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Not a bath person? Here’s how to have the most relaxing shower of your life


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Bath people—like Alessandra Ambrosio, Emmy Rossum, and Jenny Slate for example—have it made. Tub-specific products abound, with everything from bath bombs to crystal-infused magnesium salt soaks stocking the shelves. Bath aficionados know how to turn their tubs into a full-on detoxifying sweat sessionsteep it in green tea in order to help reduce inflammation while they soak, or just simply sit back and relax into the suds. Some people, however, don’t like baths, but that doesn’t mean that they have to forfeit the right to a relaxing, spa-like experience. So, what’s for them?

As it turns out, quite a lot. While spa-like shower experiences aren’t nearly as trendy as their seated counterparts, they’re just as easily attainable and can provide many of the same benefits to your mind, body, and spirit. If you love a good shower, there are innumerable ways to up its benefits. As you stand beneath the faucet, eyes closed while the steamy water pounds your aching body, you can actually seriously supercharge this luxurious moment and soak up all the benefits.

Keep reading for 7 ways to turn your next shower into a 5-star spa.

Use shower bombs

These super-affordable discs transform your shower into a giant diffuser—they’re packed with essential oils which release into the steam. To unlock all of their olfactory magic at once, place them on the shower floor while you bathe. For a slower steam, add them into a mesh pouch and hang it from the faucet instead.

Add plants

This simple decor upgrade will transform the experience of stepping into your shower—it’s like forest bathing and regular bathing all at once. Here, three options that will absolutely thrive in your shower. Orchids are good, too!

Upgrade your shower head

On move-in day, it’s likely that your shower head wasn’t a top priority. You can choose simply to replace it with one which filters the water (and preserves your hair color in the process), one which offers massage capabilities, or one which transforms the ways in which water is delivered; below, one of each option.

Invest in spa-quality products

Bath products might get all of the good PR, but that doesn’t mean the shower game isn’t equally strong for some of your most beloved beauty brands. Scrubs, super-charged washes, and even flash facials will ensure your experience holds its own with the best of baths.

Accessorize

For many, baths are more about getting calm than getting super clean, which is one advantage it has over the more utilitarian feel of a shower. But when you want to create a relaxing experience, deep scrubs and exfoliators are encouraged—imagine you’re at a Korean spa, minus the massage therapist sloughing off your dead skin.

Play some tunes

If you like the calming effects of typical spa music, you can easily recreate them with the help of these waterproof speakers. If you’re more into the cathartic effects of crying along to the sounds of Sam Smith, that’s okay, too.

Dry off in style

You don’t want to undo all of the good work you’ve done to relax, detoxify, and cleanse by drying off with a stiff towel. Invest instead in at least one of five-star spa-quality—soft, fluffy, and actually absorbent—to optimize your experience.

Originally published December 2, 2017, updated August 8, 2018.

You know what else isn’t just for bath time? Candles—just make sure they’re not going to jeopardize your health as they burn. Plus, here are some other affordable ways to transform your bathroom into a spa, both inside and outside of your shower. 

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