To bath or to shower? I am unashamedly in favour of the bath and would take several a day if I could spare the time. In my busy household, it's a sacred place where I can actually lock the door and demand privacy! So once the world is outside (and yes they do still come knocking), it's a place of tranquility, quiet, calm and relaxation. Always with aromatherapy oils and often with candles lit, I like to scoop up some of the bath oils into my palms and take a few deep breathes. Inhaling whichever carefully chosen oil I'm using, I can almost feel them hitting the limbic system in the brain affecting mood and performance for the day ahead.
I love that bath time is a time to reconnect and attend to all the body parts that are usually ignored throughout our busy days. A quick scrub will remove dead skin making you feel instantly buffed and invigorated. Then depending on time of day, I'll either apply a lovely body oil onto damp skin for a quick absorption or with more time on my hands I'll use an all over body moisturiser which needs longer to soak in. Gone are my days of regular tanning so if I need a glow boost these days it needs to be easy, fuss free and ideally have added benefits too. Thanks to Hyglo (below), this simple addition means a quick easy glow can be achieved with none of that awful tackiness! This edit here features my reliable and consistently repurchased bath and body favourites.
Bath & Shower Oil
A cap full of this in the bath (or patted on your chest area in a shower) gives mum-hug level support in challenging times. I cannot rate this highly enough.
Transforming Body Lotion
Any brand using the word 'transforming in a product name has got to have the evidence to support it. Ameliorate certainly do and I'm here to sing it from the rooftops - this is nothing short of a miracle for dry skin.
NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES
Aromatic Foaming Bath
My perfect bath involves a combination of bubbles and aromatherapy with the scent of essential oils filling the whole room. This does exactly that. Bliss.
Restorative Body Oil
Any product in ESPA's Restorative range is a hit with me. Massaged onto dry skin after a bath, this comforting blend of palmarosa, rose geranium, sweet orange and lavender absorbs easily and restores an inner calm.
Coconut Oil Body Polish
A gentle exfoliating body scrub based in coconut oil and with a soft rose scent. It leaves skin super soft and feeling moisturised. Gently pat skin dry to allow the oils to absorb.
ISLE OF PARADISE
Hyglo Self Tan Serum
Self-tan and skincare blended into one beautifully designed package courtesy of self-tan guru Jules Von Hep. Applied directly to the skin, hyaluronic acid hydrates whilst the blend of plant based oils and gradual tan has been specifically formulated for regular use.