There’s nothing like a relaxing self-care bath routine to make your life just a little more manageable. Not to mention, it’s one of my favorite self care activities.
Baths work when nothing else will. Especially when I’ve had a long, stressful day and just want to unwind. Not a bath lover? Here’s an easy shower routine you could follow instead.
In this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite self-care bath ideas to help you create your own amazing bath routine. Let’s make your next bath amazing!
5 Steps to Create the Ultimate Self Care Bath Routine
1. Turn Your Bathroom Into an Oasis
Ambiance is everything.
So before you begin to imagine how amazing it would feel to relax in a bathtub full of warm water, think about ways to make your bathroom into the most relaxing, spa-like environment possible.
Bring your bathroom alive by adding something green! You can line your bathtub with plants and hang vines on the nearest wall.
And guess what?! You don’t have to use real plants and vines.
I’m in the process of redecorating my bathroom and will be using fake versions of these items for the simplicity of upkeep.
Adjust the Lights
Depending on your mood, you may want bright lights or dim lights.
I have a huge window in my bathroom that is perfect for natural sunlight during the day.
But maybe not so great if you like to take baths at night. In the evening, you can use something as simple as the flicker from a candle to provide you with some gentle lighting.
Pick a Scent
The options for choosing a pleasant aroma are endless. Here are some recommendations:
- Burn an incense
- Light a scented candle
- Grab a diffuser and some essential oils for a little aromatherapy
Soothe with Sound
When bathtime rolls around, you want to have some sounds to help you unwind.
This could be a playlist of your favorite songs, but let’s switch it up. Instead, you could listen to nature sounds or even a meditation.
2. Choose Your Self Care Bath Essentials
The self care bath products you use can make a huge difference in your care routine. So put some thought into the items you may want to splurge on.
Your Must-have Bath Accessories
These bathtub accessories provide comfort and ease of access inside and outside of the bath.
Ever dreamed of reading a book or watching a movie in the tub? A bath tray makes it possible. It fits across the width of the tub and can hold books, candles, wine glasses, and many other things.
If you really prioritize relaxation, a bath pillow can suction or strap onto the tub for extra relaxation.
Wet feet on the floor is a big no-no for me. With a plush bath mat, you can stop water from dripping on the floor while having something clean to step on.
Essential Bath Products
There is no limit on the things you can add to make your bath more relaxing.
- Bath salts or epsom salt is great for relaxation and soothing sore and tired muscles.
- Bath oils are usually scented and can hydrate your skin.
- Bath bombs, usually round in shape, fizzle out in water leaving behind a gratifying scent and a colorful bath.
- Bubble bath adds mounds of bubbles to your bath.
Personally, I usually stick to bath bombs, bubble bath, and epsom salt. I find this is enough for me. And I tend to only use one or two at a time, depending on my personal needs.
Additional Body Care Products
And to enhance your bath routine even more, here are some more products you’ll want to have on hand.
Your body wash can make or break your bathing experience. Pick something that suits your skin type and makes you feel clean and refreshed.
Exfoliate and remove dead skin cells with a good body scrub. I like to give a little more attention to my knees and elbows since the skin there is rougher and darker.
Dry brushing is something that I’ve done a few times, but didn’t really care for it. It’s when you brush your skin prior to bathing or showering and it is supposed to help with cellulite, circulation, and removing dead skin cells.
I prefer using a body scrub.
When it comes to face masks, the options are endless since there’s one for just about everything whether you have sensitive skin or are struggling with dry skin.
Don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin after your bath!
3. Be Intentional with Preparing the Bath
This is your uninterrupted me-time. If you’re purposeful when setting aside your bath time, you’re bound to create the ultimate bath ritual for your specific needs.
Set Intentions for Your Self-Care Bath
What is it that you need from this bath? Is it rejuvenation? Maybe some relaxation? More self – love? Knowing this will help you set the tone for your self care bath routine.
Each time I prepare a bath, I will have a specific goal in mind depending on my mood – whether it’s my weekly beauty routine, trying to release stress, or trying to find clarity.
Prepare Your Bath Warm Water
Run your bath water at a temperature that’s comfortable for you. Some prefer warm water, while others like it hot. I prefer mine in between.
Add Your Essentials
Based on the intention of your bath, this is where you add some of those bath essentials I mentioned earlier. If you’re planning to relax and rejuvenate, set up that bath tray and go grab your favorite drink.
Submerge and Soak
The last thing to do is to step into the tub, and allow your body to become one with the water.
At the beginning of each bath, I like to just enjoy the temperature of the water and take a few deep breaths.
4. Indulge in the Bath Experience
Now it’s time to enjoy the relaxing experience of taking a bath. Once you’re in the tub, here are somethings you can do:
- Read a Good Book: I love to read anything I can get my hands on. And nothing beats reading your favorite book in an oasis that you created.
- Sip Your Favorite Drink: Have your favorite drink nearby to sip. relaxing bath.
- Watch Some Content: You could watch your favorite television show or a movie. But if I’m watching anything in the bath, it’s probably going to be something on YouTube about personal growth.
5. Post-Bath Ideas: The Relaxation Continues
Just because your bath is over, doesn’t mean this self-care experience has come to an end.
Moisturize Your Skin
I know it’s so easy to just slide into your clothes after a bath (I’m guilty of this), but let’s stop skimping on the moisture. Grab your favorite lotion and lather it on.
Dress in Comfortable Clothing
Put on something cozy and comfortable afterwards that makes you feel pampered – like you’re getting the full spa experience. This could be lounge wear or your favorite pajamas.
I have a pink robe that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas about two years ago that I like to wear.
Share Your Self Care Bath Ideas
What are some of your favorite things to do during your self care bath? If you don’t have a routine yet, it’s time to set aside some time and make a plan.
Tell me about it in the comments below.
Check out some of my best self care content:
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