Self-care has never been so important, and from helping to reduce anxiety and protect your mental health, to soothing aching muscles and looking after your skin, taking a bath is the ultimate at-home pampering treatment. To make sure that you're truly reaping the rewards of your soak, we spoke to Lorna Veale, founder of natural beauty company No Secrets, to find out her top tips for transforming bath time into a beneficial experience, from using eco-friendly bath products, to the ideal temperature of the water and air.
Salt of the earth
"When choosing a bath salt, look for something that contains magnesium sulphate. This mineral is essential to the body, as without it, muscles physically cannot relax," Lorna says. "As chemicals – both good and bad – are absorbed through the skin, soaking in a bath that contains magnesium sulphate means that you're partly replenishing this essential mineral."
"Bath oil has the ability to be a really ‘clean’, non-toxic product in any natural beauty range because it is simply oil – or a blend of oils – with perhaps some fragrance." Massage it into your skin before getting into the bath, then step in and relax while it works its magic. As with any other skincare product, when looking for a bath oil, read the list of ingredients carefully. Additions like sunflower seed, grape seed and macadamia seed oils, which feature in No Secrets' bath oil, offer some real skin benefits as they're rich in nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as various vitamins. Ingredients like these make for a much more natural and 'clean' formula that will nourish, moisturise and condition your skin, leaving it regenerated and softened, as opposed to a bubble bath of chemical foaming agents and synthetic fragrances.
If you're a fan of bath bombs, you probably won't like what Lorna has to say about them: “We only like bubbles in our champagne glasses – nothing should fizz in the bath. The main ingredients of bath bombs are usually bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, which strip your skin, and are actually more appropriate as natural cleaning alternatives, rather than a skin treatment!"