Janice Cox, one of America’s leading natural beauty experts and bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home, shares some of her favorites DIY beauty recipes to soak in for stress relief, better sleep, skin exfoliation, and more. Read on for full recipes and details.
If you can spare 15-20 minutes, beauty expert Janice Cox is convinced that’s enough time to relax, recharge, and give yourself some necessary self-care. Here are five of Janice’s favorite recipes featuring Epsom salt, which she refers to as “the gateway to natural beauty.”
#1. Relaxing Lavender Oatmeal Bath
“Lavender has a relaxing scent, and oatmeal calms the skin, even for people with sensitive and dry skin. Combined with Epsom salt, the bath is naturally refreshing, cleansing and soothing for both your body and mind,” Cox says.
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- ¼ cup dried lavender flowers
- ½ cup oatmeal (whole oats)
- Place the lavender and oatmeal in a food processor or blender and process on high until you have a fine mixture that resembles whole grain flour.
- In a bowl, stir the lavender-oatmeal mixture with Epsom salt, and pour into a clean, dry container.
Add half a cup to your bath as you fill the tub. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
#2. Colored Bath Salts
These make great gifts. Mix Epsom salt with two or three drops of natural food colors and place in pretty jars. You can also layer the colors for a striped effect.
#3. Jet Lag Fix
Bring lavender and peppermint essential oil when you travel. For energy, add a few drops of the peppermint to an Epsom salt bath. To help with sleep, use the lavender oil.
#4. Pedicure Soak
Before a home pedicure, soak in a footbath with a couple tablespoons of Epsom salt and white vinegar. This mixture softens rough skin and gets feet clean and smooth.
#5. Salt Rub for your arms, legs, and back
To exfoliate, mix ½ cup Epsom salt with a ½ cup natural oil, such as almond or coconut. It’s a deep cleanse to help your skin look healthier.
“People think of soaks as more of a luxury, because it sounds like it will take a long time,” Cox said. “It’s only 15 or 20 minutes. Take that time for yourself without any distractions and focus on relaxing.”