What are bath additives? - Bath additives are natural parts of a total emollient therapy, along with emollient cleansers and topical emollients. Bath additives are liquid, lipid products that are based on liquid paraffin. When added to bath water, these products form a thin oily layer on the skin surface, which helps trapping water in the skin and thereby keeps it moist.
Be gentle to your skin
The oily layer will need some time to sink in, and for the best effect one should be careful not to rub it off when using the towel. Gently pat the skin dry.
Do not use regular soaps on dry skin
Any soap, however mild, will further dry the skin, which is obviously inappropriate for people with dry and sensitive skin. Regular soaps contain residual alkalies, typically in form of sodium, which is very disruptive to the upper layer of the skin. Most people are robust enough to stand it, but some people with psoriasis and particularly sensitive and dry skin can be troubled.
Many bath products will cleanse the skin, and thereby remove the need for further cleansing products. However, skin cleansers (soap substitutes) are also available. Do not be alarmed that soap substitutes do not foam – they are still effective at cleaning your skin. Usually, following the bath will be a good time to apply your topical emollient, because soaking and sealing may be key to hydrate your skin.
Bath additives make surfaces very slippery
Be careful! Most bath additives will make both the bath and the person who has used them slippery. For safety reasons, use a bath mat and be careful when stepping in and out of the bath.