Now more than ever, we need baths.
Centuries of bathing rituals can’t be wrong; a warm bath does wonders for the mind, body and soul. Research has shown that a soak in the tub can help promote better sleep, keep your skin looking its best, improve your mood, lower your risk for heart disease, and soothe body aches.
“It relaxes the skin tissues so your skin looks smoother, more hydrated, and it brings the blood to the surface to help skin cell renewal,” says Hannah Lammiman, Lush Spa Treatment developer and well-being guru. “It’s great for your mind too, it’s about stepping down your thoughts and just being immersed by the water around you.”
To reap all those skincare and self-care benefits, Lush recommends a bath at a temperature just above 37°C+ (our body temperature), in the evening, for at least 15 minutes.
As to what goes into the water and your skin for the ultimate relaxation experience, the all-natural, cruelty-free beauty company has recently dropped its holiday collection consisting of more than 80 items, including 12 utterly adorable bath bombs and over 40 gift options to help us wash away a murky year. What makes a gift from Lush all the more special is the brand’s commitment to sustainability: about half of its products can be taken home “naked”, or without any packaging. And when packaging is unavoidable, recycled materials are priority.
For Christmas, Lush is releasing a range of Soap Stacks, which has two soaps and a pretty Tenugui Knot Wrap that can be used as a scarf or a hand towel, as well as Soap and Dish Sets, which contains a unique marbled dish handmade by Granby Workshop in Liverpool using 70% recycled white clay. If you wish to have your naked goodies gift-packed, know that only recycled paper and ribbons are used.
From a gold-dusted hippo bath bomb to reusable bubble bar in the shape of a candy cane, click through the gallery below to see our picks of Lush’s holiday 2020, and may a blissful, rejuvenating pampering session await you.
(Main and featured image: The Art of Christmas Bathing gift set; all images courtesy of Lush)