Preparation Is Everything
First up, while you wait for the tub to fill, give your skin a workout with Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush, a vigorous polish towards the heart will boost circulation and help exfoliate dry skin. Set the mood by lighting a candle; the soft, flickering light helps to create a relaxed atmosphere, while a scent you love will boost your mood. We love the earthy, freshness of Byredo Tree House Candle. For something even more pampering, try NEOM’s Intensive Skin Treatment Candle which transforms into a decadent oil as it burns, ideal for a post-bath massage.
The Long Soak
Submerging yourself in water for 30 minutes has been proven to boost mental wellbeing and even strengthen circadian rhythms – which govern our biochemistry and sleep cycles. It can also be helpful to take a warm bath before bed to help relax and encourage a more restful night’s sleep, even more so if you add a spoonful of This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak with calming extracts of lavender and vetivert. What you put in your bath can have a strong effect on the senses, so choose scents, colours and textures that appeal to you. We love the warming, cinnamon, spicy scent of Susanne Kaufmann’s Oil Bath Winter, but if it’s bubbles you’re after we recommend Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath.
Your bathing ritual is the perfect time to take a moment to indulge in some extra beauty boosters. Give your skin time to recharge with a nutrient-enriched face mask. For maximum results choose one that suits your needs. To improve brightness and even out skin tone we like Herbivore Blue Tansy, which uses natural AHA and BHA ingredients to gently exfoliate. While you’re soaking, nourish and moisturise your hair with a mask or luxurious oil such as Mauli Grow Strong Hair Oil. Finally, give your body a boost by smoothing on exfoliator and working on dry areas such as knees and heels. Acqua Di Parma Fico Di Amalfi Body Scrub smells like a fortnight in Sicily and leaves skin super smooth.
Seal The Deal
After all that if you want to fall straight into bed, we wouldn’t blame you! But for skin softness, now is the time to lock in moisture with a body cream or oil. Face masks are often packed with strong ingredients, so after using one it’s a good idea to follow up with a gentle face oil such as Oskia Restoration Oil. If your feet need a little TLC with the salons being closed at the moment, pop on Patchology’s foot and heel mask while you get ready for bed. Dry, cracked heels are smoothed and softened in 10-minutes. For the final flourish spritz the calming, restorative Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Sleep Mist onto your pillow and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.