Bath people 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 session, steep 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 relaxing 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 water pounds your aching body, you can actually seriously supercharge this luxurious moment and soak up all the benefits. Step one: Stock up on relaxing shower products.
7 ways to turn your next shower at home into a spa experience
1. 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 ($11) and hang it from the faucet instead.
Harness the power of aromatherapy with these Uncommon Goods Essential Oil Shower Steamers. They’re available in four scents: soothing lavender, calming eucalyptus, relaxing lemongrass, and invigorating orange.
Never have I ever met a shower steamer prettier than the Anthropologie Miss Patisserie Shower Steamer. It has a colorful yet organic vibe that relaxes your body by just looking at it. It’s available in two scent blends. De-Stress, which features crisp, woodsy juniper berry to soothe anxiety and help you to relax and focus. And Uplift, which has bright notes of lemongrass to put a pep in your step and invigorate your senses.
2. 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.
Bird’s Nest Ferns love soil that’s constantly moist, making a shower a perfect home for them. Sit one on a shelf or hang it the ceiling to really get that showering-in-the-jungle vibe.
Snake plants are practically indestructible, making them great to put pretty much anywhere. I’ve had a snake plant in my bathroom for years and I’m awful at remembering to water it, but it soaks up what it can for the shower and has been thriving with minimal effort.
3. 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 that turns your shower into a rain forest, or one that's app-connected and helps you track water usage; below, one of each option.
This Vitaclean showerhead features a vitamin C aromatherapy pod that makes your shower smell amazing while neutralizing chlorine. This is great for anyone with hard water, managing dry skin and brittle hair.
Transform your shower into a luxurious rain head experience with this dual shower head. If you have a standard wall-founded shower head, you easily install this rain head shower without having to move around any plumbing to get that overhead stream. Plus, it features also a detachable shower head.
If you want to experience a spa-like shower while being mindful of your water usage, this is the head for you. It features a larger-than-average shower head for more coverage while you shower and a simple spray controller slider to allow seamless spray setting transitions. It’s features LED notifications to keep you posted on how much water you’re using while you shower and is app-connected to allow you to track and analyze water usage.
4. 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 exfoliating bars will ensure your experience holds its own with the best of baths.
This body scrub from NCLA beauty uses sugar and coconut to exfoliate and deeply moisturize your skin. You’ll feel soft as a baby and smell amazing.
Get nice and clean with this invigorating body soap from Meow Meow Tweet. It pairs refreshing tangerine is with relaxing baisil and poppy seeds to massage and stimulate circulation in the skin whilst exfoliating.
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.
6. 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.
This waterproof speaker attaches to your shower wall with a suction cup, keeping the controls within reach. One charge powers up to 10 hours of playtime.
7. 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.
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