Taking 20-30 minutes to soak in a bath could be the best thing you do for your mind, body and mood all week. It’s necessary to designate some quiet time to yourself as often as possible, to destress and detoxify. A bath is an easy and luxurious way to treat yourself to some well-deserved solitude, especially when you add in some extra goodies to make it like your own personal spa.
- Set the mood. Start by lighting a couple of your favorite candles and gather all your bathing essentials in one spot. Make sure your towel and robe are nearby and start running your bath.
- Make sure the temperature is right. It all comes down to preference, but the ideal temperature for your bath is between 32c & 40c, just above the average body temperature. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get a thermometer to measure the temperature, simply hold your wrist, not your hand, in the water. If it feels comfortable to you, you’re at the right temperature. I personally like the water to sting just a little when I first get in, so it stays nice and warm for longer.
- Supplement your soak. Depending on your needs, add in a few supplements to your bath. I like to add a couple drops of essential oils if I’m not using any other scented products. Oils can be great for skin needs and can help you sleep or feel energized, depending on the type you select. And of course, if my skin needs a little extra hydration, I add a bath bomb with coconut oil to help hydrate your skin.
- Don’t forget a drink. It’s super important to stay hydrated since your body will be prone to sweating out toxins. I always drink an entire glass of water while I’m in the bath. That being said, I also keep a little mood setting drink nearby. If I’m really trying to detox, then I’ll drink tea, but if it’s the weekend, sometimes I might enjoy a glass of wine for an extra treat.
- The right read. Whatever you do, stay unplugged. Instead of using your phone, grab your favorite book or magazine and relax.
- Mask yourself. Once a week, I use my bath time as an opportunity to add in a beauty treatment. I either do a face mask or a hair mask that can stay on for more than 30 minutes — this is usually a hydrating treatment.
- End on a good note. Make sure you take that relaxation with you when you leave the bathroom. Lather yourself up with a great moisturizer after getting out of the bath and wrap up in a cozy robe.