It is cold. Painfully, bitterly, annoyingly cold. It’s that kind of cold where your eyelashes freeze while walking the 3 minutes to the streetcar stop and you seriously consider calling in to work dead because the price of being unemployed is so worth paying for the sweet opportunity to go home and climb under a heavy duvet where you shall remain until the first spring flower blooms. Yes winter is hard and it really takes its toll physically. You’re constantly on the verge of getting sick, your hair is suffering from serious flyaway trauma, and your skin feels like you’re in serious need of shedding a layer. It is the time of year that turns ‘shower’ people into bath people in a bid to try and rid the deep cold that has seeped right to your bones. And if you use the right products the tub can also act as relief for your sore, chapped skin, and a de-stresser for your overworked mind. Next time you go for a soak try one of these products to get maximum benefits…
Fresh Rice Sake Bath Soak
This purifying soak contains 38% pure sake to detoxify, soften, and even skin tone. (Yes… that sake.) You’ll be bathing in booze… quite sure I have a recurring dream similar to this. Inspired by a Japanese Geisha bathing ritual, this sake soak claims to increase circulation and body temperature thus inducing a purifying sweat which helps to eliminate toxins. The sake contains enzymes that hydrate and smooth the skin’s appearance and the addition of ginger helps to relax and soothe your muscles. Slightly pricey but sure to warm you right to the core.
Lush ‘Butterball’ Bath Bomb
This little fizzer transforms into a vanilla custard soak with chunks of creamy cocoa butter which are perfect for rehydrating dry skin. It is perfectly priced with the added bonus of making your bathroom and your skin smell good enough to eat.
The Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float
Perfect for the restless sleeper this Community Trade bath milk contains camomile, hops and milk protein to chill you out and get you snoozing, and cocoa butter and oat protein to help soothe and moisturize your wind burnt skin. Add a couple of candles and a glass of wine and you’ll be in a perfect dream state before you know it. Just don’t fall asleep in the tub… or you might spill your wine.
Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Bath Soak – Eucalyptus Spearmint
This one requires lots of deep breaths to really benefit from stress-relieving ingredients such as eucalyptus and spearmint – essential oils which help clear your mind and even improve concentration while making your skin silky soft.
Sephora Collection Bubble Bath and Shower Gel
Vitamin E and glycerin ensure that this multitasking formula will keep you soft and scale-free and is available in an array of scents, some of which will transport you back to warmer, sunnier days. Bathe yourself in bubbles of mango or coconut for that beach release, or try ‘cotton flower’ for a comforting, fresh-out-of-the-dryer bathroom vibe.
The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Polynesia Monoi Miracle Oil
I love a good bath oil to really treat my central-air abused casing. This one contains lightweight and wonderfully exotic sounding oils with ingredients from the South Pacific. Coconut and organic ‘babassu’ oils act as effective moisturizers to repair and restore your skin’s moisture barrier. And not only can it do wonders for dry skin but it can also be used to treat dry hair and as a massage oil for activities outside of the bathroom.