By Celeigh O'Neil

Rose petals sprinkled in a bath are the image of luxury and self love. But a rose petal bath isn't all looks—it can actually enhance your skin and mood. Rosewater soothes irritated skin, brightens your complexion and tightens pores for a smooth appearance. And the petals give off a natural calming scent that has the power to melt away the day behind you and any thoughts of a to-do list ahead of you. It's even gentle enough for sensitive skin. Treat yourself to this indulgent rose petal bath.

Woman bathing with flower petals
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Set aside your regular bubble bath and look to your garden instead before your next bath.

Step 1

Pour a warm bath at the temperature that suits you. Avoid very hot water, which dehydrates the skin.

Step 2

Pluck the petals from a bouquet of roses (organic is best to avoid pesticides that may irritate your skin).

Step 3

When the tub is halfway full, drop the petals under the running water. Let the stream of water disperse them, while infusing the bath with the roses' soothing properties.

Step 4

Pour coconut milk or lavender (or both) under the running water to elevate the experience. (Coconut milk softens your skin and lavender deepens your relaxation.)

Step 5

Slip into the bath and be blissed out!

Step 6

When you're all done, pat—don't rub—your skin dry. This helps your skin retain some of the moisture from the rose petal bath.

Step 7

Apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp to keep it soft and supple.