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Adult Bath Time Is Good For Stress

“The boss! The baby! The dog! That does it! Calgon! Take me away!” You may remember the classic 1970’s Calgon commercials. A woman comes home, the image of her angry cigar -smoking boss still fresh in her mind, her crying child and barking dog, still taunting her memory. It all melds into a spinning wheel of confusion; the woman throws up her hands in frustration.The scene changes. The same woman in a bath filled with Calgon bath bubbles. The soothing voiceover encouraging her to lose herself in luxury. The stress formerly seen in the woman’s face replaced by a blissful expression. She has found her escape.

For years, bath times have been viewed as a source of stress relief. The warm water, the soothing scent, all calling up a sense of comfort and intense relaxation. Are you more than ready to make your bath time into a tranquil escape from insanity? Here’s all you need to know about perfecting your adult bathing experience.

Set the Mood
You know lighting is a very important part of atmosphere. Ditch those regular wall lights and get experimental. Try some old fashioned candles or tea lights which you can strategically place all around your bathroom; just keep them away from the towels!

Crank Some Tunes
Music is a crucial element when it comes to relaxation, just make sure it’s something you like. You can get sassy with Beyonce or Adele, or go more traditional with some classical movement. If heavy metal is more your thing, just make sure you don’t rock all the water out of your bath!

Snacks
You can’t relax if your hungry and you sure don’t want to leave the bath to search through your kitchen, so make sure to have some of your favorite snacks on hand, just make sure your chips don’t end up floating next to your rubber ducky!

Temperature
The optimal temperature is an absolute must if you want to achieve bath time nirvana. 33.3 degrees celsius is the recommended water temperature; it should not exceed 38.3, which will be too hot and may leave you feeling drowsy.

Woman with red wine in bath

Red Wine
Red, red wine, it makes you feel so fine. Not only might you want to sip while you soak, but you may want to actually mix the wine with the bath water. It will not only smell great, but it will treat your skin to some beneficial antioxidant action.

Don’t Dehydrate
Just because you’re soaking in water, it doesn’t mean you are safe from dehydration. You might be surprised at the amount of perspiration a body can produce in a hot bath. Have a cool glass of water on hand and it may be useful to keep a flannel and jug of water close by so you can make yourself a cold compress if you start to feel sweaty.

Face Mask
While you’re pampering, why not apply a face mask? It will nourish and cleanse the skin on your face while the bath does the same to the skin on your body.

Self Massage
While your muscles are relaxing, you might as well address the problem spots. You can use a water proof ball resting it against a solid surface, while exerting pressure on it evenly. The water will help to control the degree of intensity you apply.

Bath Oils
The type of bath oils you chose may effect the type of benefits your bath can give. Lavender oil is known to encourage sleep and sandalwood oil can help relieve anxiety. Just add about ten drops when the bath is half full to allow even distribution and a sufficient amount of scent.

Support Your Head
The last thing you want is a stiff neck when you’re trying to relax. Fold up a couple of towel for a makeshift pillow.

How do you like your bathing experience? Do you have some anti-stress tips for us? We’d love to know!

Woman applying face mask

Types of Facial Masks

Every skin type can benefit from a facial mask. The problem isn’t enjoying them; it’s finding the perfect type for each skin type and skin problem. There seems to be an endless list of combinations to try and narrowing down the choices can be frustrating at times.

Face masks can accomplish a plethora of skin-boosting benefits. They can soothe dry skin, eliminate and prevent blemishes, prevent oily spots and help skin glow. Here are some of the best types of facial masks to improve skin.

 

Woman taking off her eye mask

Eye Masks
If a specific area of the face needs to be treated, a full facial mask might not be necessary. Eye masks are a great way to get fast, great results for puffy eyes and wrinkled, sagging skin. They can be applied during the morning while eating breakfast or completing a few tasks around the home. Results last all day, if not longer, and with plenty of over the counter treatments available, there’s no need for measuring or mixing.

Coffee Masks
Just like it helps to perk up your brain, a facial mask with coffee as the main ingredient can perk up facial skin. It can help with under eye puffiness and really brighten up the complexion, all in a matter of minutes. The smell is also heavenly and surprisingly relaxing.

Charcoal Masks
For those who have never tried a charcoal mask, the benefits can be incredibly impressive. Activated charcoal can help to draw out impurities from pores and prevent blemishes from ever forming in the first place, while eliminating any existing imperfections. For anyone suffering from acne, a charcoal mask is highly recommended as both a treatment and preventative measure.

Woman applying clay mask

Clay Masks
Probably the most popular type of facial mask, clay masks work for pretty much every skin type. They’re versatile yet effective. Despite clay masks being the most popular, most people use them incorrectly. It’s important to understand that the mask is doing the most for your skin when it is still damp. If the mask is allowed to completely dry, it can actually have a negative effect by causing irritation and dehydration.

Homemade Masks
Making homemade masks out of ingredients found in the refrigerator seems to be all the rage lately. Mother Nature has provided plenty of fresh ingredients that can transform skin. There’s really no limit to what can be mixed together. Try berries, avocado, yogurt, honey, oats and more. Just be sure to mix the ingredients right before using them and avoid storing leftovers for too long.

Facial masks are a great way to improve skin tone, eliminate blemishes and add a refreshing and energizing glow. Use facial masks for special occasions, as part of a weekly skin care regimen or on an as needed basis for skin issues.

Whether homemade or store-bought, facial masks should always be used according to specific instructions to avoid negative side effects. Never be afraid to try a new facial mask. There’s always a new combination of beneficial ingredients to experiment with.