So the only time I normally add salt to anything is with my poached eggs in the morning.
But over the last few months I keep hearing more and more about bath salts, salt scrubs and the power of the Dead Sea. After a couple of my chums came back from Israel raving about the Dead sea benefits I decided that I’d look into seeing if there’s any salty goodness (erm…) around that doesn’t affect people with sensitive skin.
Que my discovery of West Lab Mineral Bathing. As a sensitive little egg I always try and do my research before I splash out on something I’ve never tried before and I’ll admit I’d never even heard of them.
The benefits of sea salts isn’t a new commodity. They’ve been used for centuries. West Lab hasn’t quite been around that long, they were established in 2014, but they pride themselves on the quality of their products. They are a UK company and I was really impressed when I discovered that they have a batch suitable for people with Eczema. There’s no bleaching involved or use of harsh chemicals in their products and it’s refreshing to find a range that can be used by us sensitive shells. When you have sensitive skin adding any old thing to your bath is a no-go, and you can forget those beautifully scented bath bombs! I’m normally more of a shower person (usually because I’m in an eternal rush) and more so because there’s just not much you can add to your bath when you have Eczema.
To begin with I bought the 5kg bag which you can buy online for the sale price of £12.99 here. The benefits of the salts is
that not only are they relaxing but their mineral content is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the tub. Potassium balances moisture levels, Calcium is cell-renewing and anti-oxidant and Magnesium soothes and helps balance and repair the skin. Alongside this Bromides help make that bath even more enjoyable- by relaxing the muscles.
As recommended I added about 1kg of Salts mixed with warm water. The advice is to bath in water between 37-39 degrees. I literally have zero idea how hot my bath was but I’m not burning my ass for anyone! I’d like to be able to say I relaxed with a large Gin, however I was so hot I just nailed a pint of water in the bath instead… I did light one of my favourite candles though- I just adore all the Lilly-Flame range, this time I used their Lavender and Lime scent, which you can purchase here.
Normally if I have a bath my skin always feels really raisiny afterwards (that’s SO not even a word), unless I soak in oil- in which case I normally slip on the floor and vow to use showers forever more.
As a very wary customer I was half expecting to come out of the bath looking like I’d either been dipped in acid, or with no effect whatsoever. When in fact it was completely the opposite! This left my skin feeling AMAZING! Even the next morning I felt like my skin was a little less dry. I still moisturised as normal but it wasn’t that frantic ‘grab-the-cream-before-your-skin-falls-off’ scenario. Anyone with dry skin knows all too well there’s only a short window between bathing and moisturising- miss it and hello lizard skin! I’ve been using the salts for the last couple of weeks, twice a week and I definitely think it’ll become part of my skincare regime. Plus it forces me to have a bath and actually relax- something I NEVER have time to do.