December 14, 2019
I’m a confessed bath addict (when I was looking for my flat I wouldn’t bother looking at even the most beautiful flats if there wasn’t a bath). For me it’s a time to switch off, relax, breathe, think and take time for a little self love. So I thought I’d let you know the products I use to maximise my time: for both skin and mind (glass of wine optional).
I have linked my favourites after each ingredient – which I have been so kind as to test out over the years and can vouch for effectiveness. These are affiliate links so I make a small percentage on any sales.
SALTS two handfuls while bath is running, soak for 20 minutes
I always, always, add salts to my bath – and sometimes a whole mix. When I’m having a bath it tends to be because I want to relax my muscles and salts are the best way to do this – along with helping detoxify the skin. I love using basic classics such as epsom salts and magnesium flakes which penetrate muscles through your skin’s surface in a hot bath. If I’m feeling a little more fancy I’ll add a handful from fancy pot, too.
OILS + MILKS 4-10 drops just before you get in
aromatherapy is proven to help your brain relax and switch off so it’s paramount to add some oils into the mix. They work by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then send messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. Magical right? Then pour some in and reap the benefits! They’re also a great way to nourish the skin during your soak.
since you’ve got 20 or so minutes to yourself, I love taking the time to touch every part of my body – and a scrub is a great way to remove any dead skin cells from the skin – and dead skin cells like to slide off more easily when the skin is warm: win win. Especially great if you suffer from Keratosis Pilaris. There’s even milks you can put in your bath that will do the job for you if you just want to close your eyes.
MASKS 2 teaspoons during soak
whilst you’re detoxifying, nourishing and relaxing your body: why not do the same for your face? I love applying a layer of a hydrating or clay mask during my bath. I like doing this 5 minutes in so that the steam from the heat has opened my pores a little which means the mask can be absorbed better by the skin (and therefore more effective)
CANDLES light 10 minutes before bath
a bath isn’t complete with at least one delicious flame throwing a delicious scent around. It’s also a great way to light your bathroom if your normal light is a little brighter than you’d like for this time out.<