Take some time for yourself with these relaxing, skin-softening products. Try one a week in the months leading up to your wedding.
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One indulgence we missed out on for a long time was the bath. We overlooked the very idea of them, wrote them off as something that wasn't really necessary, and we figured a bath was a luxury we'd never have the time for. (That last sentiment is probably the one most busy brides-to-be really relate to.) Lately, though, it seems like baths are the beauty world's newest buzzword. We've been hearing only great things about regular soaks from nutritionists, holistic doctors, and in-the-know celebrities, all of whom rave about the detoxifying, destressing, and beautifying benefits associated with regular mineral salt soaks. And who needs those results more than an engaged woman?
There are lots of good reasons to carve out time for a mineral salt bath each week, but the most important one may be the fact that regular soaks help to release toxins from your skin, resulting in a healthier complexion. Plus, as you unwind in your bath, your body will absorb the minerals in the water. But are the benefits of a weekly bath really worth the time you lose in the tub? To answer that question, we tried it and were pleasantly surprised to learn that the answer is a resounding yes. In fact, we loved these baths so much that our cabinets are now stocked full of mineral salt soaks.
If you're thinking about adding a mineral salt bath to your wedding wellness regimen, dip a toe in with some of our favorites. We found six must-buy mineral salts that are worth using at least once or twice a week. (Or more, if you can find the time.) Be warned: After you try it once, there's a good chance you're going to be much more inclined to spend an extra half hour in the tub each week.
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Mullein & Sparrow
If the apothecary-inspired packaging is pretty enough to make you want to buy this soak and display it on your vanity, you'll be thrilled to know that what's inside is even better. It contains both rose oil and rose petals, as well as mineral-rich salt crystals. Although pretty, the rose elements aren't just for looks. They have amazing benefits for the skin, like boosting circulation, contributing to a radiant glow, and are rich in vitamin C, which helps to brighten and neutralize aging free radicals.
Mullein & Sparrow Rose Bath Salts, $55, garmentory.com.
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These salts smell like peppermint, which is reminiscent of an earthy, elegant candy cane. They soak is super energizing, so, if you can, try taking this bath before work for a caffeine-free pick-me-up. Also good to know: The salts are made up of calming lavender and Himalayan Pink Salt, which contain more than 84 trace minerals and elements.
French Girl "Sea Soak" Menthe and Rosemary Soak, $18, frenchgirlorganics.com.
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Made with detoxifying blue clay and eucalyptus, these salts definitely make you feel like you're at the spa. Blue clay (and clay in general) is an awesome ingredient to help draw impurities from the pores; it also helps the skin retain moisture. And we can attest to that fact: We barely needed to put lotion on after trying this one—our skin still felt so smooth and hydrated.
Herbivore "Detox" Blue Clay + Eucalyptus Soaking Salts, $18, herbivorebotanicals.com.
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Scooped up from the Dead Sea, these salts are pure and mineral rich. The detoxifying mix also contains frankincense essential oil, rose oil, and cedar from "old growth" forests. Best of all, you'll find a small seashell buried among the salts, which you use to scoop out them out to sprinkle in your bath. (It's the little things.)
Shiva Rose "Rose Moon" Sea Salts, $60, shivarose.com.
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Fig + Yarrow
When you want something that's truly calming and skin softening, try this product, which contains buttermilk powder, a natural exfoliator and moisturizer. It also has a garden-like smell, thanks to a variety of floral essential oils including jasmine, geranium, and rosewood.
Fig + Yarrow "Floral Milk Bath" Packets, $12, figandyarrow.com.
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If you want to feel like you're on a tropical vacation, pour these in your bathtub and close your eyes. The smell from the coconut oil in these salts will make you feel like you're on an island. It's not just the scent that makes coconut oil great, though. t's also a natural antibacterial ingredient and an awesome moisturizer. If you find you love it so much that you want to use it every day, you can mix it with a body wash and use it as an exfoliator in the shower.
Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt with Coconut Oil, $5.99, ulta.com.