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Up The Ante on Bathtime Self-Care With These Must-Try Products

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It’s become almost quaint to think of a bath as a way to get clean. While that is still a benefit, the bathtub is now mostly coveted for its ability to turn any bathroom into an at-home spa day experience, particularly when coupled with rejuvenating add-ons like salts, scrubs, and soaks. What’s more, The Danes, one of the happiest populations in the world, consider baths as essential to hygge – that feeling of warmth, comfort, calm and pleasure that emanates from the simplest things.

Up ahead, we dip our toes into some of our favorite bath time wellness products for a DIY spa day that promises head-to-toe relaxation. From milk baths and muscle soaks to botanical bubbles and invigorating exfoliation, have a peek at our must-have essentials for making the most of your bath time ritual. 

  1. Anything Coconut: Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak
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    Anything Coconut: Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak

    A bath is hardly worth its weight in water if it isn’t spiked with some kind of deliciousness. In such situations, coconut is always called for. The anti-inflammatory properties of this coconut-scented wonder will help calm your skin and mind—the addition of vanilla stills your thoughts, relieving anxiety and restlessness. We feel better already.

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  2. The Damage Control Shampoo: R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo
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    The Damage Control Shampoo: R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo

    More coconut—this time for your hair. This clarifying shampoo removes product buildup from dry shampoo, styling sprays and gels. The moisturizing formula—including coconut oil—makes your hair silkier, while also repairing damage.

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  3. The Quick-Drying Turban: AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
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    The Quick-Drying Turban: AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

    If you want to keep your head dry during the bath, do it with style. If you want to dunk your head under water, reach for this turban after you step out of the tub. It speeds drying time and reduces frizz and breakage when you wrap it around wet hair. It’s made of soft and ultra-absorbent material, and has a clever a button-loop closure to hold it in place.

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  4. An Exfoliating Dry Brush: Dermstore Collection Dry Brush Exfoliator With Handle
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    An Exfoliating Dry Brush: Dermstore Collection Dry Brush Exfoliator With Handle

    Dry brushing has existed for centuries, though that hasn’t stopped Instagram influencers from embracing it with gusto. This pre-bath ritual has gained a lot of hype in recent years for its unmatched ability to exfoliate the surface of the skin, improve circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, and help with pesky ingrown hairs (read: exfoliation). This dry brush is made with sisal fibers that provide a customized brush — from light to more intense exfoliation — that sloughs away dead skin cell buildup and promotes softer, smoother skin.

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  5. A Muscle Relaxing Bath Soak: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak
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    A Muscle Relaxing Bath Soak: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak

    Working out is essential to health, and so is recovery. This muscle soaker is the reward at the end of the jumping jack. It’s loaded with sea salt to de-stress, along with juniper oil to soothe. The additional lavender, rosemary, thyme and chamomile fill the room with lovely, relaxing scents.

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  6. A Bedtime Duo: Indie Lee Sleep Soak
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    A Bedtime Duo: Indie Lee Sleep Soak

    This bedtime bath soak moonlights as a body scrub with a combination of relaxing dead sea and Himalayan salts elevated with lavandin, lavender, patchouli, vetiver, and Moroccan chamomile essential oils to help you unwind and relax at the end of the day. Its deep soothing, aromatherapeutic blend encourages a sense of peacefulness to support a well-needed, good night’s sleep. 

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  7. Raise the Bar: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe
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    Raise the Bar: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe

    With all the bath gels and fine-milled scrubs, all the elaborate bombs and cleansers, bar soap almost seems retro. Not this bar soap. It’s loaded with tea tree oil and organic aloe vera to bloom with a lather that will leave your skin soft to the touch.

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  8. A Tension Reliever: Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes
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    A Tension Reliever: Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flakes

    A bath time ritual is already ultra-calming and relaxing. And, with added magnesium flakes, you can increase that experience tenfold. For a more therapeutic soak, reach for these magnesium bath flakes, which can help release feelings of stiffness and soreness in the body with the added warmth of sweet birch oil for increased invigoration and uplifting sensations.

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  9. A Rosey Body Scrub: Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish
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    A Rosey Body Scrub: Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish

    Add glowing skin to your list of bath time benefits with the use of a gentle body polish exfoliation. This one from Herbivore Botanicals is enhanced with coconut oil proteins for nourished skin, Moroccan rose to keep signs of aging at bay and protect against cellular damage, and pink clay for skin detoxification and light exfoliation that leaves skin feeling supple, soft, and smooth. 

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Beauty Reporter

Jessie Quinn

Jessie Quinn is a writer and editor with work published in NYLON Magazine, StyleCaster.com, Girlboss.com, Marvel.com, and more. She is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Journalism. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Brooklyn—her home for the last five years. In Jessie’s free time, you can find her creating content for her beauty blog, Hair Skin Kale, testing out DIY beauty recipes, exploring her neighborhood, or binge-watching episodes of Friends. Her background in fashion has taught her that beautiful skin never goes out of style. Follow her on Instagram.