Lounging in a warm water-filled tub is a ritual we generally reserve for the winter months. It heats us up and calms and relaxes our bodies and minds too. But a summertime bath can be just as restoring. Unfortunately, with our over-stressed lifestyles baths have become five-minute soak and soap routines (between fifteen and twenty is ideal, say our experts). And, while you’ve got an extra day to indulge during the bank holiday weekend, now’s the perfect time to try these expert-approved tips to create your perfect summertime bath…
Use Lukewarm Water
“Taking a bath on a balmy summer day can seem like the last thing you need,” says David Delport, Head of Education at Ren. “However, using tepid to cool water is a great way to lower your core temperature and can be just as relaxing as a warm bath.” Cool water also helps you sleep better. “It relaxes your nervous system more than a very hot bath,” says Delport. If you’re not shy of frosty water try a cold bath in the morning. “It’s great for resetting the nervous system and helps to energise you for the day but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.”
Choose An Uplifting Scent
Forget heady, indulgent bath and body oils. “You want invigorating and activating ingredients in your summer bath instead,” says bath and body expert Susanne Kaufmann. She recommends opting for essential oils of lemongrass, cypress, or grapefruit which all work to rejuvenate a tired body and mind that’s overrun with juggling work, friends and summer holiday play dates. “St. John’s Wort is also known for being mood lifting” – you can find it in Susanne Kaufmann St. John’s Wort Bath.
Keep Skin Hydrated
The summer elements can dry out your skin and the bath is the perfect place to add moisture back in. “Ren’s Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil is ultra-hydrating and anti-inflammatory too, which is super important in hot weather,” says Delport. Herbivore’s Coconut Milk Bath Soak also helps to soothe inflammation and will help relieve sun-stressed skin too.
Set The Scene in Your Bathroom
Whether you prefer to soak in silence or listen to your favourite podcast is up to you. Baths are supremely subjective but there are still a few tricks that can help everyone get the most out of their bathing experience. “Start by removing all disruptive factors from the bathroom,” says Kaufmann. “Then create a relaxing, on-holiday feeling. Listen to your holiday playlist, read your favourite book, surround yourself with your favourite scent, and if possible, open the window.” Try Malin + Goetz Mojito Candle for a lime and rum-inspired tropical holiday ambiance.