At the moment we’re in Lockdown 2.0 for four long weeks – and I’ll probably spend about two of them in the bath!
Adding natural products can make your bath a real health and beauty ritual. They can soften the skin, soothe aching muscles and joints, and even improve your mood. Your skin can absorb certain essential oils, plant extracts and minerals – they penetrate the skin’s outer layer (epidermis) and are carried around the body by blood vessels found in the skin’s lower layer (dermis). That’s one of the most important reasons to use chemical free, plant based, organic skincare.
Here are three of my favourite bath time beauties:
Micheline Arcier was one of the world’s most famous aromatherapists, credited with making aromatherapy as popular as it is today. This range of fabulous bath oils is still hand blended to her original recipes. For sheer blissful relaxation try Harmonie, with essential oils of Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Petitgrain. Elan Vital is an invigorating pick me up, with Rosemary, Lavender and Geranium. Tonique has oils of Lemongrass, Rosemary and Sage to energise, stimulate and detoxify. While Vigeur contains antiseptic and purifying Eucalyptus, Pine and Niaouli – ideal for boosting the immune system this winter. I always tell this story, so sorry if you’ve heard it before, but when I lived in a large block of flats, my neighbours used to say they could smell the heavenly scent of my baths as soon as they stepped into the lift. That’s how good they are!
Thalgo Micronised Marine Algae
I’m mad about this bath soak by iconic French marine brand Thalgo. It contains three types of micronised algae (this means the algae’s broken down into tiny particles for easier absorption). Just empty a sachet into a warm bath and relax for around 15 minutes. You’ll be soaking up soothing iodine, iron, calcium and magnesium, plus zinc, copper and manganese –purifying, rebalancing and fabulous for improving skin texture.
Why just add sea salt to your food when you can add it to your bath? I particularly like Le Guérandais Coarse Guérande Salt, which is hand harvested at a marine reserve on the Brittany coast and guaranteed to be unrefined, unwashed and additive free. It’s rich in magnesium and trace elements, which helps draw toxins out of the skin and improve the circulation.