You’d be mistaken for thinking a whirl of Imperial Leather will cut the mustard these days – in fact, taking a bath has become something of an art form. There are books, articles, and reams of Instagram posts sharing #bathinspo set-ups to get you in the mood. Here, we celebrate the restorative ritual as we explore the science behind bath-time, along with the practices and products to take your bath to the next level.
Having a bath is so much more than simply cleaning your body. It’s a ritual that encourages you to pause, breathe, reflect, read, listen and simply be. It gives us license to check in with our body and mind, often without distractions. But what are the real physical and psychological benefits of a bath? Author of The Bath Project, Dr Barbara Kubicka, explains “bathing has a long history of treating different skin ailments and medical conditions, such as high blood pressure and immune deficiencies. It’s renowned for reducing toxins and stimulating blood circulation which helps reduce stress, fatigue and inflammation. By increasing and lowering our body temperature after bathing, it helps our mind to relax and fall asleep, making it the best natural solution for insomnia.”