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Pamper yourself with a relaxing bath or refreshing shower. Howcast shows you how to do it right in this video series.
You Will Need
- Natural-bristle body brush
- Two washcloths
- Bath salts
- Essential oil
- Herbs, dried or fresh
- Powdered milk
- A loofah
Pick your time
Plan your bath. To promote sleep, take your bath 90 minutes before bedtime, and because the hot water can dry your skin, don’t soak for more than 20 minutes.
Add salts at the start
If you plan to use bath salts, add them as you start to run your bath so that they dissolve completely. Use one cup for every 60 pounds you weigh.
As the tub fills, keep track of the temperature with a thermometer. You want the water to be about 100° Fahrenheit, which is ideal for relaxing muscles.
Exfoliate your skin
While your tub is filling, take a natural-bristle body brush and gently rub your skin from your feet to your neck with upward strokes. This loosens dead skin and helps your body expel toxins.
Prepare a cool compress
Dip a clean washcloth in cold water and lay it on the side of the tub, so you can put it on your forehead if you start to feel too hot.
Just before the tub is filled, add any extras, like a diluted essential oil, fresh or dried herbs tied in a piece of muslin or cheesecloth, one or two cups of powdered milk, or even a few bottles of beer, which is the bath additive of choice in some Czech Republic spas.
Make it special
Make tub time special by lighting candles, putting on some music, and pouring yourself a nightcap.
Toward the end of your bath, vigorously scrub your skin with a washcloth or loofah.
Take a quick shower
Take a quick cold shower to rinse off and tighten the skin.
Liberally apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.