Out of the many forms of relief we turn to on a hot summer’s day; a bath is rarely one of them. Understandably, we reserve deep soaks for the chillier seasons when you want to cocoon yourself in in bubbly warm water, not for when the temperatures are hitting the 90s. Turns out, we’ve been missing a trick. Or four.
Adding the right cocktail of products to a bath can help de-bloat and smooth skin which is important year-round, but especially relevant in summer as that’s the time we expose more of it. Here’s how to turn your bath into the most productive 30 minutes of your day.
Step 1: Buff off dry, flaky skin with a dry body brush
How to: While the bath water is running, buff skin in long sweeping motions up towards your heart. This loosens the dead skin cells and clears pores so the bath soak can better penetrate into skin.
Step 2: Add active bath salts rather than bubbles
How to: Salts can be absorbed quickly through pores and work to detoxify by stimulating the lymph (the body’s system for removing waste). Cellutox Herbal Bath Synergy comes in neat sachets so you know exactly how much to add to your bath. Try to breathe deeply so that your stomach rises out the water. Pushing air through your abdomen works like a natural massage on the gut to keep it moving and ultimately de-bloat. Not to mention, bath salts make your bathroom smell like a five-star spa.
Step 3: Polish skin to give new skin the chance to thrive
How to: Once your skin has softened, apply the scrub in gentle circular motions—there’s no need to apply too much pressure. This helps to gently shed the skin cells post-brushing and polish skin so it’s smooth and soft. A scrub also helps stimulate the detoxification process by getting your blood pumping. The mint causes a slight tingle, but in a fresh and invigorating way.
Step 4: Apply body oils while skin is damp
How to: Body oil absorbs quicker and deeper than moisturizer. Oil has smaller particles than bulky creams so they can penetrate deeper into skin to deliver detoxifying ingredients at cellular level. Think of it as a boost to the lymph system which can then work to remove the toxins and waste that have built up in your body.