There’s no denying that the concept of self-care can (ironically) seem overused in today’s social media culture. It can be easy to feel the pressure to improve your morning routine or self-care rituals to the point that they’re just one more thing to add to your already busy schedule. I need to remember that there is no need to wake up at 5 a.m. to run 10 miles before work or make an extensive list of daily intentions to make a huge difference to my mental and physical wellbeing. Sometimes self-care is as easy as learning to take a relaxing bath and feeling like a spa.
When I feel stressed or exhausted instead of adding another commitment or setting unrealistic goals for myself, I find that it is better for me to take a step back and take time to do things of those i know they fill my cup. Often times, the quickest way to move forward is to accept that we need to slow down first.
The next time you’re feeling stressed or overworked, turn off your phone, pour a tasty drink, and reap the restorative benefits of a simple bubble bath. A 20 minute soak is usually exactly what the doctor ordered, and we’ve put all the essentials together to create the ultimate home spa experience. Done, ready, happy.
1 of 7Step 1. Clean up and clean up
It is difficult to relieve anxiety and stress in the bathroom while knowing that dirt and clutter surround you. Before you start preparing your bath, take a few minutes to straighten up, clean the tub, wipe the countertops, clean up clutter, shake out the bath mat, and quickly sweep the floor. Having Marie Kondo go to my bathroom first and foremost is making sure it is delivering all of the zen vibes I need. Tip: When I take a bath at the end of the day, I shower quickly after cleaning the bathroom so that I can enjoy a perfectly fresh bath all the time.
Step 2. Get organized
Once in the bathroom, the last thing you want to do is get out of the car right away to pick up something you forgot. We recommend getting a nice bathtub caddy or tray that runs the width of your bathtub and keeps all essentials close by. You can set everything up on the tablet before you even start running water. So when you get in, you can go straight to relaxation mode. Shop our favorite bathtubs here and here.
2 of 7Step 3. Determine the type of bath you need and get the basics
When I discovered that there were different ways to make the perfect bath for different moods, aches and pains, to just how dry my skin felt, I decided it was time for some serious product improvement. I’ve listed my top three types of baths below, including all of the products you need to create the ultimate experience.
For a bright and uplifting bathroom:
There is nothing better than taking a little more time in the morning to take an energizing bath. After tidying up the tub and bathroom, I’ll grab a cute mug, make a hot and frothy caffeinated drink, light a citrus candle, and put on one of my favorite motivational podcasts. Then I put on a lightening sheet mask and start the tub. Once the water is the perfect temperature, scoop out a cup of these bath salts and squeeze a fresh and clean smelling bubble bath into the jet of water and hop in. I love knowing that I’m drinking my coffee, detoxifying and softening my skin as I absorb new insights from my podcast that keep me motivated to tackle the day.
Additional tip: add a few drops of lemongrass, citrus, and / or grapefruit essential oils to the bath water or a nearby diffuser. These special essential oils have an energizing, uplifting effect and, in combination with the Goop bath salts, smell amazingly good.
3 of 7For a calm and relaxing bath:
There are few experiences that compare to a relaxing bath after a long, stressful day. Before I start that bath, I like to pour a glass of red wine, turn off my phone, and grab my computer for a relaxing playlist or my current Netflix obsession. We have all kinds of playlists on our Spotify channel, but the Chill Out and Sleepy Time playlists are my favorites to unwind. Before jumping into the bathroom, scoop out a cup of these bath salts and add your favorite bubble bath to the water. When your skin needs an extra boost of moisture, add that coconut milk (or restorative flower bath milk) to your running water as well. Since coconut is one of the best ingredients for moisturizing and softening the skin, I almost always add it to my bath. Its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antifungal properties are just another cherry on the cake.
Next, put on a cleansing or moisturizing sheet mask, surround the tub with burning candles, and dim the lights for the perfect spa-like ambience. Here and here you will find our favorite candles that emit relaxing smells. If you want to add extra essential oils to your bath salts or add them to your diffuser – lavender, rose, vetiver, chamomile or sandalwood oils will help calm and calm your mind after a long day.
4 of 7For a healing and soothing bath:
If you are feeling out under the weather or have super sore muscles after a hard workout, this is the bath for you. Mix up one of our favorite detox drinks or make a hot herbal tea to sip while in the tub. Turn off the lights, light some relaxing candles, and turn on the water as hot as possible. Add a few scoops of Epsom salt, which is great for relieving sore muscles and relieving tension. The magnesium sulfate in Epsom salts quickly penetrates through the skin into swollen, sore joints to relieve pain and inflammation.
If you’re battling headache or cold / flu symptoms, add freshly grated or ground ginger to your tea or bath water. The ginger can help release toxins and cold and flu pain through sweat, as well as clearing the congestion of the chest and nose. Note: Ginger can cause sensitive skin to react. So test it on your skin first before putting it straight into the bath. I love adding these bath salts for detox and these for sore muscles. This sheet mask adds an extra touch of antioxidants and leaves the skin feeling revitalized. If you’d rather do a clay or mud mask, we’ve linked our favorites here and here.
5 of 7Step 4. Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
After soaking for a good 15 to 20 minutes (or if you’re like me, until the water in the tub is cold), I like to put on a pair of bathing gloves and treat myself to a good, vigorous scrub with a scrub. Here, here and here you will find our favorite scrubs. You won’t believe how soft and supple your skin will feel afterwards. The salts and oils soften and detoxify the skin, and the scrub washes the toxins out of your body and down the drain.
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Step 5. Slather on the moisturizers
Hot water can extract all natural oils from your skin, leaving you feeling shriveled and circumcised. You need a heavy-duty body oil and facial moisturizer to lock in the moisture remaining in your skin and replenish your moist glow. After you’ve washed off the body scrub and any remaining stickiness, drain the tub, blot yourself with a white, fluffy towel, and apply the moisturizer. As you prepare for a productive day after your bath, lather up one of our favorite day moisturizers. When you’re right into your blissful beauty sleep, apply one of our favorite nighttime moisturizers. Finally rub in some body oil. Shop our favorites here, here and here. The body oil combination after the peeling is heavenly and makes your skin buttery soft and you feel refreshed like never before.
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Step 6. Make yourself comfortable
To reap all of the restorative beauty benefits of my post-bath and post-bath skin care regimen, I like to donn one of my favorite robes and laze around in my light and airy bedroom while I wait for the oils to dry and sink into my skin. Since the hot bath water can dry out both your body and your skin (especially if you sipped a vino throughout your bath), be sure to have a large glass of cold water shortly after you step out of the tub. For an extra detox and hydration boost, I squeeze lemon and pink sea salt into my water. Read more about natural ways to recharge your water here.
This post was originally published on January 22, 2019 and has been updated since then.