Could your bathtub be the most healing place in your home?
There’s a pretty strong argument for it—regardless of how small your bathroom is (hello, fellow New Yorkers!), it’s the only place where you can literally wash your stress and tension down the drain. Not even your hygged-out bedroom has that kind of cleansing power.
The best part of a soak: You can turn it into a seriously indulgent beauty ritual by incorporating bath boosters, like salts or milks, and a face mask. While one’s working to renew your bod, the other’s doing the same for your face.
Of course, as with any partnership, compatibility is key. For every scenario—whether you’re looking to detox, de-stress, or boost your energy—products with similar functions are going to be more powerful than a pair whose ingredients are at odds (like energizing bath salts and a mask with sleep-inducing scents). Get it right, however, and you’ve got the ultimate clean beauty tag team.
Here’s how to turn your tub into a personal spa with perfect face mask and bath soak pairings (#selfcareselfies encouraged).
For a detox
Say “peace out” to toxins by soaking in mineral-rich salt that comes straight from an ancient, underground lake in the Kalahari desert (seriously). For ultimate cleansing clout, pair it with an antioxidant-rich face mask that uses French green clay, spirulina, and matcha to clear blemishes and congestion.
This salt soak is infused with relaxing tea oils that nourish your skin as sea minerals soothe. Combined with a raw honey mask—which is loaded with with aloe vera and hydrating botanicals—your complexion will be silky soft from head to toe. Be gone, winter dryness.
A milk bath is the most calming answer to a really long day (your mom gave you warm milk as a kid for a reason). This one’s boosted with lavender and chamomile, which are great for relieving anxiety. Use alongside a lush, collagen-boosting, oxygenating mask, and you’ll practically float out of the tub.
These bath salts are seriously stimulating—the grapefruit and other citrus essential oils invigorate your circulation (not to mention the scent will pep you right up) while the various sea salts loosen up any tension in your muscles so you’re good to go. Matched with the active fruit enzymes in the Lani mask, you’ll feel ultra-rejuvenated. (Think of it as a power cleanse.)
If you’re looking for a night ritual that’ll ease you right to sleep, aromatherapy’s the answer. Vanilla and floral ylang ylang bath salts combined with a lavender- and sandalwood-scented face mask will lull your body to dreamland—with a dreamy glow, at that.
A bath’s not the only place to treat yourself. Here are other self-care rituals that are easy, but powerful. Or take it to the next level with a 3-day detox that’ll jump-start your mind and body.