3 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera in Your Bath | And Product Types

3 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera in Your Bath discusses why aloe vera is good for your skin. Products types include soap, bath gel, bath bombs and soaks.

Introduction

Aloe Vera as a skin care product became popular in California when I was a teenager.  I tend to burn when everyone else is getting a tan, so I needed something to relieve the pain.  And aloe vera did that for me.  Not only did it provide pain relief, but it aided in the healing of the damage I did to my skin. 

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Now I read that it has many other health benefits, including a great addition to your bath!  Let’s find out why you might want to add aloe vera to your bathing routine.

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera is a succulent plant which often has thick leaves that are storing water in them.  This is because they grow in hot dry climates, and the leaves store water in the dry season.    

In the case of the aloe, the water is stored in long leaves that are serrated on the outer edges.  When you cut open an aloe vera leaf, you find a slimy clear “flesh” which we now know has medicinal benefits.  

These plants grow well here in southern California, and propagate easily.  If you want to use these plants for your skin, it is wise to have a few plants on hand so you can rotate cutting them.  Aloe vera should not be watered too much, my research says about every three weeks.  To test if you need to water, push your finger into the soil about two inches down.  If it is dry, then water.  Also, water it deeply when you do water it.

Why Is Aloe Vera Good for Your Skin?

The juice of the aloe vera plant contains many helpful properties.  These include antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.  These can nourish your skin as well as relieving the pain of burns or scrapes.  

Antioxidants fight oxidation, which is how our cells break down.  Therefore it can aid in cell repair, which is especially true in the case of wounds.  The anti-inflammatory property of the plant can fight inflammation in the skin.  This is due to the Vitamins A and C.

So the three reasons aloe vera is good for your skin is because it can:

  • Heal wounds
  • Reduce pain
  • Soothe dry and itchy skin

A word of caution:  Overuse of aloe vera can exfoliate the skin to an unhealthy extreme which may then lead to irritation.  As with many skin care products, you should use any aloe vera product with moderation.  

Another caution is to be careful using it as a lubricant or healing agent around your private areas.  Use only 100% gel for this.

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What Aloe Vera Products Are Available?

I spent time researching how best to use aloe vera in the bath.  I was at a loss to find how one can actually use aloe vera juice or the “flesh” in the tub.  All I could come up with was the products listed below, some of which are specifically made for bathing.  

Bath and Shower Gel

This format contains some other ingredients that make it soapy and less sticky.  The recommendation is to use a loofah, or a scrubbie or washcloth, and put some of the gel on it.  Gently massage into the body.  Rinse.

The results are that you will cleanse your body and also moisturize and hydrate your skin.  And in most of the products you have mainly natural ingredients, i.e. aloe vera.  

I do advise that you read all ingredients carefully.  Obviously the less additives the better.  As always, if you have sensitive skin, check with your doctor if you are concerned about any reaction.

Aloe Vera Powder

This is used to make many products with aloe vera, including cosmetics, hair products, and cleansing products.  

For bath purposes, it is put in bath bombs, soaps and massage oils.  

Bath Bombs

I have reviewed bath bombs in this article: What Is The Insider’s Guide To Bath Bombs?  A bath bomb made with aloe will certainly promote soft skin and relieve itchy burns and scrapes.  

But my primary concern with bath bombs is the added fragrance, and coloring, which may cause reactions in some people.  

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Aloe Vera Juice

We all know that aloe vera juice is a product that can be consumed.  I am not recommending that here, and hope you research drinking it before you do so.  But I would imagine there would be benefits from pouring a cup of it in your bath water.  

Or just pouring it into a washcloth and rubbing it on your skin would provide benefits as well.  Aloe vera has also been indicated in treating acne.  I found several testimonials of people that stated aloe had cleared up their skin.  

Aloe Vera Soap

There are several options available to purchase aloe vera soap.  Some complaints are that, depending on the ingredients, it doesn’t lather.  This would include the types that have glycerin in them.  

If you want lather, you should look for products containing sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or coco-glucoside.  

Here is a video of how to make your own aloe vera soap. 

I researched sodium hydroxide, which is what the person in the video uses.  It is actually a caustic substance, but apparently when used in small amounts, is safe for use in soap.  

Aloe Vera Bath Soak

Another type of bath is a bath soak.  Basically you are adding ingredients that are probably in a bath gel, soap, or bath bomb.  But without ingredients you may not want in your bath.  I think I should research this topic more, as it seems like a more natural product to use. 

If you check out my article on oatmeal baths, (Why You Should Take an Oatmeal Bath for Itchy Skin) you might consider adding a few tablespoons of aloe vera gel to the oatmeal.  This should provide you with a very skin healing bath experience.

Conclusion

Have I covered all your questions about aloe vera in your bath?  I hope so.  I also hope you try taking a bath in some aloe and let us know what your experience was.  Leave comments and questions below, please.  

What Is a Loofah? The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Loofahs!

A true loofah is derived from a plant referred to as a luffa gourd, which grows a fruit that looks much like a cucumber.  If the fruit is allowed to dry on the vine, its fibrous structure produces the sponge like loofah.  
It retains the shape of a tube, with fibrous cells which makes it look like a sponge if you slice it at the width diameter.  
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These are then cut into hand size to be used to bathe.  They hold water and soap to create soapy suds.  

Bath Poof

Nylon poofs (poufs) or scrubbies are also called loofahs by some people, but for my purposes, I am only calling the plant type a true loofah.  These nylon ones are softer and may be better for people with sensitive skin.  

Why Use a Loofah?

People use a loofah to exfoliate dead skin.  The rough surface can scrub away dry skin cells and leave the skin refreshed.  The roughness can also stimulate circulation, which helps in healthy skin cells.  

With a loofah you are probably washing away bacteria and other nasty compounds on your skin.  I use it to scrub my dry skin.  

Your skin should feel invigorated after a scrub with a loofah.  

Are There Different Types of Loofahs?

There are two species of the gourd that are used for loofahs.  One is called luffa acuntangular which is referred to as smooth luffa.  The other is called luffa aegyptiaca that is named angled luffa. Again for our purposes, we call both these loofahs, as their properties are similar.

The most common loofah is the sponge type that is usually hand held or on a long handle. It is made from the plant gourd that I mentioned above.  If it is on a long handle, it is glued to the handle.  This is what I use to wash my back.  

There are also facial loofahs, which are pads made from the same gourd that can be used for cleansing the face.  These small pads are about ½” thick and about 3” in diameter.  They can be used the same as a loofah except that you are scrubbing a smaller area.  

Then there are also loofahs that contain soap.  Or soap that has a loofah in it.  Who knew?  

Or there are soaps with a small loofah molded right into one side of the soap.  You can soap up then scrub with the loofah. And there are loofahs that are attached to a scrub pad, so your hand doesn’t actually touch the loofah.  

It seems entrepreneurs have thought of every way to use a loofah.  

Here’s a video of a woman that made her own soap loofahs.  

Best Soaps Or Body Scrubs For Loofahs

There doesn’t appear to be a best soap or body scrub recommendation.  Loofahs can handle bar soap or a shower gel.  You don’t have to use very much of either because the loofah does suds up very nicely.  

If you have sensitive skin, or are concerned about dry or itchy skin, I did some research on oatmeal baths in my article Why You Should Take an Oatmeal Bath for Itchy Skin.  Oatmeal is a calming and soothing product that is very good for skin.  

How Often Should You Use a Loofah?

It is recommended that you use a loofah only twice a week.  Using it more than that can irritate your skin and cause other problems.  

Are Loofahs Unsanitary?  Or Are They Bad for Your Skin?

Most dermatologists don’t use loofahs.  And especially not on the face. They state that if you have a skin condition that builds up dead cells, you may use a loofah, but only twice a week at the maximum.  

Loofahs will harbor bacteria, so it is imperative that you replace them regularly.  If you don’t want to, then you should put it in water that has been boiled.  As soon as the water boils, take it off the stove and put the loofah in for 3 minutes.  Carefully remove and let dry.  You should do this after every use.  

I have read that soaking in water and tea tree oil will also kill bacteria.  Let it completely dry.  

Cautions For Using A Loofah

Those of us that have sensitive skin, should be careful what we put on it.  The loofah has an abrasive surface, and therefore can irritate some individuals.  If you have sensitive skin, you may want to reconsider using a loofah.  

Always clean your loofah after each use.  Don’t overuse it; at the most use it two times per week.  

Conclusions

Now that you know the benefits and as well as cautions, weigh the pros and cons of using a loofah.  Personally, I won’t be using mine as much as I have been, and I am going to go clean it right now!

However, if you want a natural product to exfoliate your skin, then a natural fiber loofah is the way to go.  Either way, test it to be sure it doesn’t irritate you.

Your comments and questions are valuable.  Leave them below.  

About Barbara – Best Bath Products

 

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I LOVE BATHS!

Hello. I’m Barbara, creator of Best-Bath-Products.com. I want to share my love for taking baths with everyone! Hence, the creation of this website. When you build a website, you should build it around something you love. Well I love warm baths!

I love taking baths. It is a luxury for me. And it is a luxury that isn’t that expensive. It caps the close of my day, where I can relax and prepare for sleep. And with all the products available to us, we can customize our bath experience.

WHY PROMOTE BATH PRODUCTS?

There is actually science showing that a warm bath can help you sleep better! As I get older, and because of my chronic pain, I find sleeping isn’t always guaranteed. But if I can make getting a good night’s sleep a better possibility, then I will do that. That’s where a warm bath comes in.

And of course let’s not forget why we bathe in the first place; to get clean. While simple soap and water can achieve that, you might like to explore the products I feature to make your bathing more productive.

We can increase the enjoyment of that experience by using products that enhance this. There are products for dry skin, itchy skin, for seniors, for children, and much more. There are products that provide aromatherapy for different results. I recommend some safety measures as well, to ensure an environment where no accidents can occur.

It is my hope that by providing this information, your bathing activities will be more pleasurable.

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It is my hope you will find information that will help you to decide what you need to enjoy bathing at a new level. I know this isn’t an earth-shattering subject, but I do think taking care of yourself is important for physical and mental health. Taking a bath is one way I do this.

If you have questions about this topic, or have comments to make, please leave them below. Do you have an idea you’d like me to explore? Great! Leave those as well.

Here’s to relaxing in a warm soothing bath!

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