DIY series: 6 steps to create the perfect relaxing bath
Whether it’s pouring outside or you’re exhausted after a big day, drawing a warm bath and taking a quiet moment for yourself is always a marvellous idea. There’s nothing more inviting than a scented candle, Norah Jones’ soothing voice, a pampering face mask and a fluffy bath robe. Here are six steps ‘rub-a-dub-dubbed’ necessary to emerge completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
1. All about the ambience
First and foremost, set the mood. Now is the time to disconnect from the world and say farewell to those stark bright bathroom lights to focus solely on you. Light a few scented candles and scatter them around the room. The smell of a fresh lavender-infused candle will create a tranquil environment in no time. You’ll be sure to find candles that soothe your senses at Dusk, Adairs, Sheridan and Bed Bath N Table. Lastly, turn on some music and unwind to Bon Iver’s tunes with speakers from JB Hi-Fi, Dusk or Target.
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2. Time to soak
By adding bath salts, bath bombs or luxurious bubbles to your tub, you’ll benefit from the time-tested practice of quite literally soaking your worries away. If you’re suffering from sore, aching muscles from your workouts, Epsom bath salts from <insert retailers i.e. Priceline, Blooms the Chemist, My Chemist, Amcal, Aesop> are for you. Or if a foamy bubble bath, complete with the swirling colours and invigorating scents of a dissolving bath bomb is what you’re up for, be sure to visit MECCA Maxima, LUSH or The Body Shop. Some bath bombs also contain skin-loving ingredients that will have you glowing from head to toe, so you’ll be reaping the benefits for both body and mind.
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3. Scrub away your worries
While taking a bath is good for your wellbeing, relaxes your muscles and helps you sleep better, it also provides you with the perfect opportunity to exfoliate away those pesky dead skin cells, leaving you with soft and supple skin! Using a body scrub, exfoliating mitt or brush, gently scrub your entire body for the silky-soft limbs of your dreams. Pick up all your exfoliating essentials from Priceline, L'Occitane LUSH or Mecca Maxima.
4. TLC always
Unwind after a long day while also hydrating your skin and hair. Take multi-tasking in the bath up a notch with simultaneous hair and face masks from Hairhouse Warehouse, Oscar Oscar, Innisfree or Price Attack. The steamy bathroom creates the perfect warm temperature for your hair and skin to soak up the nutrients. Your skin will be left velvety-soft and your locks will feel luscious and ready to take on whatever the world throws at you.
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5. Get cosy
Before sinking into the water, be sure to grab a bath pillow for your back from Priceline, The Body Shop or Bed Bath N’ Table. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of the tub’s hard edges against your skin. Don’t forget a fresh towel from Myer, David Jones, Adairs or Sheridan for when you resurface. Is there a better feeling than ‘burrito-ing’ yourself in a cosy towel when you emerge from the bath? Also, nothing says ‘at-home spa’ like your very own toweling robe. Grab yours from Peter Alexander, Sheridan or Cotton On Body.
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6. Pro tips
If you’re lucky enough to retreat for longer than 20 minutes, be sure to BYO snacks to your newly found happy place. Treat yourself to something sweet from New Farm Confectionary, available at Nextra and pick up your favourite brew from T2 Tea, Health Squared or Go Vita to ensure you remain hydrated. If bubbles in your bath aren’t quite decadent enough, visit BWS or Liquorland for a bottle of your favourite champagne. Why not celebrate yourself every now and then? Cheers to you!
Oh, and don’t forget a novel (although this dreamy out-of-world experience might already have you feeling like you’re a character in one). Not sure of a title that coincides with a relaxing read? The experts at QBD Books or Dymocks will help you find the perfect bathtime book.
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