How to Create the Ultimate Relaxing Bath
As the long and cold nights start to draw in, who knows a better way to relax, unwind and let life’s trials and tribulations fade away than a soak in a quiet, calm, warm bath.
One of life’s greatest and simplest pleasures has been around since the Stone Age – so we really should know how to do it in style by now.
With this in mind, we’ve really gone to town and researched the best ways to give yourself a good soaking, no luxury spared…
Get the Light Right
Candles go with a relaxing bath like babies go with cradles – but the key is in the preparation. You don’t want the flames to flicker out mid bath and you certainly don’t want anything extinguished by a random splash. Nothing disrupts the ‘moment’ like having to clamber out your bath in the dark. Make sure your candles are full and out of the way – perhaps a window alcove would make a good reflection chamber.
And while we’re talking flickering flames, why not kill two birds with one stone with a scented candle. Finding the fragrance that works best for you is, of course, a personal preference but for the ultimate in Bath and Body Works UK people can enjoy something traditional like cherry blossom or mahogany, or go totally off piste with pumpkin pecan waffles or wildberry jam donut!
TLC for the Body
A good bath foam or bath oil will give help hydrate and soften your skin from head to toe. If you’re using fragranced oils make sure they don’t clash or overpower any scented candles – you can go odourless if you prefer. The key is in the mineral make-up – some can rejuvenate, some can detoxify – and lavender is still a classic for relaxation.
Whilst it may be tempting to run the deepest, hottest bath you can and dive straight in, it’s actually wise to take a quick shower first. The reason is simple: by showering you wash away the worst of any surface dirt, oils and dust that otherwise would join you in the bath. When you think about it, it’s perfectly logical – and if you dare to make it a cold shower to open up those pores, then that’s all the better.
While some may prefer to lay back in silence, others may want to indulge their favourite playlists. Spotify has ‘ready to go’ playlists for bath time if you don’t have time to make them yourself – and isn’t it amazing how good music sounds when you really sit back, close your eyes and listen.
Moisturise to Finish
Remember to get your favourite moisturiser ready for when the bath is over. Your skin will have lost its natural oils during the bathing process, so it’s the best time to apply a friendly body lotion to lock in the hydration and reduce the possibility of irritation.
Hopefully these tips will go some way to helping you unwind more on your next bath night – so here’s to peace, calm, quiet and feeling good!