As you can imagine, in this busy city we live in, life can get a bit stressful at times. We are constantly running around here, no one takes it slow, you just find yourself power walking, even if you don't have to rush. Am I right? It's crazy, and a bit much at times, but I love it. It's not for everyone, but it gives me life. I love being busy, and you'd very rarely find me doing nothing. It can get to you tho', I sometimes feel like I need to go to a yoga retreat somewhere in Bali to get my balance back.. :) Since I don't have the time or the funds to jet off to a tropical island every month or so, I found that treating myself to a relaxing bath would just have to be enough. For now. ;)
I love baths. Your muscles and joints relax in the warm water, you have a glass of wine, maybe put on some Netflix or just your favourite chilled music. Maybe you even have some snacks to go with that delicious wine.. Bath salt, oils, scented candles and masks.. Whatever you can think of to make you feel pampered and relaxed. If you happen to struggle to decide what products to go for, not to worry, I got you! I've collected some of my favourite items that I've been loving lately, they will make you feel not only relaxed but will leave your skin feeling silky smooth as well. ;)
PRE BATH PREP
SAMAYA PITTA HYDRATING CLEANSER
Cleansing your face before taking a bath is very important, as your pores will open up due to the steam and heat. I recently started testing out this cleanser, and I have to say, I really like it! It leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean!
"Samaya cleanser is developed with powerful Ayurvedic botanicals such as Jasmine, Neem, Lotus, Turmeric, Saffron, Shatavari and Gotu Kola, this cleanser melts into the skin, helping to remove make-up and lift impurities, leaving skin feeling balanced, purified, softer and more radiant."
ATLANTIC KELP AND MAGNESIUM SALT ANTI-FATIGUE EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB BY REN SKINCARE
When the girls and I have been at the launch breakfast of this product range, David Leigh Delport, global spokesman for Ren Skincare explained to us that the best way to use this scrub is just before jumping into your bath. It allows the the oils and salts to diffuse, revealing a luxurious Magnesium bath soak, with REN’s Anti-Fatigue blend of Essential Oils.
TIME TO SOAK
ATLANTIC KELP AND MICROALGAE ANTI-FATIGUE BATH OIL BY REN SKINCARE
In my opinion, a bath oil is a must. Duh, you are taking a bath! ;) I really really like this particular one from Ren Skincare as I find the smell very relaxing and wonderful, not to mention my skin feels amazingly soft post bath. It's such a lovely luxurious and rich bath oil with Atlantic Kelp, Plankton Extracts and Microalgae Oil. It's also packed with Omega 6 and 9 and is Infused with REN's Anti-Fatigue Essential Oils blend to refresh and de-stress your body and mind.
THE ECO BATH DERMA EPSOM SALT BATH SOAK
I apologise as I don't have a proper photo of the packaging, as I filled a jar with my epsom salt towards the end of the box to save some space in my cupboard. Ha :)
I like adding Epsom salt to my baths because whilst bathing, magnesium sulphate is absorbed through the surface of the skin where it gently helps to support the removal of toxins from the body. Its soothing action may help with skin problems including eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin. It also acts as a natural emollient to soften & exfoliate the skin.
I find that scented candles are also good additions to your relaxing bath as I find it creates a very Zen atmosphere. A good book or your favourite magazine and of course a glass of wine is obviously part of the experience! :)
(MALIN+GOETZ) DETOX FACE MASK
I love this product. It's a bit different to the masks I've used before, as it oxygenates while using it. That means that after you apply the mask, it will then start becoming a foam, which I found so entertaining. I know, I'm like a child. Ha. It left my skin feeling super clean and hydrated, I instantly fell in love. Not only because of the foaming, I promise! :) This mask contains Vitamin C to smooth, firm and brighten skin, as well as white tea extract, vitamin e and almond oil to provide antioxidant protection and hydrate your skin.
POST BATH PAMPERING
KEEP YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL INSTANT BRIGHTENING BEAUTY SHOT EYE LIFT BY REN SKINCARE
As I turned 30 this year, I started really taking care of my eye area and also started using anti ageing products. Not that I needed it just yet-or at least I didn't think I did, but I feel like since I've been using these type of products my skin feels firmer and younger. This product is a light gel-serum that instantly lifts and dramatically brightens the delicate eye area. Visibly diminishes dark circles and puffiness.
KIEHL'S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE
This is one of my favourite products at the moment. My cousin gave it to me a few weeks ago, and as I didn't do any research on it, I wasn't really sure what to expect. So I just went on with my night time skin care routine and put it on before my night cream. When I woke up I literally couldn't believe the results. My skin looked so amazing, I even got asked that day what happened to me, as my skin just had wonderful healthy glow to it.
This is what they say on their website: "Like thousands of fellow patrons, use a few drops of Kiehl’s UK & Ireland #1 best-seller, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, every night for younger-looking skin by morning. Wake up to fresher-feeling skin, which is more toned, and with improved radiance.This formula works by enhancing your skin’s natural night-time recovery process – so make your skin work for you while you sleep! Additionally the formula is not only paraben-free, but also 99.8% natural-derived."
SAMAYA PITTA ANTI-AGEING CREAM
As mentioned before, we've been trying some products from Samaya lately, and I'm just as happy with this cream as I am with their cleanser. It's formulated with powerful Ayurvedic botanicals and clinically proven anti-ageing ingredients, this rapidly absorbing moisturiser contains an intensive blend of active compounds that visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The result is skin that feels supple and firm, with a youthful and revitalised appearance.
ANTI-FATIGUE BODY CREAM BY REN SKINCARE
Now I realise I have included a lot of Ren Skincare products in this posts, and it's not because I've been payed to do so, it's just that they have been so lovely and supportive of our blog, sending us products and inviting us to their events, my cupboard is full of their products now. :) And I of course generally love their products. This whole Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium range is so amazing and it smells incredible! You can click HERE to see the full range in a blog post we wrote about them!
Happy bathing peeps! ;) xx