We all have our self-care rituals. For some, it’s going on an all-inclusive spa weekend. For others, it’s singing along to feel-good pop songs on their way into work. But at Euca, our absolute favourite way to relax and unwind is taking a bubble bath.
In recent years, the bath has been somewhat nudged out of the limelight by the quicker and more efficient shower. But the two are not to be conflated; showering is a purely functional means of self-hygiene. A bath, on the other hand, is an experiential luxury. It’s all about taking time for yourself and enjoying your own company, as well as some peace and quiet. Throw some bubbles into the mix and you’re the optimum relaxation environment – no extortionate spa fees required. If you’ve had a late evening at the office, spent the day immersed in housework, or you simply fancy some TLC, turn on the tap and soak your troubles away.
Have we still not convinced you? Here are five more reasons to run yourself a bubble bath today.
1. Muscle relaxation
If you’re somebody who is very active or who has a strenuous job, taking regular bubble baths can have real physical health benefits. Submerging yourself in warm water can help to reduce pain and inflammation in the body, soothing and relaxing tired and overworked muscles. This essentially works in the same way as heat packs. The temperature of the bath water increases that of aching muscles, blocking pain sensors and providing pain relief. Warm water can also loosen stiff joints, improving your mobility. If you’ve had a particularly hard session at the gym, heal your body with a deep stretch and a warm recovery bubble bath. Just make sure not to run the water too hot which, according to research, can actually impede muscle repair and recovery. Many people swear by adding Epsom salts to their baths too, which break down into magnesium and sulphate in water. The theory is that these minerals are soaked into the skin, helping to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling.
2. Soft skin
Bubble baths are a real treat for our skin. The warm water and steam invites our pores to open up and helps to purify and decongest them. It also stimulates blood circulation, leaving your skin feeling soft, healthy and refreshed. Sweating can also help us to release nasty toxins, giving our lymphatic system a boost. Some health professionals even recommend baths to treat common skin conditions such as eczema. To maximise the skin benefits of your next bath, make sure to use high-quality, all natural products that won’t irritate your skin with harsh soaps and chemicals. Euca’s Luxury Bath Bubbles is made from a delicate blend of botanical extracts and natural oils. This gentle plant-based formula gently cleanses, conditions and nourishes your skin without drying it out. It’s also free from sulphates, parabens, palm oil, synthetic fragrances and artificial colours.
3. Improved sleep
Most people will struggle with sleep at some stage in their lives. Our minds tend to be constantly on the go with worries, to-do lists and other racing thoughts. This mental chaos makes it difficult to nod off. Clearing your head before bed time is a great way to improve your sleep quality, and what better way to do so than an evening bubble bath? Bathing in warm water can help to mute our internal monologue and put us at ease – it’s almost a form of meditation. There’s actually some science behind this process, too. A drop in body temperature is a cue for our body to start producing melatonin, the hormone which makes us sleep. Our bodies get colder at night naturally, but kick-starting that downward shift by warming yourself up is a trusted way to make yourself sleepy.
After the year we’ve had, it’s more important than ever to take care of our mental health. In these unpredictable times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Be kind to yourself and take a breather when necessary. When you’re feeling tense, why not indulge in a meditative moment in the bath? Set the scene with candles, dimmed lights and relaxing music. Bathing in warm water has been proven to boost mood and reduce stress, attributed to a combination of bodily comfort, warmth, isolation, and horizontal positioning. Warm bubble baths have also been linked to the release of serotonin, AKA the happiness hormone.
If you really want to spoil yourself, use a luxurious bath oil. A bath infused with Euca’s Therapeutic Vegan Emulsifying Bath Oil is the ultimate pampering experience. It is carefully formulated to gently relax you, creating a soothing sense of calmness. As well as being a relaxant, Euca Bath Oil is also enriched with skin-loving ingredients like almond oil, glycerine, castor oil and natural castile soap. Let its nourishing formula soak into your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth and smelling divine.
If we haven’t tempted you by now, we don’t know what will. It’s so easy to get caught up in the humdrum of everyday life that we often forget to take magical moments for ourselves. Contrary to popular belief, sometimes it’s good to be selfish – put yourself first and indulge in a heavenly bubble bath today. And don’t forget to use the best bath products to enhance the experience. Euca’s all-natural Luxury Bath Bubbles and Therapeutic Vegan Emulsifying Bath Oil won’t just make you feel completely relaxed, but they’ll also do wonders for your skin. For these products and more, check our Euca’s full 100% Australian range today at www.eucaonline.com.au.