There’s no doubt that a relaxing bath is an indulgent way to get clean skin but a relaxing bath can also have myriad added benefits too. From easing a racing mind at the end of a long day to soothing sore post-spin class muscles, get bespoke with your bathing essentials and you’ll be reaping the rewards long after tub time…
Best for… Alleviating Sore Muscles
If you plan to hit the gym in earnest in the new year then you’ll need to stock up on a bath-time treat for after your workouts. Look out for products containing magnesium which helps to replenish supplies post-exercise and also ease muscle tension; we love a handful of Ren’s Magnesium Booster Bath Salts or a generous dollop of Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak which contains Epsom salts and citrus extracts alongside magnesium to soothe stiffness.
Best for… Instilling A Sense Of Balance
A hectic festive season can leave us all feeling overwhelmed come January, but happily one of the easiest ways to invoke a feeling of balance is to run a bath. Go one step better and lace the water with vetiver and sandalwood essential oils – both well known for their grounding abilities – and you should emerge from a 20-minute soak feeling far more revived. To create an interesting veil of scent try layering fragrances and combine the aromatic light and scent of Malin + Goetz’s Vetiver Candle with a good glug of Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil. Containing a heady blend of vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile it’s a quick routine to relaxation. As essential oils are potent and highly concentrated, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should seek advice from a health professional before using.
Best for… Getting To Sleep
While it may be no surprise to learn that lavender is key in encouraging better sleep, a recent study found that oil blends containing lavender, as opposed to single note oils, are more effective is ushering in superior snooze. We love This Works’ Deep Sleep Bath Soak, which contains a blend of French lavender, chamomile and vetivert to help promote better sleep.
Best for… Soothing A Cold
As if January weren’t gloomy enough, it’s often the time you’re struck down with a cold. A long, relaxing bath will not only warm up shivering skin, the right product will also help ease congestion and clear your sinuses; reach for anything containing eucalyptus which is an expectorant and helps to break up mucus. We love a big drizzle of Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Body Wash under running water.