Last weekend, on a bit of a whim, I decided to sign up for a 3-day juice cleanse. Before this, the closest I had ever gotten to detoxing was reading GOOP. Midway through day one I was tired and cranky with a killer headache. (The 7 degree weather and 3 crazy kids who desperately need to go back to school might have contributed.) It was the perfect time to escape for an hour-long detox soak in the tub.
First, I started with a detox scrub. Everything I read about detox baths included Epsom salts so I combined that with another detox favorite, ginger, to make a dry scrub. Because you can pretty much cure whatever ails you with ginger.
Ginger has notable anti-oxidant properties and has been incorporated in the cosmetic and skin care industry as a result of its use to protect against aging. Ginger has historically been used for hyperpigmentation and evening out skin tone in various cultural practices.
You’ll want to stand on a large towel to catch the scrub because it gets a little messy. Then scoop some in your hand, and starting with your feet, work upward. Do not scrub sensitive areas or in areas of active acne as there is a frictional component of acne (persistent rubbing and massaging may trigger further acne breakouts).
Pulsing it in the food processor makes the Epsom salt much easier on the skin, but still. Take your time and enjoy the smell of fresh ginger. I tend to rush and have half the scrub left at the end. That’s always a good reminder to relax and go over things again.
Before you start scrubbing, start filling the bath with hot water. The heat and the ginger will make you sweat! Which is pretty much the goal, right? Because sweating is how the body eliminates toxins. Plus it also helps unclog your pores and relax the muscles.
You can drink ginger tea before bathing to enhance the detox effect.
On the plus side, the bath worked wonders on my headache. In fact, I felt down right amazing. The downside? I was ravenous! And kale juice was not going to cut it. Nobody’s perfect, right?
Have you ever juice cleansed? Or taken a detox bath? Let me know how it went!
Ginger Detox Body Scrub + Bath
Ginger Body Scrub
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Ginger Body Scrub
- Combine roughly chopped ginger and 1/2 cup Epsom salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times until the ginger is ground and combined. Remove to a small bowl and add lemon juice. Put down a towel and apply scrub before your detox bath
Ginger Detox Bath
- Run a bath of hot water and add bath detox recipe. Submerge body for 30 minutes to an hour.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.134