If your days are getting more stressful and you just cannot squeeze in an appointment at the day spa, your next best bet is to recreate the experience at home. After all, you still need to take your daily bath – so why not turn that regular experience into an indulgent one? Doing so is a great way to zap stress, give you more energy and put you in a relaxed state of mind until you finally have a window of time to book an actual massage.
It’s All In the Products
Making bath time more indulgent does not need to be a production number; the fastest way to do this is to invest in wonderfully scented cleansing products that take things up a notch. Why, you ask? Focusing on products that smell good will bring an aromatherapy-like quality to your routine. It is the fastest way to penetrate your senses and restore balance and calm into your harassed frame of mind. You can choose products for skin care online or in stores; whichever you choose, it has to be a scent that you particularly love or find relaxing. Offhand, great scents to try would be peppermint, green tea, lavender and eucalyptus. These are the usual scents that spas also use to perfume their environment.
Consider Your Skin Type
It’s easy to get excited about aromatherapy qualities in your bath products, but don’t forget to think about how the product itself complements your skin type. Make sure that at the same time, you are also keeping an eye out for great-smelling products that work for whatever skin type you have. This is especially important for sensitive skin care, which can react to products quickly and cause rashes or allergies. If you want to stay on the safe side, you can probably just use the Vivaderm shower foam to cleanse your skin and then layer on the scent with an after-bath cologne spritz.
Employ Massage Techniques
For your bath to be a stress buster, you need to employ massage techniques that target your trouble or tired spots. Knead key areas of your body such as your temples, shoulders and knees to work out any aching feelings that might be present there. This is best done when you have soaped yourself up, so your hands easily glide all over your body and allow you to do a deep tissue massage by yourself. Do some stretching, too – before and after your shower – so you warm up your muscles and make yourself more limber.
Don’t Forget Your After-Bath Procedure!
After your bath, do some extra treats to make the whole experience even better. Massage nourishing body oil all over your legs, apply some essential oils to your temples (to promote better sleep, as you breathe in the relaxing scent) and treat your hands, feet and elbows to a creamy overnight moisturizer. These simple tips may seem too easy to feel like an actual indulgence, but trust us: after trying it out the first time, you will see a world of difference in how you look and how you feel – especially after a particularly stress-loaded day.