Bathe Your Way to Beauty
The correct way to bathe
It can get a bit chilly while you're waiting to take a bath.
Turning the shower on and letting the water run for a while can help warm the room up.
Before turning on the water, sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the bathroom floor where the shower stream will hit it directly. When you open the door, you will be greeted with a warm steam and a revitalizing scent.
It is ideal to take a bath every day. When your body is warmed up, your circulation becomes much better. The water pressure also acts as a massage, assisting your lymphatic nodes to work better. If you would like to tone your midsection, try doing twists to the right and left while sitting in a tub filled half way with warm water. Stretching the backs of your legs and thighs helps soothe muscles and make your feet feel lighter. For joint pain, rub and stretch the areas thoroughly. If you feel joint pain in your fingers, shake them in the water to ease the pain.
Use the bath as your fountain of youth
Half body bathing (sitting in the tub with warm water up to your solar plexus), has been said to be wonderful for your health. Your blood takes one minute to circulate your whole body. When you sit in a warm bath for an extended amount of time, the blood that has been warmed circulates and warms your entire body. You should aim for at least 15 minutes, 20 to 30 minutes if possible. You might want to drape a dry towel over your shoulders to keep from getting cold. Reading a book, or just reflecting on your thoughts and relaxing are great ways to refresh your soul and bathe your way to beauty.
The bath is where I regain my youth. After I finish a long day of work, I eat dinner, clean up, and take care of everything else I need to for the day. Taking a bath at the end of a long day truly helps me relax. It helps me plan and look forward to what will happen tomorrow.
The secret to youth is learning how to change the way you look at things.
If you’re 70, think “I’m only 70.” Not, “I’m already 70.” It’s not how old you are in numbers. It’s how you look and feel. The bath is where I work on my perspective of myself.
Just taking a bath relaxes your body and soul. Pleasant smelling essential oils and soaps help too.
Recent bath additives have been using less chemicals and using more natural ingredients, which is a great thing. If you have a choice, using natural products is always better. Floating bath petals or citrus peels in the tub at home is also a great idea. Citrus peels also have the added benefit of warming your body to the core.
I love taking sake baths as well. You can use leftover sake from cooking. Add 2 cups to your tub for silky smooth skin.
If you want to use essential oils in your bath, taking some salt and mixing a few drops of oil into it first before adding it to the water helps release scents better.
Scents strongly affect your cerebral limbic system. It is a part of your brain that recognizes feelings, wants, and memories, along with your autonomic nervous activity. Scents help refresh and revive this area of your brain, thus relaxing your body and soul.
It’s best to bathe in a 100.4 ~ 104 ℃ bath, for a extended amount of time. If you feel yourself getting dizzy, don’t close your eyes, keep looking forward, breath is fresh cool air, and you will feel fine.
When you are sitting in a bath, your pores open and toxins come out. Washing your body after your pores are completely open helps get rid of toxins and dead skin, making your skin very clear.
Try washing your body gently with soapy bubbles. If you scrub too harshly, areas with delicate skin will become dry and itchy. It’s great to use milk, olive oil, and honey to remedy itchiness. Please be careful as not to slip when using these ingredients in the tub.
Detoxing, whitening, and the texture of your skin
Let’s make the bath your beautifying place.
First thing is to detoxify using the following:
- Natural salt
- Olive oil
Take one tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of coffee, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of honey in a small container and massage it into the backs of your feet and around your toes to detoxify and get rid of foot odor. Rise after massaging.
The minerals within the natural salt penetrates past your cuticles, reviving your natural moisturizing action. Milk coats your skin, adding moisture. Coffee burns fat, and is said to assist the body in getting rid of toxins. Honey has moisturizing and antibacterial properties.
Let’s move onto whitening.
- Natural salt
- Matcha powder
- Olive oil
Take 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and mix together well. Spread all over face, neck, breasts, arms, stomach, legs, butt, and massage for clear smooth skin. Massage upwards to tone your butt. The combination of naturals salt, milk, matcha powder, olive oil, and honey will help whiten and brighten your skin.
If you are going to use this all over your body, make a larger batch than just for the face. The protein in the milk attracts the grime in your pores, thus making your skin clean, and also moisturized. The salt will turn your skin red if you rub too hard, so please massage gently.
The catechin in the matcha powder is said to help whiten skin. If you have lackluster skin, this is a great ingredient to massage your face with. Rinse well.
And last but not least, let's smooth and tone the texture of your skin.
- Natural salt
- Soy milk
- Olive oil
Take 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of soy milk, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and mix together well.
The isoflavones in the soy milk help smooth the texture of your skin. Gently massage this mixture all over your face and leave for 3 minutes. Gently massage your face while thoroughly rinsing for a nice facial.
The minerals within the natural salt help you sweat, opening your pores and cleaning them out. The salt also rids your skin of toxins and bumps up your metabolism by improving your blood flow and lymphatic system. Salt also has the added benefit of toning your skin.
Yuko, also referred to as the anti-aging wizard, has been researching beauty and health for over 20 years and is the owner of the exclusive beauty salon "Natural Sage" in Tokyo, where her clientele includes royal families and A-list celebrities. She is also the founder of NNNY Skin Care, a premium skin care line initially created exclusively for her salon clientele.