By Zinhlezonke Zikalala; photograph by James Garaghty
Stiff neck, back, shoulders?
Soaking in a warm bath at the end of a long, tiring day can be the greatest feeling ever. But it’s not all about the down-time. By simply adding certain products to the water, you can: help your body restore balance, fight off illness, ease the tension in sore muscles (um, yes please!), prep your mind and bod for a good night’s beauty sleep, and more.
The low-down on the method
Certain ingredients, when added to our bath water, are actually detoxifying. Essentially, they’re helping your body remove toxins it’s exposed to on a daily basis in form of pesticides, heavy metals, flame retardants and general air pollution. They also serve as a powerful remedy to sore muscles and act to energise the body.
Products to ease the eina
Here’s one we love: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak, R875 (available at Absolute Skin). It’s essential if you’re into sports, since the deep-heat, aroma-therapeutic remedy is a powerful antidote to aching muscles. The energising and warming extracts of birch, juniper, clove, alpine lavender, wild thyme and blue chamomile, combined with mineral-rich sea salt, ease tired muscles and recharge the body. Bonus: This one’s great for both men and women!
Next up is Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel, R760 (available at Absolute Skin). This multifunctional revitaliser combines soothing extracts of arnica, birch and witch hazel with cooling camphor and menthol, offering immediate relief to tired legs and muscle tension, especially across the neck, shoulders, temples and forehead. And the results are instant.
Once the muscle tension is taken care of, the detox action can begin. Filorga Detox Body Treatment, R605 (available at Absolute Skin) nourishes your bod and drains it of toxic properties. Used in combination, you should feel ready for your next work day (with a hard sweat sesh thrown in) – pain- and toxin-free.
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