Nothing resets body and mind as simply as a restorative soak in the bath. A deep, hot bath will relax muscles, soothe tension headaches and reduce any cramps. Whether you’ve had a serious session at the gym or been sitting at a desk all day, a bath will help your spine to relax and your mind to unwind. Time out from technology aids relaxation and help you to sleep better, so leave the ipad on the sofa and relish the peace and quiet.
Before you sink in, boost your circulation and smooth dry patches with a grainy exfoliating scrub like Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish. Apply all over dry skin, paying extra attention to ankles, knees, elbows and scaly patches. For skin benefits that last long after you hop out the tub, choose a face mask that works well with steam such as Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask which helps draw out impurities and deeply cleanse. Smooth a thin layer onto cleansed skin and leave on for 15 minutes.
Drawing the Bath
The ideal bath water temperature should be warm but not too hot as not only can it affect your blood pressure, hot water can dry the skin out and lead to irritation. Test the water with your wrist not your hand, as this is a better gauge of how hot it will feel when your body is submerged. Bright lights are anathema to relaxation so light a few candles for a softer, calmer feel and to fill the bathroom with your favourite fragrance. We love the soothing and fresh scent of Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Scented Candle, the uplifting Byredo Burning Rose Candle and Malin + Goetz’s Cannabis Candle with its calming blend of lemon, fig, sandalwood and patchouli.
Pour on Water
For the ultimate bath choose an elixir that suits your needs, and add to the running water to ensure it evenly disperses. To soothe, heal and refresh tired muscles try Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak which uses essential oils, mineral salts and therapeutic herbs to relax stressed-out shoulders. Choose Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil if you’re in need of re-energising, or de-stress and detoxify with Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts. If you’re struggling to unwind and fall asleep This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, with its calming scent of lavender and vetivert, is a winner.
Eyes Wide Shut
Make the most of your time, and once you’ve removed your face mask, pat dry your face and apply an eye mask to help repair and nourish the delicate skin on the orbital bone. Close your eyes to re-set your energy, breathe deeply and lie back, submerged in the water for at least 20 minutes to allow the aromatherapy benefits from your bath oil to get to work.
Seal in the Goodness
When you eventually emerge from your soothing soak, have a favourite body hydrator on hand to lock in moisture and fragrance skin. We love the ultra-softening Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter which contains shea butter, olive oil and honey for long-lasting hydration, or try Ren Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil for a glossy finish and subtle rose fragrance.