What You Need:
- 6 Lemons
- 6 Oranges
- Tea Candles (I got mine from Dollar Tree)
- 1L Bottle of Water (I also go this from Dollar Tree)
What You Do:
- Make sure it has been at least 2 hours since your last meal
- Take shower to open pores
- Fill tub with warm to hot water
- Add sliced lemons and oranges
- Allow fruit to soak for at least 5 minutes
- Get the Luther (Lufa) Vandross, Maxwell, Tevin Campbell, Boyz II Men, and Brian McKnight playlist going
- Light the tea candles
- Turn off the lights (you can dim if you are fancy and got it like that)
- Enter the tub slowly and soak for 20-30 minutes
- Rinse the skin with warm water
This citrus bath will leave your skin refreshed and glowing. Typically done in the winter months to combat all the bad that comes with the cold and windy air. After a citrus bath your mood should improve, skin should become clean, and the body fragrant.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is the lead singer if you will, in the group known as citrus. Meaning, it’s the Beyonce and the rest are LaTavia, LeToya, and Farrah. The benefits of citrus include, but are not limited to:
- Fight free radicals
- Repairs and rejuvenates the skin
- Maintains skin’s elasticity
- Promote circulation
- Helps with wound healing
- Shrink pores
- Builds connective tissue
- Fight acne
- Provides antibacterial and antioxidant support
- Boosts collagen production
- Revive skin
- Encourages cell turnover
- Prevents and reduces pigmentation
- Helps diminish and prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and stretchmarks
- Reduce sensitivity to cold
Alright sunshine, now that we have gotten all of that info out of the way…
There are a few things to keep in mind. Slicing the lemons and oranges was annoying. I initially was going to do lemons, lime, oranges and grapefruit. However, after 6 lemons and 6 oranges, what was supposed to be relaxing and calming, felt like a chore! I cannot lie, I was beyond over it. I guess you could substitute essential oils or the juice if you wanted. I didn’t want to…welp
I entered the tub and honestly the citrus scent was so strong that the “soak” didn’t feel very relaxing and calming. In fact it was more invigorating. This isn’t a bad thing, it just wasn’t the vibe I was going for. At around 15-20 minutes, I was over it. Even with the music playing, I just didn’t feel relaxed. At around 25 minutes, the back of my knees started to sting a little. Before you ask, no I didn’t have cuts on the back of my knees. It was weird. At around 30 minutes I got up and rinsed myself off. Immediately, out of the tub, I noticed a difference.
sunshine, Sunshine, SUNSHINE…I felt like a new woman. My skin was glistening and glowing, and was AMAZING!
Now for the most part we all know, “Black Don’t Crack”! However, sometimes you just feel like doing something nice for yourself. If you’re like me and don’t necessarily have the coins to go to a spa, this DIY citrus bath is perfect.
Let Your Citrus Fruit Bath Light Shine!