As the air grows crisp, wintertime brings unwanted gifts of muscle pain, lower immunity, and increased fatigue. Our golden-bronzed summer glow is merely an echo fading away, leaving us with dehydrated, worn skin.
Although you are experiencing the depressing side effects of vitamin D withdrawal, one way for rehabilitation is by soaking in a relaxing, hot bath. A soak in the tub is no longer about leisure, as it is a survival tactic during these frosty months. Baths can be very relaxing and therapeutic; they’re a luxurious way to revitalize parched, wearied winter skin.
5 Tips to Achieve the Perfect Bath →
Create a stress-free environment
Declutter your tub’s surface, leaving only what you will need while soaking. This helps clear the mind of unneeded tasks and creates an open environment for you to relax in. Your bathroom should resemble a spa-like oasis; a place of retreat after a stressful day.
To obtain a calm and relaxing environment, scents and essential oils play a key role in the expression of tranquility. Lavender essential oils are often used in aromatherapy because it helps relieve stress, anxiety, muscle pains and insomnia. Add scented candles around your tub, or near the ledge so that the aroma fills the air with a relaxing fragrance. A great way to disperse fragrances is by using an aromatherapy diffuser, where you can add your choice of essential oils.
Bath Soaks & Scrubs
The goal right now is to soften and soothe. Before getting in the bath, stand in the shower and dry scrub your body, whether that be with a salt or coffee scrub. The scrub will help relieve dryness and soften your skin, preparing it for the hot soak.
What you put in the water while your pores are open makes all the difference. Add a bath milk or tea to the water for additional soothing properties. Bath bombs and soaks are loaded with essential oils and butters. This helps smooth skin’s pigment, hydrate cells and replenish moisture. Bath milk’s contain lactic acid, which helps loosen the bonds that hold old, dead cells to the surface of the skin. After soaking in the water for 20 minutes your skin will feel softer, look brighter and smell amazing head to toe.
You want to ensure the water temperature is hot enough to last the duration of your soak. The ideal temperature is 92º Fahrenheit, but seeing as you won’t be running for your thermometer there’s an alternative to this. Our first instinct when testing the water is to dip our finger tips in, but this method does not accurately test the temperature of the water. Instead, dip your whole hand in all the way up to your wrist. Your wrist will be a better determiner of if the water temperature is too hot.
Whether you’re pouring yourself a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon, a cold glass of crisp, sparkling chardonnay, or a steaming cup of calm chamomile herbal tea, pour yourself a drink to help unwind during your alone time. If you can’t sit in one spot for too long, a drink addition to your bath helps to ease this anxiety and take your mind off of what might possibly have been the ‘world’s longest day.’
Post-Soak Body Butter
A nutrient dense body creme is the perfect way to solidify your bath. After soaking in water that is packed full of soothing and softening properties, you want to ensure that your newly softened skin remains supple by putting on a thick lotion or butter.
Our skin drinks in everything we put on it, so you want to slather on a creme that is full of vitamins that will help protect the skin and lock in moisture. Also, taking the time to massage a heavier creme into your body after soaking helps prolong the tranquility and spa-like feeling of your perfect bath.