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Relax and revive with a soothing bath and a foot massage

A few minutes of relaxation can help you get rid of the stress and tensions of the day. It not only helps you to feel fresh again but revives you for the day ahead. Here are some tips to help you relax and revive after a tiring day.

Relaxing Bath

Mood therapy

A few drops of aromatherapy oil added to your bath can relax or refresh you, depending on the fragrance you choose. Use essential oil and add six to eight drops to a drawn bath (if you add essential oil to running water it will instantly evaporate). Before you step in, gently swish the water around with your hand or a bar of soap, so the oil distributes itself evenly across the surface. Then slowly lower yourself into the bath, lie back, close your eyes and allow the heady aroma to envelope your senses.

Which essential oil to choose?

For Relaxing, lavender is excellent with its calming and cleansing properties. It’s also gently antiseptic and is perfect for soothing those tired aching muscles.

For Reviving, choose lemon grass with its lively citrus scent or basil with refreshing and strengthening properties.

Either will lift flagging spirits and boost energy levels after a hard day’s work.

Bubble talk

If you like to wallow in a mass of scented bubbles, there’s nothing to a really deep foaming bath. For best results, pour one capful of bubble bath directly into the running water as you start your bath and add another capful about halfway through. Choose moisturizing bubble baths which are delicately scented according to your mood.

Herbal remedy

If you don’t like bath additives, but love the idea of a fragrance-filled bathroom, a herb bath is the perfect answer. Wrap and tie muslin round some dried herbs then attach to the bath tap so the hot water can run over it. As it does so, vapors are released. Choose rosemary and thyme for their stimulating properties and fennel and sage for relaxing.

Pillow talk

Invest in a small bath pillow to rest your head on. Not only does it make relaxing in the bath more comfortable, it gives you the perfect excuse for an extra five minutes of pure indulgence. Look out for pillows with suction pads that stick onto the tub; that way you won’t slip down into the bath.

Steam clean

Incorporate your skin care routine into bath time by steaming your face. First remove all traces of make up before you step into the bath. Tuck your hair into a cap or tie it away from your face, and then lie back and let the steamy atmosphere deep cleanse your skin and draw any impurities to the surface. Then while you’re still in the bath, wipe your face with a little toner and apply a face pack for the last 5 to 10 minutes.

Soap opera

Lather up a bar of luxuriously scented smooth and creamy soap. But take care, soap can be drying, so only cleanse areas where hygiene is a necessity and always rinse well afterwards too.

Superfatted soaps are best for drier skins, as they have a creamier texture.

Foot Massage

Massage matters

Soften your skin with body lotion immediately after a bath or shower when skin is still damp and absorbs moisture best. Simply work a little lotion between the palms of your hands and then massage in with firm upward strokes.

Powder velvet

Lightly dust a little talcum powder over your skin to help absorb excess moisture, but as talcum can be drying, use only on areas that perspire.

Fragrant layers

For those special occasions, pamper yourself with soap, talc, body cream and spray that are richly scented with your favourite perfume. Many of the new body creams contain fragrances so intense you could wear them alone. But for those times when you want your fragrance to last all evening, body and bath products that match it are the perfect solution.

Beautiful endings

Tired aching feet will benefit from a little extra attention. Fill up a large bowl with warm water and add five to six drops of rosemary essential oil. Five minutes is all that’s needed to allow the stimulating properties of the rosemary oil to get to work. Afterwards, dry well with a towel and rub in some refreshing foot lotion.

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