SELF-CARE PRACTICES TO ADD TO YOUR BATH ROUTINE
Bath and shower time shouldn’t just mean washing up and getting out. It’s a time to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. It’s easy to take a shower in 20 minutes or less and reserve baths and long showers for special occasions and self care days, but there are many things you can implement in your everyday routine to make your baths and showers more enjoyable. After a long day of work and stress, taking the time to take care of yourself is more than a treat — it’s a necessity.
Make a shower playlist.
Building a playlist of all your favorite songs to listen to when you’re in the shower or bath is the perfect ritual for any day, and it’s as easy as clicking “play.” Whether you prefer relaxing R&B or energetic rock, create your most tasteful playlist for the best experience. If you’re feeling indecisive or want to switch it up, simply look up “Shower Playlist” on Spotify and pick one — there are many to choose from.
Turn off the lights.
Whether you’re taking a bath or a shower, turn off all the lights for a more relaxing and calming experience. Light some candles and place them around the bathroom or on your shelves in the shower for a dim light. If you don’t have access to candles, use the flashlight on your phone and adjust the brightness. The dim lighting will provide a relaxing atmosphere by omitting the harshness of overhead lighting.
Add your favorite scents and flourishes.
If you’re taking a bath, toss a bath bomb and epsom salts in as the water runs, and pour in some bubble bath to enhance your spa experience. For showers, look for shower steamers, such as these to envelop your bathroom in a calming scent. If you don’t have any of these, opt for scented candles, gentle room sprays or incense.
Throw your towel in the dryer.
Before you get in, toss your favorite towel or robe in the dryer to make it warm and fluffy. When you get out, grab your towel or robe out of the dryer and wrap yourself up in warmth. The days when you step out of the shower freezing are over.
Sugar Scrubs and Body Rubs
Your skin and body deserve the best care every day, not only once a month. You only have one body, so take care of it everyday with gentle products. For baths and showers alike, find a gentle face mask that can be used daily, such as this one from Sephora. Whether or not you use a face mask daily, make sure that you wash your face every day, even if it’s only with soap and water.
Other than face masks, indulge in some yummy sugar scrubs and rubs to exfoliate and cleanse to the fullest extent. Anese offers a range of scrubs with fun names and even better smells, focusing especially on gentle areas such as the butt, breasts and bikini area. Get this set to cover all of the above and invest in your overall health and well-being.
Pour Some Wine & Lock the Door
If all else fails, turn on the shower or bath, turn off the lights and lock the door. Pour some wine if possible, or choose a drink of your choice to sip on. Some days, you may not want to extensively scrub your body, set up candles or apply face masks, and that’s okay! Allow your shower and bath time to be a luxurious and relaxing experience, not a chore. So, make sure you buy your favorite shampoos and conditioners, grab a loofah in your favorite color, and let yourself relax and refresh.