Rubba Dub Dub: Must-Haves for the Tub!Some of our readers may remember a discussion we ran a couple years ago trying to weigh the pros and cons of a shower vs. a bath. In the end, we concluded that there are great qualities of both. But, even though showering may be a more time efficient and feel like a more cleansing experience, soaking in a bath is really great for your skin and can be very relaxing.
Now, I am returning to this soothing subject to bring you some (affordable) must-have items to make your bath time or shower time extra special. I searched high and low in every department store, drugstore, and specialty shop for the best bath time and skincare products under $40. After testing out each product, I finally have compiled my favorites - in the perfect five step tub time experience.
|Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, $14.99; CVS Essence of Beauty Sugar Scrub, $9.99; Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, $22.50|
I also recommend the Pink Grapefruit sugar scrub from Merle Norman, if you are willing to pay a few more bucks. I live for zesty citrus scents, especially in the spring and summer time! It smells incredible and it feels even better. I honestly believe after using this scrub my skin was not only smoother but brighter and more even-toned.
It's important to also recognize that most body scrubs are to rough for our face. Acure, my favorite organic and green skincare line, has one of the best facial scrubs on the market. It's packed with natural ingredients like lemon peel and sea kelp to release impurities and gently exfoliate your face.
|Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash, $15.50; CVS Essence of Beauty Body Wash, $9.99; CVS Nivea Touch of Happiness Body Wash, $6.49|
Essence of Beauty knocks it out of the park with their minty eucalyptus wash. The wash is filled to the brim with super fruit extracts like pomegranate and acai, and it's completely all natural. This wash lathers so well. It definitely leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, and the scent keeps you feeling invigorated throughout the day.
If you haven't noticed my obsession with citrus scents... Kneipp's Enjoy Life Body Wash in Lemon. Thank you bath time gods. Not only is it the absolute perfect scent for spring and summer time, but citrus scents are actually known for improving your mood. Which is perfect for morning showers before work. And, Kneipp is just an all around incredible brand. I highly recommend any of their body washes. They feel fantastic, are super gentle, and work with natural ingredients and aromatherapy to not just enhance your body but you mind as well. Love it!
|ULTA Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, $33.00; Barneys Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo, $19; Hello Hair Hydrating Mask, $15.00|
It's a little pricey, but Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo bottle is so large, it seems to last for months. Which is a good thing, because you will never want it to run out. I actually kind of stole this bottle from my ex... Ugh, that's another story for another time... But, it's slowly become my favorite shampoo. It smells fresh and minty, and it just cleans and strengthen my hair like no other shampoo. I never feel like it dries out my hair... which a lot of drugstore shampoos do.
Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo is incredible! It's super moisturizing. I would only recommend regular use of it to someone with very dry or severally damaged hair. But, working it into your weekly bath time regimen once or twice will definitely help to keep your hair lush and healthy.
Also, consider working in some time in the tub for a hair mask, instead of just a basic conditioner, to keep your hair healthy, moisturized, thick and shiny. Hello Hair is all the rage right now! The Aussie hair mask is packed with six different oils to keep your hair in its most beauty state.
|Kneipp Enjoy Life Bath Oil, $20.00; CVS Essence of Beauty Bath Soak, $9.99; Sabon Bath Balls, $5.50|
Essence of beauty has another incredible product to add to your must-have list, their Foaming Bath Soak. Very affordable and very relaxing. It's quickly become one of my favorite bath time products. It's gently and soothing. Perfect after a long day.
After trying the Kneipp Body Wash, I was pumped to try the same scent in a bath oil. It's such a sunny, happy scent! I loved it. It left my mood upbeat and my skin soft. Unfortunately, I wasn't too into the color it left my bath water... Sitting in warm, yellow liquid. All joking aside though, the coloring would never scare me away from buying it. It's a fantastic product!
Sabon's bath balls are just so fun! I love watching them bubble up in my tub like a witch's (gorgeous, floral, sweetly scented) caldron.
|Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, $22.50; Paula's Choice Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment, $22.95; Sabon Body Butter, $18.00|
Sabon's Body Butter is just as creamy, but it's far too moisturizing for everyday use. It's a great product, but I would only use it on situational basis when you have very dry or flaky skin.
Not necessarily a body butter, Paula's Choice Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Lotion, is a great way to end a luxurious bath. It will help lock in moisture, and also smoothes and firms your skin because it stimulates collagen production.
So there you have it, all you need to for the perfect tub time! Sure you have a busy schedule and jumping in the shower is so much quicker. But, a time to relax in the bath is so important for our minds and bodies.