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7 Bath Soak Recipes For Unbelievably Smooth Skin

Dry skin can be irritating at best and painful at worst when it cracks. And if you have a certain type of skin, dry skin can strike any time of the year. Below are several bath soak recipes to help soothe dry skin, and even prevent it in the first place.


Raw honey has long been used as a skin soother, and is a great natural moisturizer for dry skin. Add a couple cups to your bath while the water is running. Pour the honey into the running water so it washes out of the cup easier and can dissolve in the bath.


Milk is also a great natural moisturizer. You can add a couple cups of milk to the running water as you draw a bath. Milk is also wonderful for nourishing skin, thanks to its vitamins A and D.

If you want to go with one of the classic milk and honey bath soak recipes, simply combine one cup honey and one cup milk, mix well and pour that into a bath while the water is running.

Essential Oils

Essential oils, being oils, are great for dry skin. Some of the most nourishing and moisturizing oils include lavender, rosemary, rose, Frankincense and carrot seed. These oils can also take care of other skin issues, like reducing wrinkles, balancing out the production and absorption of skin oil, promoting cell growth and reducing signs of aging in general. It’s a great option for beauty multitasking.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is every bit as moisturizing on the skin as it looks. Pour a cup of oil into a running bath, though depending on how dry your skin is, you may want to adjust the measurement to preference. If your skin isn’t terribly dry, you may not like the slick feeling oil can give your skin. But if you have very dry skin, you may want more of that feeling.


Oatmeal baths have always been very popular ways to soothe dry skin and soothe the itch that goes along with it. For a natural approach, fill a coffee filter or some cheesecloth with some organic, plain oatmeal. Tie the cloth or filter, and then let it sit in the bath like an oversized tea bag. Let the bag sit for several minutes before you get in the bath.

If you’d rather go the easy way, there are also commercial oatmeal soaks like Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, which has colloidal oatmeal as a main ingredient.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best natural skin moisturizers around, so it makes sense to add it to a bath. Add a cup of coconut oil to a bath while the water is running, or you can even make one of our favorite bath soak recipes by melting a cup of coconut oil in a saucepan on low, adding a dozen drops of your favorite essential oil, stirring and then pouring the mixture into a mold. Let it cool in the refrigerator, and pop the melts right into the bath.


This one seems downright weird, but it can actually cure itchy, dry skin. Simply add about half a cup of cornstarch to the running water as the tub fills up. Then get in, and enjoy the soothing soak.