Liv Tyler writes about beauty rituals, bath salts (not that kind) and her outfit in Empire Records in a new essay at Into the Gloss (not to be confused with our sister site thegloss). The beauty basics Tyler promotes–exfoliating, moisturizing and taking pride in your appearance–are hard to argue with. I’m also intrigued by this bath soaking ritual of hers.
I take a couple of baths a week where I use a whole box of Epsom salts and either a bottle of hydrogen peroxide or a packet of baking soda. Equal parts salt and hydrogen peroxide. It makes you sweat all of the toxins out and all of the bad stuff. I learned about it from a hippie-natural-amazing pediatrician, actually, for when kids get sick.
I did not know hydrogen peroxide was generally considered safe to bathe in. But according to this article, it’s even safe enough to use as a toothpaste when mixed with the appropriate quantities of baking soda and salt.
Regardless, Tyler seems to genuinely enjoy this and other beauty rituals.
When you put a bit more effort into some things, the results are wonderful, especially as a woman—in your health, your body, your skin, your hair. It can be about that extra five little minutes a day, 30 more minutes a week. Try to shut the world out. If you’re a mom, you just say, ‘Okay, here, you’re going to watch a movie, I’m going to take a bath.’ Take the time to have a bath, to do a face mask. It really makes you feel better! And that is what makes you more beautiful—the inner-sparkle that shines out. My whole thing about skincare is starting from the inside, out. There’s no cream that’s going to make you beautiful.
Tyler then goes on to list about 60 creams that you can buy to potentially be more beautiful, but that’s okay; Into The Gloss is, after all, a fashion and beauty website.
While Tyler’s overall approach might not be low-maintenance, it does seem pretty low-key. She sounds like she does exactly the amount of “beauty work” she finds fulfilling and to hell with the parts she doesn’t, and I can dig that.
We’ll end this post with a tip from Tyler that I wholeheartedly endorse: Turn the water to cold (or at least cool) for the last minute or so of your shower. Cold water closes the hair cuticle and pores, which helps keep bad stuff out.