealing in moisture. If you have sensitive skin, substitute cinnamon for a small spoonful of honey – too much cinnamon can irritate the skin.
  • Moisturize: Next, select a carrier oil. On my first trial, I used only coconut oil, but it left my skin feeling too greasy. I ended up using two parts olive oil to one part coconut oil.

Feel free to switch up ingredients – try a squeeze of lemon for a boost of skin-clearing vitamin C, tea tree oil to fight redness or a few drops of lavender essential oil before bedtime. Once you have the perfect blend for your skin, combine the ingredients, pour into an ice tray, seal and pop them in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use your bath bombs, remove one from the ice tray and place it directly under warm (hot water will only dry out your skin more) running water. Be careful – these things are almost too luxurious.

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