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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 6th July 2018

Soak Away the Stress

As good for your mood as they are for your body, baths can become addictive. So what are the essential elements for a super soak?

As good for your mood as they are for your body, baths can become addictive. So what are the essential elements for a super soak?

You’ll need a candle, soothing music or a podcast, wine (or herbal tea if you’re abstaining this month), and something delightfully fragranced to pour into the steaming tub.

Essential oils The most luxurious way to scent your soak, bath oils dissipate in hot water, releasing the fragrance and creating a moisturising film that clings to your skin. They may be more expensive, but you only need a splash, and the potent aroma of essential oils can be invigorating (citrus and ginger) or slumber-inducing (lavender works wonders before bed).

Sprinkling of salt If soothing aching limbs and cold symptoms is your top priority in the tub, bath salts are what you need. A capful of the clever crystals in a hot bath will relieve muscle tension, plus the salt draws out moisture to reduce bloating while the vapours help clear airways.

When in foam…For the ultimate in relaxation, a frothy bubble bath will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. Lavish, oil-infused bath foams offer skin-softening properties too – but if you’re feeling the pinch this month, cheap-as-chips bubble bath will do the trick!

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