Let’s take a look at our typical daily ritual for skin wellness and how we can make the quick shower something more than an obligatory three-minute splash.
Apparently, these days, the average person hops in the shower once or twice a day – typically after waking or before sleeping. Cleansing ourselves by taking a shower or having a bath has become a very private affair, but it wasn’t always so; in the ancient world, bathing was more of a ritual and is still considered so in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Ancient Romans would gather at bathhouses which were considered the center of social and cultural gatherings. And even today, in Japanese culture, bathing is a cherished occasion where almost every household has a room dedicated to only a bathtub and shower.
A hot bath or long shower can do wonders for relaxing muscles, reducing stress, and aiding better sleep. It’s easy to imagine how that coupled with good conversation and great company, communal would keep the Romans healthy.
But, with the hustle and bustle of work life these days, how do we make shower time more than a mere splash? While most of us probably aren’t all that comfortable doing it as the Romans did, we can still take steps to turn a customarily quick splash into more of an unhurried affair to be enjoyed. And summer, with us baring more sensual skin during vacation, and heatwaves, is a good time to change our bathing routines to keep up the well-being it brings later in the year. Here are some tips for skin wellness
5 Bathing Ritual Tips for Skin Wellness:
Make it a ritual
Just like most of us have a morning ritual, usually consisting of having a cup of coffee, nutritious breakfast, and meditation – making bathing a ritual is just as important.
Instead of fumbling around trying to remember where you put your body brush, epsom salt, or exfoliator, keep your supplies together in one spot ready to use.
Clear and beautify your space
If you’re like most people, you probably have a few skin and body care products cluttering your counter space. To create a more relaxing room, clear the clutter and instead tastefully decorate your room with healing plants and candles.
Another nice touch is to remove any plastic shower curtain you may have, and instead replace it with an organic hemp or organic canvas curtain. See also our tips for turning your bath- or shower room into a home spa.
Scrub first, soak after
Borrowing from Japanese tradition, hop in the shower first and scrub your body with a natural exfoliant. This stimulation can help combat dry flaky skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and help to prevent pesky spider veins.
After thoroughly rinsing off your scrub, you can step into a steamy hot tub filled with healing epsom salt, with a clean body. Just keep in mind, if you’re doing your ritual in the evening, hot water acts as a sympathetic nervous system stimulator (The Japanese Bath – Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2001). This will increase the secretion of adrenaline and might wake you up, so in the evening it’s best to keep the water lukewarm.
Zorba the Greek author, Nikos Kazantzakis, once remarked “I feel unsurpassed happiness… I have overcome impatience, nervousness, haste. I enjoy every single second of these simple moments I spend. Happiness, I think, is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.” in a journal he kept about taking part in a traditional Japanese bath ritual.
Massage your body
…or better yet, get your partner to give you a post bath massage. After soaking for a few minutes (or longer if you can manage it) in a warm tub, indulge in a massage with organic oils. Massages can further help to relieve stress, improve blood circulation, detox your body, and so much more.