How to take a relaxing bath this International Bath Day
After a busy day, a long, hot soak in the bath melts away all of our stress and frustration. It is one of the easiest self-love to indulge yourself in.
The International Bath Day falls on 14 June, which marks the day for you to relax and bask in life’s simple joys. But how do you take a relaxing bath?
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1. Light some scented candles
The warm light from the candles helps set the mood for relaxation. The effect may be further enhanced with your favourite scent. Use unscented candles instead if you’re using essential oils in your bath.
Aromascape 2-Wick Scented Jar Candle, Linen & Palm, 19-Ounce, S$24.41
Aroma Naturals Essential Oil Scented Pillar Candle, 2.5 x 4 inch, S$17.15 (was S$18.43)
Orange and Lemongrass
Stonebriar 300 Pack Unscented Tea Light Candles, S$44.45 (was S$50.66)
6-7 Hour Extended Burn Time
2. Use essential oils
Aromatherapy has gained prominence over the years, improving psychological well-being and physical health. Some of the popular essential oils to use for relaxing include lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Now Foods Let There Be Peace and Quiet Relaxing Essential Oils Kit Bottles, 10 ml each, (Pack of 4), S$27.45 (was $31.90)
Floral Essential Oils Set for Diffuser, Massage, Home Care, Candles Making, S$19.99
Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, White Tea, Gardenia Essential Oils
MAYJAMEssential Oils Set with Gift Box for Diffusers & Massages, S$39
24 Single Essential Oils and 4 Roller-On Essential Oil Blends
3. Add bath salts
Epsom salts and sea salts not only work as good exfoliators to eliminate dead skin, but they also help relieve stress, aches and pains. Rejuvenate your body with bath salts that contain essential oils.
Soulflower Lavender Bath Salt, Body & Foot Spa, Muscle Pain Relief, 500g, S$27.20 (was S$32)
With 100% Pure, Natural Aroma, Dead Sea Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Olive Oil & Vitamin E
TABINO YADO Hot Springs ''Milky'' Bath Salts Assortment Pack From Kracie, 13 x 25g Packets, S$22.75 (was $29.99)
Natural Health International Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, 1Kg, S$35.64
Bath Salts For Hydration, Detox And Relaxation Bathing
4. Apply a face mask
As you relax in the bath, put on a hydrating, soothing or purifying face mask. Since you’re going to spend time in the bath already, why not make full use of it?
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, 6s, S$76.27
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, 75ml, S$31 (was S$39)
[Rovectin] Dr. Mask CICA, 5s, S$24.90
Soothing and Hydrating Facial Mask Sheet with Calamine and Madecassoside
5. Read a book or meditate
If face masks are not your cup of tea, you can pick up a book or magazine. Meditating in the bath is also a good time to practise mindfulness.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, S$12.58
Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday, S$22.58
Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently, S$30.33
6. Don’t forget to moisturise
Soaking in a hot tub can dehydrate your skin, which is also a reason why the Japanese drink milk after an onsen. Apart from replenishing your liquids, slap on some body lotion to keep your skin moisturised.
Nivea Body Care Unisex Lotion Intensive Moisture Body Milk 400ml, S$6.90 (was S$9.95)
Body Moisturiser / Hand Cream / Superfood Avocado / Smooth Skin
Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, Original Scent, 500ml, S$18.75 (was S$25)
Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion, 354ml, S$17.71 (was S$24.90)
For those who do not have the luxury of having a bathtub at home, you can still create a spa-like experience with a relaxing body wash and Turkish cotton towels.
QUE ORIGIN Shower.Bath with Lavender Essential Oil (Body Wash) 730ml, S$14.80
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