Is there anything more bliss-inducing than a long, steamy soak in a hot bath? Usually you’d have to head out to a spa for a top-quality treatment, but with our round-up of nifty tips and tricks, you can create an indulgent bath experience in the comfort of your own home.
Read on, then close the bathroom door, light your favourite scented candles, and spend a little time pampering yourself – you know you deserve it!
Indulgent doesn’t necessarily mean overpriced. That’s why the good old skin-loving formula of Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil, R149 for 125ml, is one my favourite bath-enhancing products. Add a few drops to your bath, and you won’t need to apply moisturiser when you’re done.
Sit back, relax and rest your head on a soft bath pillow like the Sorbet Bath Pillow in white, R99,99, which has suction cups to prevent it from slipping.
Make your own products
Run out of your favourite bath soak or scrub? Nip to the kitchen before you start your at-home spa treatment and make these alternatives:
Natural Bath Milk
Start by whizzing one cup of powdered milk, half a cup of oats, half a cup of bicarbonate of soda and a sprig of dried lavender in a food mixer. Decant into a lidded glass jar. Swirl half a cup of this mix into your bath under warm running water.
DIY Body Scrub
Melt a quarter of a cup of coconut oil in the microwave. Add 2,5 cups of brown sugar and squeeze in the juice of one lemon. Stir until well combined. If it looks too wet, add one teaspoon of sugar at a time until it looks gritty enough to use as a hand, body and foot scrub.
Mix up a rose-scented bath soak to unwind while you detox by adding a cupful of Universal Vision Coarse Himalayan Crystal Salt, R56 for 1kg, and the tea leaves of your choice into your bath. We love Pukka Love Tea, with its dream-like scent of camomile, rose and lavender; or Pukka Womankind Tea, which blends rose, hibiscus and cranberry, both R102 each for 20 sachets.
By Beauty editor Martinique Stevens
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.