Self-care Sunday: Guide to the perfect soak
Lorna shares her general tips on how to achieve the most beneficial bathing experience - bubbles and candles at the ready!
1. "The first thing to do when having a bath is to make sure it is ‘clean’ from any toxic cleaning products that you may have used. Most regular cleaning products have warnings on the side like 'toxic' or 'corrosive'. You don’t want to sit in a bath with them swimming around, giving your skin the opportunity to absorb them. So the first thing to do is to rinse your bath with hot water to make sure there is no residue of these products around that would impact on your home spa treatment.”
2. !Give yourself 20 minutes in the bath and a little time to relax and gather yourself afterwards. Your water should be between 36-38 degrees C, and the room should be 25-30 deg C ideally. To help you float away, try breathing in through the nose for five seconds and out through the mouth for five seconds, increasing to ten seconds for each, and continuing for two minutes. Finally, try to complete your ritual slowly, perhaps using the softest towel to pat yourself dry."
3. "Soak by candlelight! Choose a soy wax candle infused with essential oils. Most scented candles available to buy – from the least to the most expensive – contain petroleum based paraffin wax, a by-product of the crude oil industry. Dimming the lights and lighting a candle will also help with the relaxation process."
4. "The temptation to catch-up on your weekly binge on Netflix should be avoided! Taking a book or magazine into the bathroom with you is also a great way to relax and take yourself into a different world for a while. While we can’t travel, books can transport us."