How to prepare a relaxing bath 2023?

How to prepare a relaxing bath 2023?

Massages and relaxing baths are small “pampering” that we can give ourselves during the week to relieve tension, recharge energy and feel better.

A relaxing bath during the week can help us release tension and feel relief. And it is that, without a doubt, both the temperature of the water and the aroma of the ingredients that we decide to add (a soap, some salts, a “bomb”, or simply a few drops of essential oil) have a great influence. They help us feel at ease. Taste.

How to prepare a relaxing bath 2023?

In principle, it is optional to resort to a very elaborate strategy. It is enough to fill the tub with water, add an element of a pleasant aroma and create a pleasant environment for ourselves. This can be done with candles, incense, and other items.

Everything seems very simple. However, it has its trick. We should not add too many elements to the water or go overboard with incense and other aromatic elements, or we could load the environment too much and self-sabotaging relaxation.

Tips for preparing a relaxing bath at home

To prepare a relaxing bath, fill the bathtub with water at a pleasant temperature, neither too cold nor too hot, advisable. 

Remember that very hot water burns and washes away the entire layer of natural oil from the skin, exposing it to various discomforts ranging from redness and dryness to burns.

Cold water, although it may seem like an excellent option in the summer, is not ideal either, since shortly after immersing ourselves in it, our sensation of heat will increase instead of decreasing. In short, this is because low temperatures force the body to work harder to regulate its temperature, so it does not “cool off” but rather continues to experience the sensation of heat.

Be careful with the amount of soap and other related elements.

On the other hand, when adding scented soaps or oils, it is important not to overdo it so as not to create an environment that is too charged that could end up causing us a headache.

If we already have an aromatic candle and a soap pump, it is optional to light incense. In this sense, we must learn to discriminate: if we already have the candle, it is better to leave the incense for the next time.

Then, we must have a pulse about the products to use to clean and pamper ourselves. Applying large amounts of that glitter soap repeatedly throughout the bathroom is unnecessary. Neither is combining the soap pump with a stream of scented liquid soap.

Homemade lavender and clay soap can be an option to clean any body part. However, its use must be discontinued if an unfavourable reaction is observed.

Recipe to enjoy a good relaxing bath

The ingredients listed here are calculated for a standard-size bathtub. Remember that the larger the bathtub, the more chamomile flowers and lavender infusion you need.

Regarding Epsom salts and essential oil, it is best to always maintain moderation, to avoid adverse skin reactions, especially in case of suffering from some skin disorder.

Necesitarás

  • Chamomile flowers, 200 g.
  • Lavender infusion, 125 ml.
  • Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate), 5 g.
  • A few drops of the essential oil that you like the most, 10 drops (you can replace it with rose water).

Preparation

  • Fill the bathtub with lukewarm water.
  • Prepare the lavender infusion, and once it is ready, add it to the bathtub.
  • In a deep plate with boiling water, submerge the chamomile flowers for a few minutes.
  • Before the chamomile flowers are completely cooked, add them -with all their liquid- to the bathtub.
  • If desired, add Epsom salts and drops of the essential oil of your choice (it can be lavender, chamomile, or some other oil with relaxing properties).
  • Gently stir the water, dive in, and enjoy.

This relaxing bath is a treatment that will come in handy on those days when you feel more tired than usual, you suffer from stress, or anxiety begins to take its toll on your health.

About the use of essential oil

If you will use essential oil, be sure to dilute it accordingly so that it does not cause discomfort on your skin. On the other hand, if your skin is sensitive, it is best to avoid these products and, to enjoy a pleasant aroma while you bathe, choose to place an aromatic candle in the bathroom.

How to take a relaxing bath

Taking a bath is an ancient practice. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks were known to take baths for health and beauty reasons. These days, taking a bath can be a great way to relax and feel rejuvenated. Consider everything that will relax you as you soak in your private bathroom for the perfect bath.

Part1

Set a relaxing scene.

  1. Gather the materials. Nothing is more annoying than getting into the tub only to realize you forgot your towel. Gather whatever you plan to use in the tub before you get in the water. Here are some things you should consider having:
  • scented bath oil
  • body lotion
  • facial mask
  • hair products (shampoo and conditioner)
  • soap
  • body scrub
  • bath salts
  • waterproof bath pillow or rolled hand towel
  • candles
  • music
  • bathrobe
  • Bathroom towels
  1. Place and light the candles. Candles are excellent for relaxing, creating a softer, more ambient light. You can use your favourite scented candles to add a relaxing scent.
  • Choose a scent that relaxes you. Suggestions include vanilla, lavender, verbena, or whatever you prefer. 
  • Set the candles carefully. Avoid placing them near anything flammable, such as curtains, towels, or paper products.
  • If you place them near the tub, avoid accidentally burning yourself. Also, be careful that they don’t fall into the water.
  • Prevent wax drips from falling by using candles in candle holders or inside jars.
  1. Play music. Music has many neurological effects and can be very relaxing. It can help you relax and reduce stress. Put on your favourite music while you shower.
  • You can buy waterproof speakers that attach to the sides of your tub or shower.
  • Avoid taking electronic products into the bathroom. Water can damage them.
  • To play music, place your smartphone or tablet on the sink (or other dry area) to play music through its speaker.
  1. Place the towels or bathrobe. Place them near the tub so you don’t have to search for them when you get out. For added comfort, warm them up in a dryer before bathing.

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  • Another effective way to keep them warm is to hang them over the heater in the bathroom. Be careful not to place them directly on a heat source, which could cause a fire hazard. 
  1. Prepare your skin. If you don’t plan on getting your hair or face wet, use a face mask or scrub on your skin for extra pampering. Please put it on your face before getting into the bath so that it settles on your skin and you relax.
  • There are many recipes for facial masks. For example, a mask of 1 avocado (large) and honey (2 tablespoons) is very easy to prepare and contains many healthy vitamins and minerals for the face. 
  1. Announce your intention. Finding time for yourself may seem challenging if you live with other people. Be sure to tell others in the house that you plan to take a relaxing bath and want some time. This will help you mitigate intrusion from others and help you relax without worrying about interruptions.

Part2

Prepare the bath

  1. Start with a clean tub. A dirty bathtub does not allow for a relaxing bath. Start with a clean tub for best results.
  • A quick way to clean a tub without the smell of harsh chemicals is to use baking soda. This removes soap scum without leaving a strong scent. You can make a simple baking soda paste with 1 cup of baking soda and add water to your desired consistency.
  • Add the paste to the tub and allow it to dry. Clean the baking soda with a hot sponge and rub away any pesky residue.
  1. Fill the tub with warm, not hot, water. You’ll want a hot water temperature to relax but not hot enough to damage your skin or burn. Bring the temperature between 95 and 101 °F (35 and 38 °C). 
  • Make sure the drain is closed, and fill the tub.
  1. Add infusions in the bath water. As you fill the tub with water, add any desired infusions, such as bubble baths or oils. The water will disperse the bubbles and aromas more easily.
  • The oil could settle to the bottom if you wait until the vat is full and the spout is closed.
  • Choose a scent that you like, and that makes you feel good. Good scents include honey, almond, lavender, sea salt, or vanilla. 
  1. Consider adding salts. You can use bath bombs or Epsom salts to help you relax. 
  • Epsom salt baths include many benefits, including pain relief, stress relief, and skin care.
  • Bath bombs come in many scents! Also, they are quite easy to prepare and can give you interesting bubbles or a normal bath.

Part3

Relax in the tub

  1. Get in the tub. Once the tub is filled with warm, scented water, lower yourself gradually. Be careful, as some areas could be slippery.
  • To support your head in the tub, use a waterproof bath pillow or hand towel (rolled lengthwise). Place the pillow or towel behind your neck and relax.
  1. Close your eyes. This will help your mind to relax more effectively. You can meditate by inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through pursed lips. This will help you relax. Stick your head under water to wet your hair and face if you like.
  • Be careful not to relax too much and fall asleep. This could cause you to choke.
  1. Avoid electronic devices. You don’t want to be interrupted or distracted by the outside world. Keep electronics like smartphones out of the bathroom or out of reach. This is a moment just for you.
  • You can use your smartphone to listen to music. Avoid using it to surf the Internet or check your email.
  1. Finish the bath. When you’ve relaxed enough, or the water has cooled, grab a towel and get out of the bath. Wrap yourself up and dry off.
  • Put on body lotion to moisturize your skin. This will lock the moisture into the skin.
  • Rinse off the face mask, if applicable.

10 ideal ingredients to achieve a relaxing bath

A relaxing bath? When we were thinking of changing our bathtub for a shower, we learned that in ancient times, Cleopatra bathed in donkey’s milk, and, over the years, lovers have been incorporating petals into their romantic rituals.

Two ancient traditions favour our body, but do we know everything about the properties of certain infusions or baths with certain ingredients? We have contacted Toñi Leal, beauty expert and Wellness Personal Assistant at the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri hotel, and she has prepared a tour of the 10 ingredients that should be part of our daily ritual to relax physically and mentally and optimize the state of mind. Our body and our skin.

The 10 ingredients for a relaxing bath

detox ginger

Ginger is a must that many of us already have in our pantry. In infusions, it will improve the state of our throat, it has a detoxifying effect, and it will improve our defences. In the bathroom, it serves to warm the body.

Most people sweat quite a bit when adding ginger, and if you wrap yourself in a sheet immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detox by sweating for another couple of hours.

Depending on your bathtub’s capacity and sensitivity, add anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup.

Milk: mood and hydration

Ingested, milk has numerous benefits that we all know, but in an infusion with tea, it can also favour our mood. The cause is that it is rich in tryptophan, the raw material for generating more serotonin.

In addition, it has proteins and is stimulating, thus enhancing the energizing capacity of black or white tea, for example. For the skin, milk provides moisture to the epidermis and can be a good soother for sunburns and a natural remedy to revitalize dry skin.

Two to four cups of whole milk will be enough, remembering that the higher the fat content, the better it is for the skin, providing long-lasting nourishing effects.

Essential oils

Essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint can help relax the body and mind. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your bath water. 

Olive oil or olive or coconut leaves

An infusion with olive leaves will be very beneficial as an anti-age since it is rich in polyphenols. In addition, it is antioxidant and favours blood pressure.

On the other hand, the olive oil in the bath water is very nourishing for the skin and will be perfect for times of seasonal change when its nutritional levels lose balance. And the best thing is that we all have it at home…

Honey

Occasionally, my mother gives me a bottle of pure Del Bosque honey. It is the perfect component to combine with tea or hot milk due to its contribution to minerals and its antiseptic and healing capacity.

With oil, on the other hand, in the bath, it helps the oil to mix with the water instead of floating on top, allowing you to create a homogeneous mixture that comes into better contact with the skin.

It is very nutritious and will help us detoxify while softening and caring for it. Honey also has healing properties, so it is perfect in certain situations when faced with possible injuries.

Bath salts

We are big fans of bath salts for our relaxing bath at the end of the day. They contain minerals that can help relax muscles and reduce stress. Add just a few tablespoons of bath salts to hot water to enjoy its benefits and have a fabulous time. 

rooibos tea

I do not know if you have heard of this unique herb that contains many anti-inflammatory components such as zinc, alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, making its intake very positive and bathing in such a famous infusion. It is also remineralizing and very effective against acne.

Fill the bathtub halfway with hot water and add approximately four tea bags.

Let it rest for at least 10 minutes, and then dive in. If, while we bathe, we drink rooibos tea, the experience is perfect.

Colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) 

It is a natural oat, without additives, that has been ground into a very fine powder. But what does it have to do with a relaxing bath?

Colloidal oatmeal can soothe dry, itchy, or inflamed skin when used correctly in water.

It is an all-natural remedy for eczema, insect bites, chickenpox, and irritation from plants like poison ivy. Colloidal oatmeal has natural anti-itch properties that lower the pH levels of irritated skin, thereby reducing the urge to scratch.

Take 1 cup of rolled oats, grind until it becomes a fine powder, and add it to the bath. Stay in the tub for 15 minutes or so.

What if we include flour in a tea infusion? It will provide texture and numerous benefits since it lowers cholesterol and is a great vitamin supplement. 

Chamomile

I love chamomile! Its mild soothing properties will become a good ally to combat stress and improve our digestion. You can prepare chamomile and combine it with a DIY Spa session.

You should fill the bathtub with hot water and add a cold infusion of chamomile to the water, which you will have prepared by adding 3 or 4 tablespoons of chamomile flowers to half a litre of boiling water.

When you soak in the bathtub, you will feel how stress melts away while your skin is deliciously aromatic.

 

Citrus, salt, and coffee revitalizer

This is my best advice to eliminate fatigue and reactivate muscles. No better ally than coffee. This ritual, with time, will be the best option for those mornings when we feel low on activity and unprepared to face the day.

While you drink coffee, which increases blood pressure, reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and prevents possible heart attacks, enjoy a bath prepared with the following mixture: three cups of salt and a cup of coffee; then you will need one cup of powdered milk, a lemon, and an orange.

Cut the orange and lemon into slices and put them in a bowl; add a cup of coffee and leave to marinate for 5 minutes.

Then, take another bowl and add the 3 cups of salt and powdered milk and mix well. 

bath and glass of wine

The ideal plan for after a long and tiring day at work and before your husband comes home. But what if we include wine in our bath water? Try adding 4 cups of red wine and a cup of honey to the bathtub, which we will have previously prepared at about 37º.

The properties of this bath will stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, fight aging thanks to the polyphenols of the grape and, prevent the action of free radicals, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, especially the return of the legs.

Rose petal bathtub, the most for your relaxing bath

It may seem like a movie, but roses not only have an exquisite aroma but also revive tired skin and are ideal for the best romantic moments, something that has become a tradition since its aroma is an aphrodisiac.

Everything makes sense! We must prepare the bath at about 37º and add four drops of rose essence to the water and rose petals to cover the surface. It is the perfect ingredient for the most sensitive or dry skin.

It is a great cleanser and contributes to Vitamin C. In addition, it improves our respiratory capacity and is a great antioxidant that will be perfect for our skin and body in a delicious infusion.

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