6 Steps For A Relaxing Bath That Sends You Straight To Bed

Feeling stressed and need a simple relaxing bath routine? These are my tried and tested methods for having a relaxing bath that will send you right to sleep.

We have been at home for far too long and if like me you are loving and working in the same space with another person at home, things can get a little annoying once in a while. 

This simple relaxing bath routine has given me a bit of respite and a chance to run away from my husband once in a while (GOD don’t let him read this) Let’s be honest, living and working in a small flat with your husband can be tricky sometimes. 

After reading this, I promise you will have the most relaxing bath ever!

This post is all about creating the perfect relaxing bath for you or even someone you love. 

Relaxing Bath Essentials

Here are just a few products you need for that relaxing bath

  • Bubble Bath – Skip this if you find them too drying. Bubbles are nice but you don’t 100% need it for a relaxing bath 
  • Magnesium flakes – This is the best relaxing bath soak that will help you sleep better. It provides better absorption than Epsom salts
  • Essential Oil Mix – I use two drops each of lavender and cedarwood. The combination is excellent for your nervous system and will help you relax…a lot
  • Aromatherapy Candles – Artificially scented candles don’t have medicinal value. Aromatherapy/essential oil candles do. There is a time a place for fragrance oil candles but not this moment.
  • Dry Brush – To assist with exfoliation and relaxation
  • Exfoliating Gloves – For overall body exfoliation
  • Body Scrub – For exfoliation 
  • Flowers (optional) – For pizzaz

In case you were wondering why I haven’t mentioned bath bombs, well-coloured bath bombs are not the best for your intimate area and will not help you relax unless of course, they contain essential oils. 

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Step 1: Set the mood

This is your moment, so choose the right time of the day. I prefer taking baths at night because they help me sleep better so create the right mood and ambience. Light an aromatherapy candle, or make your own ahead of time.

You want to transform your bathroom into a calm oasis. 

 

                       

Step 2: Prep

First, start running the water making sure the temperature is not too hot. Trust me I have been a tub way too hot and it is not relaxing in any way. You will sweat like crazy so trust me and make the water just lukewarm. This is your self-care bath routine, not a detox one, so lukewarm water should work perfectly!.

If you want bubbles, this is the time to pour it into the rushing water. 

This is also the stage where you cleanse your face and wear a face mask. I typically use plain Manuka honey which is great for plumping up your skin. 

You also want to add a few essential oils to your bath water at this stage. careful not to put too much because oil and water don’t always mix and getting potent essential oils in contact with your naked skin can burn. It has happened to me so be careful.

Once your mask is on, you can begin dry brushing. Brush from the soles of your feet to your neck, all in a downward motion towards your heart. If you want to read more about why and how to dry brush, check out this article from Goop

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Step 3: Relax

Now that you are done brushing, it’s time to soak and relax. I am not an advocate for taking your phone with you when you are having a relaxing bath but it that’s your only music source, take it. You can also just use an app like Calm to listen to rain sounds and breathing exercises

If you want you can sprinkle some rose petals in the tub or try my trick. Cut the flower as close to the stem as possible and it will float in the tub. It makes clean up easy

Step 4: Time to scrub

Once your 15 mins of calm are over, you want to step out of the shower. Remember that you shouldn’t stay in there for more than 20 minutes in total.

Stand up and watch the water drain away while you prepare to scrub down. What better time to scrub than when your body feels soft right? 

Put on your gloves, scoop or squirt your favourite DIY or store-bought body scrub in your hands and give your self a thorough scrub all over starting from your neck as the water drains away.

           

 

   

     

   

Step 5: Rinse off

Rinse off with some medium temperature water and make sure to get all the scrub off. At this point, feel your skin. I am sure it’s the most supple it’s ever felt. This is the time to rinse off your face mask as well.

Step 6: Lather and Rest (The best part)

Whilst your body is still damp, lather your favourite body oil all over. I use plain argan oil or just your regular moisturiser. Slip into your favourite pyjamas and girl, you are ready to have the best sleep of your life!!!

If you enjoy it, please promise me you will make it a regular ritual?

How to make a relaxing bath with household items

Are you trying to avoid buying too many products and still want that relaxing bath at home with items you have in your home, or you just want to do it now but feel like you don’t have all the things I listed above? I’ve got you babe! Here are some alternatives:

1. Oat meal

I didn’t realise how soothing oatmeal was until I had a case of hives and it provided such amazing relief. Tie a small cup of oatmeal in a muslin cloth or handkerchief and drop it into your tub. It might make your bath milky but it will soothe your skin so well. 

2. Baking soda

If you don’t have magnesium flakes or Epsom salts on hand, the next best thing is what almost every household has- baking soda. Although we use it for everything from deodorising the fridge to cleaning pans, it is quite soothing on the skin and is the excellent alternative for a relaxing bath.

3. Honey

Honey is such a powerhouse that has incredible moisturising and antibacterial benefits. It’s the perfect addition to your bath routine

4. Milk

I use a combination of powder milk and baking soda to create an incredibly relaxing bath. The lactic acid in the milk also works to exfoliate the skin.

5. Epsom Salt 

I know not everyone has this lying around the house but it is a great alternative to Magnesium flakes. Epsom is also Magnesium but the difference is that Magnesium flakes absorb much easier into the skin, however Epsom salts will work just as fine.

That’s it! Those are the steps to creating the most relaxing bath routine. I do this every 2 weeks (hey water bill) to recentre and reset or just hide away from my husband for 15 minutes lol. Do this at night and get ready to experience the best sleep of your life!

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