HOW TO DRAW THE PERFECT BATH…
Have reading material, a candle, a towel and pyjamas at the ready. Choose your bath additive – salts, muds or oils – according to mood and need.
Salts calm the nervous system and boost our bodies from the outside in. In their natural form, they can contain many minerals, including magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. During a bath, warm water opens pores, allowing these nutrients to be absorbed, and drawing out pollution, impurities, toxins and dirt.
If money is no object, splash out on Ilapothecary Magnesium & Amethyst Deep Relax Bath
Soak, (£55, ilapothecary.com)
Westlab Reviving Epsom Salts (£14.99 for a 5kg bag, westlabsalts. co.uk) is also great; I always add essential oils.
Immunocologie Vital Clay (£110, cultbeauty.co.uk), with raw French green clay, is so good you’ll look like you’ve had a facial.
A bath offers oil a double route into the body – via steam inhalation and skin absorption – but always use pure essential oils. Orange is a great mood lifter, while lavender is the scent of choice for sleep. Cedarwood is also known for its comforting, grounding and warm scent.
Add five drops of pure essential oil to a run bath (don’t add oils to running water as they are volatile and will vanish into the steam) and soak for 20 minutes.
Zesty essential oils, such as grapefruit, will awaken your senses; add 8-10 drops of almond oil, run a warm bath and a 10- to 15-minute soak will feel like you’ve pressed reset.
My favourite pre-blended oils are from Aromatherapy Associates. Deep Relax (£59, aromatherapy associates.com) is my version of Valium.
Bathe for 15-20 minutes to let the ingredients do their magic and then slather the priciest body oil you can afford on to damp skin. I like Dry Oil
Prodigieuse MultiPurpose Dry
Oil (£18, uk. nuxe.com)