At the end of the day, a 15-minute bath every night before bed not only relaxes my mind but my overworked muscles, too. It is a chance to escape to another world. To relax. To soak away the worries of the day. Every woman deserves the healing waters of a luxuriating bath. B-u-b-b-l-e-s spells luxury, and here are 5 tips to create a magical bath:
- Jo Malone bath oils are favorites of many of my girlfriends. Mor Persian Peach Bath Foam is my bath product du jour. Epsom salts is a time-tested recipe for relieving aching muscles. Or make your own bath oils. Feeling playful, add Mr. Bubbles and a rubber ducky. Any product containing lavender induces a calming effect.
- Select some of your fave musical pieces. Keep a few CDs and a battery operated CD player in the bathroom. Some baths are best in silence, it is true, but the right music makes the best better. Like the bath itself, I prefer tunes that are relaxing (It's Time by Michael Buble). Music that takes me on sensory journeys to far off lands are even better, for bathtime is a perfect time to let your mind wander.
- Since a bath is a sensory experience, light perfumed soy candles and pour yourself a glass of Pellegrino with a lemon and lower the lights. Use a bath pillow or small rolled-up towel for comfort.
- If your goal is to relax, 100 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature that has been shown to relax muscles and the temperature at which your brain stimulates calming chemicals.
- Spend a majority of the bathtime relaxing, but leave time to whisk away dead cells. Working with a body brush, start from the toes, polishing the skin on the body. After getting out of the tub while you are still damp, slather on your favorite scented moisturizing cream.