8 Tips and Tricks For The Best Bath or Shower of Your Life

Chances are regardless of whether you're a morning person or a night owl that you rush through your shower because you're either running late or you're too tired. So, Saturday or Sunday evening when you're in for the night, impliment these tips and tricks into your routine to maximize your calm. Because face it, life is too short to be stressed out during bath time.

Virginia Lowman Oct, 16, 2015

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It's impossible to relax if your mind is preoccupied with planning what you're going to do next. Close out of your calendar, turn off your tablet and call it a night; take some "you" time. On your agenda for the evening: #NetflixAndChill unless you're the reading kind, in which case #BooksAndChill is just as good!

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Candles, that is. Whether you're showering or stepping into a bath, candles set the mood for relaxation. Light as many as you wish but stick to one scent so you don't experience aroma overload.

Need some options? If you're willing to splurge a little, we love Fornasetti. If you're a serial candle burner, a more feasible luxe option is the collection from Voluspa.

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Whether taking or bath or lingering in the shower, you need a scent that will lull you into relaxation.  This Sugar Tiare Flower Oil and Bubble Bath by LALICIOUS pulls triple duty as a hydrator, a cleanser and an oil-- you can even use it in place of shaving cream. It's paraben-free and full of probiotic to promote healthy skin. And to top it all off, it smells divine!

$28, available at lalicious.com

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Give your GNO playlist a rest and opt for something more mellow instead. Think: Kenny G or some 90s Musiq Soulchild or Raheem DeVaughn to set the mood. 

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Whether you have a cold or you just need to set the mood for relaxation, a few sprigs of eucalyptus can do wonders. Hang a bundle in your shower away from the flow of the water. The heat and steam from your shower will activate the essential oils. The benefit: instant aromatherapy and it'll help clear your sinuses if ou have a cold or are experienceing a headache.

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Super models and celebrities have been dry brushing for years. The trend is also an age old tradition found in Korean bath houses. The Supracore Stimulite Honeycomb Bath Mitt is designed to exfoliate and massage the skin while also reducing the appearance of cellulite. Yeah— you could litterally bathe your way to smoother, more supple skin. 

$32, available at supracor.com

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Next time you take a bath, bring some tea bags with you. Soak 5-10 bag of greentea in your water to restore balance to your skin. A green tea soak also has anti-aging benefits and it will also help your skin combat free radicals. Of course, you can also enjoy a cup of green tea while you soak!

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Those scorching hot showers you love so much are stripping your skin of the natural oils and drying out your skin. Opt for a warm bath or shower instead. Think: higher than 68 degrees but less than 80. To really upgrade your shower experience, invest in a powerful showerhead with a rainhead spout like the Raindrops showerhead.

$120, available at raindrops901.com


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