I started taking baths after being a little too overzealous with my workout routine (talking to you, Orangetheory Fitness). As I wore my poor body down, soaking in Epsom salt was a great way for me to unwind and give my muscles some love. The more I soaked, the more I started to really enjoy my time in the tub. Now, I want to share my experience along with the products I have used if you want to add tub time to your routine.
I mean there really isn’t much you can do if you are stuck in the bathtub, other than just letting go. If you are the type that can’t sit around, just twiddling your thumbs, playing with your rubber ducky, then don’t fret. You don’t have to. There are tons of things to do in the tub!
Taking baths versus showers provided me the opportunity to do things I don’t usually make enough time.
I listen to music. Maybe read a book. Ohh and what about watching an Amazon or Netflix series. Or maybe just being brain-dead with a cup of tea is doing enough. The key, of course, is to relax and unwind.
I like to kick my bath time experience up a notch with the special effects. Okay, maybe they aren’t that special, but they sure do make me feel special. I dim the light in the bathroom, light a candle with a pleasant, light scent and roll my towel into a nice neck pillow. These little adjustments make my bath feel so luxurious and really sets my mind at ease.
Body and Skin Care
Taking baths has become an excellent time for me to focus on taking care of my skin while my muscles are loosening up from the day’s tension.
When the temperature outside drops, I usually don’t put in the extra effort needed to combat all the skin drying elements that come with the winter months. So it becomes very clear, very soon that I was doing a HORRIBLE job at taking care of my skin. The customary layers of winter clothing make it super easy to neglect your skin (and not shave). Just think of that common saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” Eek!
But, my routine below always brings back life and much-needed moisture to my skin.
The Bath Time Routine
My routine started with only Epsom salt, but now I have some new players that help with the skin care needs discussed above. Here’s how it all comes together…
- I love, love to use both Epsom salt and bath milk when I soak in the tub.
- After soaking for a few minutes, I carve out time to exfoliate with a sugar scrub filled with essential oils.
- Then, I put on a face mask and let it do its thing for the entirety of my bath. Usually, I wouldn’t sit still long enough to do any of this outside of my bath nights, so I consider it a win-win.
- Immediately after exiting the tub and pat drying, I apply a soothing and fragrant moisturizer. And, as you may have guessed, my skin is looking and feeling great.
No bubble bath you wonder? Unfortunately, bubble baths are counterproductive for me as I have dry skin and the cleaning agents leaving me itching after a while. But I do like to throw in some rose petals to add color to the mix.
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