A recent survey revealed that only 4% of Brits bathe regularly, but we happen to think it’s because they just haven’t found the right bathing companion. Yes, showers might be more efficient if we’re talking about getting clean, but a bath is about so much more than that.
It’s about saying ‘I deserve a treat’ and taking yourself ‘off the grid’ for the best part of an hour. After all, you can’t come to the door, the phone, or do anything else when your chest deep in sweet-smelling bubbly water. Baths are about pampering, but they can also serve a purpose to and be beautifying too.
Here are some of the best bathtime treats…
Baths are often criticised for not getting you as clean as a shower, but lather up a sea sponge with some AESOP Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, £17, and you’re going to get squeaky clean. Crucially this cleanser contains geranium, bergamot and mandarin, which are all known to naturally disinfect the skin while having antiseptic properties too. So if you like to go for it in the gym and want your shower to wash away all that dirt, sweat and grime, then this is the one for you.
In winter the battling forces of cold temperatures and central heating can render your regular body moisturisers completely ineffective. It’s a good time to bolster your regime with something like the Ameliorate Softening Bathing Powder, £19.50. These powders contain colloidal oats and sweet almond milk to, among other things, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier so it’s less susceptible to drying out in the heat/cold.
Let’s face it, we all know we should stretch after a workout, but sometimes you’ve given your all at bootcamp and all you have left is being able to lie down. This is when it pays to have a full kilogram of Dr Teals Pre & Post Workout Soaking Salt Solution, £8, in your bathroom. Grab a handful, throw it into the water, soak for 20 minutes and you’re done. Okay, it won’t be anywhere near as a good as a stretch, but the mix of magnesium, menthol and Epsom Salts is proven to soothe tired muscles, help draw out impurities and keep skin hydrated. Just don’t be too heavy-handed, this bag should last you a good while…
Bathtime can be an indulgence, but it can also be a comfort. Never more so than with the Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, £43, which offers a grown-up, sophisticated version of those fragrances and scents that we so associate with childhood bathing. This milky bath not only feels like being cocooned in love it also contains milk proteins, vitamins, amino acids and plant collagen to feed and nourish skin.
It’s up to you whether you want to pursue the Iron Throne or not, but you will feel like the Mother of Dragon’s if you let the LUSH Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb, £3.95, loose in your bathtub. This is a zingy piece of magic with bergamot and lemon oils, but there’s also a smidge of popping candy in there to add more than just skin softening and uplifting scents. As the bomb fizzies away it shoots yellow ‘fire’ from its core – so this is as much about relaxing as it is about a little bathtime entertainment.
Sometimes a bath is about the warmth, comfort and pretending like you’re Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman in a bath full of bubbles. Bramley Bubble Bath, £12, not only has a classic, natural scent it also produces a rich lather, that doesn’t disappear within minutes of getting comfortable, and it actually soothes rather than strips skin during a soak. Made in the British countryside, the combination of geranium, lavender and sweet orange essential oils help to create the most relaxing of bathing experiences.