Romanticise your bath time with a soothing bubble bath

So, I live in Lagos, and you know what that means- hustle and bustle, heat and sweat, juggling many tasks while trying to stay sane. Most times, I look forward to the long sigh of relief when I finally get home after a long day. But I have a secret routine that melts the day’s stress- a relaxing and soothing bubble bath.

In our hectic everyday life, moments of tranquillity are important, and it’s easy to forget the simplest things to help us relax better. What if I told you that a simple soak in a bath aids relaxation while giving you some skincare benefits? If you don’t see the point of a good bubble bath time already, I guarantee you’ll be a convert after reading this.

Bubble bath after a long day- Marie Claire Nigeria
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What is a bubble bath?

A bubble bath is more than just a dip in warm water. It’s a sensory experience that engages your mind and body. Picture this: after a long, tiring day, you sink into a tub filled with frothy bubbles, releasing a symphony of scents that instantly calms your senses. As you recline, the bubbles cradle you in a cocoon of stillness, and your ordinary bath becomes a luxurious escape.

The main thing you need to achieve this is a high-quality bubble bath solution or bath bomb. The magical bubbling effect in bath solutions or bath bombs is by a key ingredient known as a surfactant. Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension of water, allowing it to mix easily with oils and other substances. 

Common surfactants in bubble baths include sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, which work by interacting with both water and oils, creating a frothy lather of bubbles. Additionally, some bath bombs may contain ingredients like baking soda and citric acid. These react with water to produce carbon dioxide gas, contributing to the lively fizz and bubble formation. 

Bubble bath is a luxurious way to relax
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What makes the perfect bubble bath?

Begin by filling your bathtub with warm water, ensuring the temperature is soothing for your muscles to relax.  Warm water is particularly beneficial for skin care, promoting better absorption of moisturisers and enhancing overall skin health.

Once your tub fills with water to your satisfaction, it’s time to introduce the magic of bubbles. Start with a high-quality bubble bath solution or bath bomb. These products infuse the water with delightful scents and create a rich, foamy lather that adds an opulent touch to your bath. You can choose extra scents that appeal to your senses, be it the calming lavender or the zesty citrus. Pour a generous amount of the bubble bath solution into the running water, then step in, allowing the bubbles to multiply and dance around you.

Finally, ensure you have ample time to really indulge; after all, the key to a perfect bubble bath lies not just in the ingredients but in the art of slowing down, unwinding, and immersing yourself in the moment of self-care.

Bubble baths are good for your mental health
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Bubble baths are great for your mental health 

You might be thinking, “All of this for what?” You should know that these indulgent soaks are a powerful tool for mental health. As you soak in the warm water, your muscles relax, tension melts away, and stress dissipates. The rhythmic sound of bubbles popping creates a hypnotic ambience, lulling your mind into a state of serenity.

Immersing yourself in a bubble bath is a form of mindfulness, allowing you to be present in the moment and let go of the day’s worries. The essential oils often present in bubble bath products provide a delightful aroma, contributing to a soothing aromatherapy session that uplifts your mood and calms your mind.

This practice has been linked to reduced anxiety and improved sleep, making it a simple yet effective self-care strategy for overall well-being.

Bubble baths have skincare benefits
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Skincare benefits of a bubble bath

Beyond the indulgence, bubble baths offer beauty-enhancing skincare benefits such as: 

Gentle cleansing: The bubbles in a bubble bath serve as a gentle cleanser to effectively remove impurities from your skin and leave it feeling refreshed.

Soft and supple skin: The cleansing action of the bubbles makes your skin soft and supple, enhancing the overall texture and feel.

Nourishing ingredients: Many bubble bath products often contain shea butter and essential oils, which nourish and hydrate the skin. These components promote a healthy and radiant complexion.

Hydration boost: The warm water in a bubble bath helps open up your pores, allowing the skin to absorb moisture effectively. This hydration boost also contributes to a more plump and revitalised appearance.

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How to create the perfect atmosphere for your bubble bath

To truly elevate your bubble bath experience, set the stage with the perfect atmosphere by including the following: 

Dim the lights: Lowering the lights in your bathroom creates a calming ambience. Consider using candles or soft, adjustable lighting to set the mood for relaxation.

Scented candles: Light one or two aromatic candles to infuse a delightful scent into the air. Choose scents like lavender, chamomile, or eucalyptus for a soothing effect that complements your bubble bath.

Background music: Play soft and soothing music in the background to enhance the overall atmosphere. Opt for instrumental or soft classical tunes to create a tranquil environment that promotes relaxation.

Comfortable seating: Make your bath time even more comfortable by adding a cushion or a bath pillow. It allows you to relax fully and enjoy your bubble bath without discomfort.

Fluffy robe or warm towels: Have a soft and plush robe ready, or prepare warm, fluffy towels to wrap yourself in after your bath. Wrapping yourself in a cosy robe or towel adds to the luxurious feel of your self-care ritual.

Bath tray or caddy: Consider using a bath tray or caddy to keep your essentials within reach. The tray should have space for a book or tablet holder, your favourite beverage, and additional pampering items.

Reading material: Bring a book or magazine to enjoy during your bath. Reading can be a great way to unwind and escape into a different world while soaking in the soothing bubbles.

So, the next time you feel the world’s weight on your shoulders, you know what to do! Indulge in the simple luxury of a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, and relax. Everything will be fine. 

What are your favourite break-time rituals?


  • Omotola Saba

    Hi, Omotola here, the human form of the 100 Emoji and the fashion and beauty writer at Marie Claire Nigeria. She started writing for fun and merged it with her love for fashion, and beauty. She's mostly at home, picking up yet another new hobby, scrolling through pinterest, laughing with her family or at dad jokes, or sleeping.

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