How to take a relaxing bath this International Bath Day

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Woman reclining in bathtub. (Photo: Getty)
Woman reclining in bathtub. (Photo: Getty)

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

Aromascape PT41922 2-Wick Scented Jar Candle, Linen & Palm, 19-Ounce, Blue. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Aromascape PT41922 2-Wick Scented Jar Candle, Linen & Palm, 19-Ounce, Blue. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Aroma Naturals Essential Oil Scented Pillar Candle, 2.5 x 4 inch, S$17.15 (was S$18.43)

Orange and Lemongrass

Aroma Naturals Essential Oil Scented Pillar Candle, Yellow, 2.5 x 4 inch, Orange and Lemongrass. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Aroma Naturals Essential Oil Scented Pillar Candle, Yellow, 2.5 x 4 inch, Orange and Lemongrass. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Stonebriar 300 Pack Unscented Tea Light Candles, S$44.45 (was S$50.66)

6-7 Hour Extended Burn Time

Stonebriar 300 Pack Unscented Tea Light Candles with 6-7 Hour Extended Burn Time, White, 300 Count. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Stonebriar 300 Pack Unscented Tea Light Candles with 6-7 Hour Extended Burn Time, White, 300 Count. (Photo: Amazon SG)

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)

Now Foods Let There Be Peace and Quiet Relaxing Essential Oils Kit Bottles, 40 Millilitres, (Pack of 4). (Photo: Amazon SG)
Now Foods Let There Be Peace and Quiet Relaxing Essential Oils Kit Bottles, 40 Millilitres, (Pack of 4). (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

Floral Essential Oils Set, Esslux Pure Aromatherapy Diffuser Oils, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, White Tea, Gardenia Essential Oils for Diffuser, Massage, Home Care, Candles Making. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Floral Essential Oils Set, Esslux Pure Aromatherapy Diffuser Oils, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, White Tea, Gardenia Essential Oils for Diffuser, Massage, Home Care, Candles Making. (Photo: Amazon SG)

MAYJAMEssential Oils Set with Gift Box for Diffusers & Massages, S$39

24 Single Essential Oils and 4 Roller-On Essential Oil Blends

MAYJAM 28PCS Essential Oils Set with Nice Gift Box, 24 Single Essential Oils and 4 Roller-On Essential Oil Blends for Diffusers Massage. (Photo: Amazon SG)
MAYJAM 28PCS Essential Oils Set with Nice Gift Box, 24 Single Essential Oils and 4 Roller-On Essential Oil Blends for Diffusers Massage. (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

Soulflower Lavender Bath Salt for Women & Men, Relaxing, Body & Foot Spa, Muscle Pain Relief, with 100% Pure, Natural Aroma, Dead Sea Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Olive Oil & Vitamin E, 500gm. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Soulflower Lavender Bath Salt for Women & Men, Relaxing, Body & Foot Spa, Muscle Pain Relief, with 100% Pure, Natural Aroma, Dead Sea Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Olive Oil & Vitamin E, 500gm. (Photo: Amazon SG)

TABINO YADO Hot Springs ''Milky'' Bath Salts Assortment Pack From Kracie, 13 x 25g Packets, S$22.75 (was $29.99)

TABINO YADO Hot Springs ''Milky'' Bath Salts Assortment Pack From Kracie, 13 25g Packets, 325g Total. (Photo: Amazon SG)
TABINO YADO Hot Springs ''Milky'' Bath Salts Assortment Pack From Kracie, 13 25g Packets, 325g Total. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Natural Health International Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, 1Kg, S$35.64

Bath Salts For Hydration, Detox And Relaxation Bathing

Natural Health International Original Himalayan Crystal Salt - Bath Salts For Hydration, Detox And Relaxation Bathing - 2.2Lbs (1Kg). (Photo: Amazon SG)
Natural Health International Original Himalayan Crystal Salt - Bath Salts For Hydration, Detox And Relaxation Bathing - 2.2Lbs (1Kg). (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, 6 ct.. (Photo: Amazon SG)
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, 6 ct.. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, 75ml, S$31 (was S$39)

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, 75 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, 75 ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

[Rovectin] Dr. Mask CICA, 5s, S$24.90

Soothing and Hydrating Facial Mask Sheet with Calamine and Madecassoside

[Rovectin] Dr. Mask CICA (5 ea.) - Soothing and Hydrating Facial Mask Sheet with Calamine and Madecassoside. (Photo: Amazon SG)
[Rovectin] Dr. Mask CICA (5 ea.) - Soothing and Hydrating Facial Mask Sheet with Calamine and Madecassoside. (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday, S$22.58

Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently, S$30.33

Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently. (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

Nivea Body Care Unisex Lotion Intensive Moisture Body Milk 400ml / Body Moisturiser / Hand Cream / Superfood Avocado / Smooth Skin. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Nivea Body Care Unisex Lotion Intensive Moisture Body Milk 400ml / Body Moisturiser / Hand Cream / Superfood Avocado / Smooth Skin. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, Original Scent, 500ml, S$18.75 (was S$25)

Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, Original Scent, 500ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Sukin Hydrating Body Lotion, Original Scent, 500ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion, 354ml, S$17.71 (was S$24.90)

Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion, 354ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)
Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion, 354ml. (Photo: Amazon SG)

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

Made in Korea

QUE ORIGIN Shower.Bath with Lavender Essential Oil (Body Wash) 730ml - Made in Korea. (Photo: Amazon SG)
QUE ORIGIN Shower.Bath with Lavender Essential Oil (Body Wash) 730ml - Made in Korea. (Photo: Amazon SG)

HYSSES Shower Scrub, Bergamot, Geranium, 220ml, S$28.90

HYSSES Shower Scrub, Bergamot, Geranium, 220 millilitres. (Photo: Amazon SG)
HYSSES Shower Scrub, Bergamot, Geranium, 220 millilitres. (Photo: Amazon SG)

Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton, Set of 4, S$96.60

Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton (White, Bath Towel - Set of 4). (Photo: Amazon SG)
Luxury Hotel & Spa Towel 100% Genuine Turkish Cotton (White, Bath Towel - Set of 4). (Photo: Amazon SG)
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