Feeling anxious, stressed or stuck? It can seem impossible to get yourself out of an unpleasant headspace, but we’ve all been there - and we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. In this short series, we’ll explore a few self-care life hacks you can use when you’re feeling the need to unwind.
At the end of a long week, sometimes self-care means pushing the boat out a little more than you usually would. For a full body relaxing experience that soothes the mind and the muscles, there’s nothing quite like a long bath. Here’s how to make the most of your me-time.
The trick to a truly relaxing bath is the atmosphere. Candles are a tried and true method to create a calming space that’s restful for your eyes. Tea candles will do the trick, but if you really want to treat yourself, splash out on some aromatherapeutic candles with a blend of essential oils known for their calming and relaxing effects.
Oil and Water
A long bath should leave you feeling relaxed, but it can also revitalise you and set you up for a weekend of fun, if you reach for the right bottle when it comes to scenting your water. Verbena extract is our go-to for a silky bubble bath that scents the skin and awakens your senses with a light, lemony fragrance. Find a bath oil that contains coconut to really nourish your skin, and don’t skimp on bubbles. Remember, this is all about pampering yourself.
A Pinch of Salt
If bubbles aren’t really your thing, you might prefer to reach for some bath salts. We’re in love with these fresh, minty and beautiful salts that mingle with lavender flowers to release a therapeutic effect that will leave you feeling sleepy and zen. Salt is fantastic for your body, because it’s so rich in potassium, leaving your muscles feeling eased and blissed out. If you’re feeling crafty, try mixing salts with a carrier oil like jojoba, to create a homemade body scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.
After soaking away the stress of the week, treat your skin to some real pampering with a generous slathering of body butter. This is where you really want to pay attention to the ingredients. Hunt for aromatic scents like ylang ylang to balance the mind and mandarine to nourish the skin. Seek out moisturising elements like beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and rosehip seed oil to help restore your skin, and keep an eye out for Omega 3, 6 and vitamin E to keep your skin soft and supple.
The best way to round out a week of self-care is with a full blown self-care experience, so get the bath running, light the candles, and create a sanctuary of relaxing scents and steam. You’ve earned it.