Who doesn’t want to luxuriate for hours in a freestanding bath, with their favourite book in their hands whilst listening to soothing music, with a glass of wine nearby? Spending time in the bath is something that many of us look forward to at the end of a long and taxing day, and you might as well pamper yourself as much as you can when you have time for it. But how can you make sure that you have the best bath experience ever? Here are some top tips to remember.
Set the mood
The mood and ambience of your bathroom makes all the difference if you really want to have the best bath experience ever. First things first: set the lighting. No overhead lights, if you please. Not only will overhead lighting make you feel sharp and alert (which is not the point if you want to take a relaxing bath), it also tends to highlight less-than-pleasant aspects such as your toothbrush holders, that mass of towels in the corner, and so on. If you don’t have spotlights or corner lights in your bathroom, you can always just keep the overhead light off and light a few candles instead.
Music is another great way to set the mood for a relaxing bath. Choose some soothing music – the classical kind works best, although some ‘natural’ sounds such as jungle or ocean sounds work well, too. Don’t forget the accoutrements as well – whether you like a glass of wine or two with your bath or are fond of reading a magazine or book.
The little things matter
For a truly relaxing bath, why not add some Epsom salts to the bath water, or some aromatherapy essential oils? The Epsom salts can make your limbs soften like jelly, whilst the scent of the aromatherapy oils can help you feel less anxious and more relaxed. Lavender is a great essential oil, and a few drops in your bath can help you sleep better. Coconut oil is great for moisturising the skin, and it smells wonderful, too.
The after-bath ritual
You know what can make your bath experience a truly unforgettable one? Aside from having your bath in a beautiful freestanding bath, there’s one trick that not many people know about, although it’s been proven effective time and time again. After relaxing in your bath, you’re understandably sleepy and in a dozy mood. But you’ve probably sweated a lot in your bath, especially if the water is hot. This is where an after-bath shower is highly-recommended. Don’t worry, it won’t make you feel less sleepy – in fact, it contributes to an even better sleep. So after your bath, go under the shower and rinse off the oil from your body and shampoo your hair – this will help make you feel clean, refreshed, and even more relaxed.
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