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After a hectic week, there’s nothing like being able to take a bath—a long, relaxing one—in place of your usual quick shower. If you have 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 you can 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 to take a bath the right way with eight bath time upgrades.
First things first, you’ll want to get your water temperature just right when you take baths. Since taking a bath in cold water can be uncomfortable, you’ll want to make sure that you fill your tub with lukewarm water for a more enjoyable experience. While hotter water will stay warm for longer as you soak your cares away, super hot H2O won’t seem quite so relaxing when it dries out your skin. Stick with a lukewarm temp, and you can always top off the tub with more water if it starts to cool down too much.
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 and detoxifying pores. Masking when you take baths 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!
While you may not be able to make it to your favorite spa, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create the perfect ambiance all on your own. Take the time to light some candles, turn on a soothing playlist, and get yourself in the mindset for peak relaxation. Make sure to place your robe and towel nearby.
Soaking in 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. From bath bombs to bubble bars and 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 scent 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.
Sore muscles the bane of your existence? If so, you may find an Epsom salt bath to be just what you need. Known to relax your muscles and ease aches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulders, this soaking solution should definitely be a fixture in your bath time routine.
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 or playlist.
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 when you take baths. Like we said before, if you’re taking the time to take care of yourself, go all out. You know you deserve it!
Editor’s tip: Want to take your body routine to the next level? Add some exfoliation into the mix with the help of exfoliating gloves. Gently rub your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
Nothing screams relaxation like a glass of wine. The true epitome of a wine-down, enjoying a glass or two while you take a bath is never a bad idea. Not to mention, you can find the perfect wine to pair with your face mask to upgrade your bath session even further. Here are 7 Wine and Face Mask Pairings for a Self-Care Night to get you started.
If you’re a shower girl through and through, you may be questioning the idea of taking a bath altogether. A common question is, will you get clean in the bath? It’s an important question, and the answer depends on how clean your bathtub and your skin are to begin with. Soaking in a dirty bathtub is the ultimate no-no, 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), 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 tub is inherently counter-productive.
If your tub is clean and you aren’t particularly dirty, then you don’t necessarily need to shower off after you take a bath. On the other hand, if you entered the tub sweaty and grimy, then you’ll need a shower afterward. Another 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. Damp 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 Anti-Aging 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 details in our article on The Aromatherapy Benefit of Eucalyptus.
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