How to Get the Beauty Benefits of a Bath Without Actually Taking One
Even if you despise autumn for its chilly winds and suede-ruining drizzle, chances are you'll agree the season has at least one thing going for it—long, luxurious baths. (Also, new beauty things!) Only problem is, not everyone has access to a tub. Or, if you're like me, you do have a tub, just not enough time to enjoy it on the reg.
Happily, it is possible to enjoy a version of your favourite bathing rituals without owning an actual tub. Really. You may not get the muscle-melting soak of your dreams, but these shower-friendly Bath Night hacks are almost as good. Ready? Lock your bathroom door, light a candle and turn on the taps.
Keep scrolling to find out how to get the beauty benefits of a bath without actually taking one.
Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Spray ($39)
If you're not familiar with the muscle-relieving properties of Epsom salt baths, it's time to get amongst...kinda. Instead of running a bath (that you quite possibly don't have), get your mitts on a magnesium oil spray. When absorbed transdermally via your bath water or a spray-on formula, magnesium helps soothe muscle pain and calms the nervous system faster than an oral supplement. Great for gym bunnies (especially after leg day—ouch), magnesium spray is also great for helping you unwind after a stressful day.
Venustus Lemon Organic Body Polish ($49)
One of the greatest bath-related pleasures there is, is scattering a handful of deliciously-scented salts into the water before you jump in. The fragrance can help ground, energise or calm, and the salt softens the water, leaving your skin silky. If you're a fan, there's maybe nothing as soul-crushing as being gifted a packet of luxe salts you can't use... Allow us to change that. Take said salts and mix them with a carrier oil like sweet almond ($16). Massage the mix into skin for similarly smooth limbs. (We recommend taking deep breaths as you go to make the most of the perfume, too.) Not into DIY? An ready-made oil-based scrub made with fragrant essential oils works the same way.
Aromatherapy Assosciates Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil ($89)
For an even better aromatherapy experience than you'd get in the bath, there are a few ways to use your trusty oils. Drip 10-12 drops onto a cotton flannel then lay it on the shower floor (not directly underneath the water flow), for a steamy scent-venture. Or, if your particular oil blend is able to be applied directly to skin (check the label—pure essential oils need to be diluted), smooth it on before showering. Easy as.