We all know that baths are an absolute saviour when it comes to relaxation. But is it possible that they could offer other benefits, not only to the mind, but also to the body? More specifically, to the skin? With the right bath set or a luxurious bath oil, you can create a totally spa-worthy experience in your own home. Within just a few weeks of practising an oil-infused ritual, you’re likely to see that the effectiveness of using a bath oil is nothing to be sniffed at!
From cleansed pores, to a nourished and hydrated complexion, you can reap the benefits of botanical oils, all whilst indulging in some well-deserved rest.
We like to think of ourselves as somewhat experts when it comes to the art of bathing. Our science-backed formulas have been carefully created to not only shift your moods for the better, but to also benefit your complexion. We’ve done our research, in the bathroom and out! So, let us use our years of experience to guide you through how to use a bath oil, when to use a shower oil instead and how to find the most effective bath oil and shower oil for dry skin.
Why might you need a bath or shower oil?
When it comes to skin issues, dryness is right up there! In fact, one study found that almost 52% of people self-reported having dry skin, with the problem being even more prominent in women.
In winter, these issues are likely to be exacerbated. As humidity drops, your skin loses 25% of its ability to retain moisture.
And dry skin is far more than just a cosmetic issue. Whilst it can lead to symptoms like redness, flakiness and a cracked appearance to the complexion, it can also bring on a tight sensation to the skin, soreness and sensitivity.
So, there’s no denying that lack of moisture in the skin is not only a widespread problem, but also a very frustrating issue to deal with.
Enter: a bath or shower oil for dry skin.
Let’s talk about the effectiveness of using a bath oil…
Many people believe that when mixing an oil with water (for example, when using it in the bath), it becomes ineffective. They feel as they’re they’re diluting its beneficial properties. However, this is far from the truth…
We’re not simply speaking from our own experience, either. When it comes to the effectiveness of using a bath oil, a scientific pragmatic trial concluded that the regular use of one can be effective in “improving the skin barrier function in children and adults with mild dry skin”. This was tested when the oil was used routinely, as a part of skincare, to manage a broad spectrum of dry skin conditions.
An improved skin barrier means skin that is better hydrated, as it is less likely to lose certain amounts of water through evaporation. Think of it as the armour that protects your body and of oil as a way to keep it in tip-top condition.
Perhaps one of the main reasons why a bath oil (or shower oil) can be so effective is simply because damp skin is more receptive to oils. It allows for improved absorption so that your complexion can truly benefit from its hydrating properties. A luxurious soak in a warm bath is not only soothing to the mind, but opens up your pores to make them more accessible to your skincare products.
On top of this, oils are some of the best cleansers out there. As counterintuitive as it may sound, rubbing in and then removing oil from your face and body helps to cleanse out excess sebum, dirt and makeup. This means unclogged pores and less chance of getting spots. The best part is that, unlike other options, oil cleansing doesn’t strip the skin of moisture.
So, using a bath oil straight on skin before you dip into your moment of relaxation could be the key to finding your glow!
How to use bath oil to combat dry skin?
Your bath should be a luxurious experience from start to finish and bath oils are a brilliant way to signal to yourself that you’re worth a treat!
If you’re wondering how to use a bath oil for best results, there are two ways to make the most of their skin-loving properties.
The first (our absolute favourite!) is to massage a few drops into your décolletage, arms and shoulders before stepping into your gorgeously warm bath. Take a deep breath to enjoy any aromatherapy benefits your oil may have to offer. And relax…
This method is particularly brilliant as it allows you to cleanse the skin on your upper body, before then moisturising from tip to toe.
The second way to use a bath oil is extremely simple, but equally as lovely: Simply add it to your water. Always check the instructions on your product, but in the case of Verdant Alchemy, our bath oil requires just 10-12 drops (or ¼ capful) poured into running water. This is because we ensure that each and every one is highly concentrated - A little goes a long way!
Be sure to explore our bath set selection to find a kit that contains everything you need for a nourishing experience, for mind and body.
What about using a shower oil for dry skin
As hard as we find it to believe, not everybody enjoys baths. Plus, many people live in houses where bathing is simply not an option.
We don’t think this means that you have to sacrifice on relaxation or on caring for your skin through the power of oils though.
What is a shower oil used for? Exactly the same reasons as bath oil…
Each of our Bath & Shower Oils have been carefully created and tested, to be multi-use. Many of the benefits of bathing with oils can be replicated in the shower. After all, the skin is still damp and your pores are still open, making your complexion equally receptive to hydration. This means that using a shower oil for dry skin can be extremely effective.
How to use a shower oil for dry skin
Many people wonder when to use a shower oil: Before, after or whilst they’re under the water?
The truth is that all of the options can be beneficial, especially for those with dry skin.
However, we recommend using Verdant Alchemy oils whilst actually in the shower. Simply use any body cleansers, exfoliators or products as usual and then, on clean skin, apply a few drops with the palm of your hands. Don’t forget to take a deep, mindful breath! It will turn into a milky consistency when combined with water.
Using this method, you’ll have thoroughly hydrated skin, without any greasiness once you’re out of the shower.
The best bath & shower oil for dry skin
Perhaps we’re biassed, but we know just how powerful our Bath & Shower Oils are for refuelling and thriving amid modern life. They’ve been created specifically to nourish your skin with brilliant botanicals, whilst also harnessing aromatherapy benefits.
Indulgent. Calming. Smoothing.
If you’re hoping to ease into the best night’s sleep and wake up with truly nourished skin, this is the one for you. It blends together hydrating and totally natural ingredients such as apricot kernel oil, lavender, cedarwood, patchouli, mandarin and vetiver to lock in moisture. Plus, its calm scent creates the ultimate in spa-like relaxation, through aromatherapy.
It’s the perfect bath and shower oil for dry skin in the evening.
Perfect for anybody that is low-energy or feeling stressed, this blend is formulated to help you create your own little bathroom sanctuary.
Its ingredients include apricot kernel oil, lavender, ylang-ylang and cedarwood which are rich in omegas, fatty acids, vitamin K and vitamin E. Moisturised skin and a calmed mind are only a bath (or shower…) away.
Now onto the ultimate well-being booster that clears congestion and your mind.
This immunity-boosting blend of apricot kernel oil, eucalyptus, lemon, cedarwood, bergamot and thyme will energise and soothe the respiratory system. All whilst leaving you luxuriously moisturised, of course!
When it comes to caring for your skin, we hope we’ve proven just how brilliant an addition of a bath oil or a shower oil can be to your routine. If you’ve not used one before, give it a go. We promise you won’t regret it…