A Love Letter to Baths

Bathing used to be such a chore. As a child, I would dread the interruption that a bath caused. The time of evening when you knew the day was over and you had to pack your toys away, have a bath and go to bed. A bath signalled the end of playtime and I’m not sure that seven year old me really understood the satisfaction of a good soak.

My love affair with bathing began in my first year of university, when bathing was suddenly something that could only happen when I was at home. So every Christmas, Easter or odd weekend at home would involve a bath a day, as though I was soaking up all of those good bath feelings to carry me through the next term. But my heart still longed for a bath of my own.

Fast forward to last year, living with six other girls and a shared bathtub between the two of us living in the basement. It was cracked, it was dingy but it was a bathroom with a bath in it and I was in my element. My bath haven saw me through lonely living in a six-person house, finding my winter boots covered in mould and unwearable and a particularly hectic nursing placement. It also acted as a treat on the good days, the day I got 100% in my drug calculation exam, the end of previously mentioned nursing placement and many a bath when it was just me in the house, Katy Perry blaring through Spotify.

Having since moved from this house, I now have a nice, clean bath and living with just my boyfriend, I don’t feel the need to get away from everything quite so often. But baths are still my safe haven, the only place I go when things are getting on top of me.

How To Have The Perfect Bath:

  • Run the bath, really hot. You want it so warm that when you get in you’re not sure whether the water is hot or cold because your skin is confused. (Obviously don’t scold yourself, test it first).
  • Make it fun! Use bubblebath, Lush products, anything that’ll make it more exciting. Personally I’m a fan of bubbles but don’t like spending too much on bath products so I usually opt for something by Baylis & Harding.
  • Turn on Netflix, play some chilled music, take a book in to read or just enjoy the silence. This bath is YOUR time.
  • Once you’ve suitably soaked and your finger tips are going all crinkly, it’s time to return to reality, but not before you’ve moisturised. I used to be so lazy with moisturising and I hate the greasy feeling most of them leave on your hands, but Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is now my absolute go to. The scent lasts for ages and it’s one of the few body lotions that doesn’t make my skin itchy.

Are you a bath lover? Or do you hate the idea of ‘soaking in your own filth’? (delightful phrase there) Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x


Skincare Saviours

It’s a bit of a different post from me today because whilst I love makeup and skincare, I don’t know an awful lot about it to be writing about. But I really wanted to share some of the products I absolutely love right now because I’ve finally got a skincare regime that I love and that works for me.

I cannot remember a time when my skin wasn’t dry and I wasn’t desperately trying every skincare product in the universe to find something that wouldn’t dry it out even more. I thought a simple washing my face and moisturising regime would work fine for me, and I was so irritated when I still had spots and itchy patches and dryness everywhere.

So I finally decided to invest in some skincare. It’s been a lot of trial and error but at long last I’ve found THE ONE. So here’s my current skincare regime which has cleared up my spots, evened out years of mild scarring and stopped my skin from being as dry as the Sahara.

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Clearing Facial Wash £6

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Clearing Mattifying Toner £6

I’ve never really been a fan of the scent of Tea Tree but it’s definitely growing on me. The wash and toner come from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range which is really affordable and (I think) has been the most succesful in terms of my skincare regime. I use an exfoliating sponge for the facial wash which gets rid of any dead skin and makes my skin feel much smoother than it has before. The toner is equally wonderful and it’s definitely helped to get rid of acne scarring that I’ve had for years.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £49.50

This seems to be one of everyone’s holy grail products and I totally understand why. It’s so good to just pop on before your moisturiser at bed time and your skin will wake up so happy.

Lancôme Absolue Premium BX £115

The price of this makes me want to cry. Luckily, I got a pretty reasonably sized sample in a gift box for Christmas but this definitely isn’t something I’ll be repurchasing. Honestly, I sort of feel like moisturiser is moisturiser so I can’t see any reason to buy one that costs £100. This is a really nice product but it doesn’t feel much different to other moisturisers that I’ve used, however I would like to try another cheaper Lancôme one. I use this moisturiser day and night (I’m too lazy to have a separate day and night cream!). It’s sinks into my skin really nicely without sitting on my skin for too long which is really useful for when you’re in a rush to do your makeup. It also leaves my skin really nicely moisturised when I wake up in the morning which is truly the dream for someone who has never woken up with soft skin. If you know any alternatives that are similar to the Absolue Premium then let me know because I’d love to find one.

What are your skin saviours? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x