For some peace and quiet away from your busy life, baths are ideal for relaxing and unwinding. With the right environment and products, you can really treat yourself to an at-home spa within the comfort of your own bathroom. Begin a relaxing bath-time routine with these top tips from Westlab, helping you to detoxify and de-stress.
Begin by creating a calm environment
For the first step, you should focus on your environment. If your bathroom is cluttered with beauty products, toiletries and children’s bath toys, you’re less likely to enjoy what is meant to be a peaceful and relaxing 20 – 30 minutes of your day. To create a calm environment, start by decluttering your space, ensuring your tub is clean and follow by adding some candles and dimming the lights. Bath boards are a great accessory to make sure you have everything you need to hand while you’re in the bath.
Give yourself less things to worry about by laying out all your products in preparation, along with a towel and robe so you don’t ruin your relaxing experience having to dash out the bathroom hoping nobody bumps into you!
Choose your bath products wisely
The products you choose for your bath can make a huge difference to your experience. You should pick products based on what you want to achieve from your bath. If you’re looking for post-workout recovery, a simple choice of Epsom bath salts are ideal, helping to ease tension in your muscles and to help prevent DOMS the following day.
Alternatively, If you would like something more luxurious to add to your bath, products infused with lavender, jasmine and magnesium are perfect for helping you relax whilst contributing to a peaceful night’s sleep. These ingredients can be found in both bath salts and bath soaks, so you can choose how you would like to introduce these into your bath routine.
For those with skin concerns, particularly if your skin is prone to irritation, eczema, or psoriasis, Dead Sea Salt is well known for soothing and nourishing the skin while being gentle. Similarly, Himalayan Salt offers incredible cleansing properties, leaving skin feeling smooth, nourished and radiant.
Make sure the temperature is right
Although this can come down to preference, when running a bath to ease feelings of stress and to improve your mental wellbeing, you should aim for a temperature between 37°C and 40°C. This is because the body works best when it is at its natural temperature of around 37°C. Anything above 40°C could begin to put your body under stress, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve from your relaxing bath routine. If your bath water is colder than the body’s natural temperature, the body may respond by trying to maintain its temperature. This would restrict you from feeling the benefits of your products, like the muscle relaxation Epsom bath salts offer.
How a bath can boost your wellbeing
Yes, baths are a great way to relax, unwind and de-stress, but many people overlook the benefits they can offer your mental wellbeing. Increasing the warmth of a bath to 40°C has been shown in studies to improve sleep cycles in people who opt to take a bath 1-2 hours before bed*. This is thought to improve quality of sleep and therefore your overall mental wellbeing.