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After a hectic week, there’s nothing like taking a long, relaxing bath in place of your usual quick shower. And if you’re taking the time to treat yourself, you should pull out all the stops. But, think about it—do you really know how to take a bath? That is, the most relaxing, best bath ever? We all deserve some quality time to wind down (after all, self-care is trending for a reason!), and making sure your bath is as spa-like of an experience as possible will do just that. In other words: When it comes to taking a bath, there are some serious upgrades to make. Consider this your guide to getting the most out of bath time, with the help of face masks, hair masks, and more.
Ready to relearn the basics? We’re teaching you how the bathe the right way with four bath time upgrades.
You should treat yourself before you even step foot in the bathtub. While the water’s filling up, start with a face mask. First, use a mild facial cleanser to wash your face, then apply the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, which is perfect for waking up dull and tired skin, as well as detoxifying pores. Masking while you bathe is the perfect way to treat your complexion while the rest of your body soaks. Speaking of masking, there’s no reason not to treat your tresses, too! This is also the perfect time to get your bath ambiance all set up. Light some candles, turn on a soothing playlist, and get yourself in the mindset for peak relaxation.
Soaking up bubbles is your time to relax, and there are a lot of different ways to make your bath therapeutic. First, the aroma. Use a scented bath product to take your bath to the next level. As far as the products go, there’s no limit to the options out there. From bath bombs to bubble bars to bath oils, each of which is available in a myriad of shapes, smells, and sizes, there’s sure to be something out there that suits your bath time needs. Whether you want to try a cute holiday-themed shape or a bath bomb that makes your tub look like the ocean, you’ll be sure to have almost as much fun creating your perfect bath as you will relaxing in it.
For some people, laying in a tub doing nothing can actually be more stressful than not. If that’s the case for you and you'd prefer to find a way to be productive while relaxing, either find a book—a summer beach read or guilty pleasure, of course—to read or listen to your favorite podcast.
There’s no better time to pamper every inch of your skin than when you’re in the tub. That means shaving your legs, doing a body scrub, or even using a scalp scrub while in the bath. Like we said before, if you’re taking the time to take care of yourself, go all out. You know you deserve it!
If you’re a shower girl through and through, you may be questioning the idea of taking a bath altogether. A common question is where you get clean in the bath. It’s an important question, and the answer is a mixed one, mostly depending on how clean your bathtub and your skin are to begin with. Soaking in a dirty bathtub is never the best idea, and the same holds true if you’ve just come from a super sweaty workout. In these situations, a shower might be your best bet if you’re looking to get squeaky clean. If you really want to take a bath (which we totally understand), then rinse off for a quick few seconds before filling up your tub. Additionally, keeping your shower and bath clean is always important, since bathing in a dirty environment is inherently counter-productive.
Again, the answer really depends on how dirty you were to begin with and how sensitive your skin is. If your tub is clean and you aren’t particularly dirty, then you don’t necessarily need to shower off after your bath. On the other hand, if you entered the tub sweaty and grimy, then you'll be more likely to need a shower afterward. One other thing to consider when deciding if you need to shower after your bath is the products you used. If you have sensitive skin, it may be essential to rinse off anything that could be lingering on your skin. The bottom line: There isn’t much of a downside to taking a post-bath shower. To complete your bathing routine, finish washing your hair while showering and once you’re completely clean, it’s time to moisturize. Apply lotion directly onto wet skin, then pat dry. Wet skin will lock in more moisture, which is why this is one of our favorite tips!
Editor’s tip: Once you’re out of the shower, it’s a prime time to moisturize your face, too! Apply an overnight mask or night cream, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask or the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm, to end your night on the right note.
After getting out of your shower or tub, wrap yourself up in a fluffy robe while you comb your hair and finish your skin care routine. Leave your candles burning and the soothing music on—it’ll feel just like a day at the spa.
Now, if next time you’d prefer to take your shower to the next level, consider a eucalyptus shower. Get all the deets in our article on The Aromatherapy Benefit of Eucalyptus.