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A Nykaa-Approved Guide To Elevate Your Bathing Routine

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Have a presentation due Monday, but the creative juices are not flowing? Feeling a little weary and maybe just a bit saturated from the all-nighters you have been pulling? Although the need for a breakthrough is pressing, you allow yourself a moment of respite and put your laptop aside to draw a bath. Water running into the tub, a few scented candles (that teleport you to your favourite holiday destination), and the fragrance of your favourite bath products (I am thinking bath bombs, essential oils) already make you feel like a weight has lifted off from your shoulders.

The double scrub-rinse ritual and the relaxing atmosphere make you lose all sense of time, making you completely engrossed in the experience (the deadlines are a ‘Tomorrow-me’ problem). Popular psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described it as ‘the pleasure, delight, creativity, and process when we are completely immersed in life'. And when you least expect it, a genius idea crosses your mind (sort of like a ‘eureka’ moment) that will propel that dormant presentation into steamy action. A mental note to self, you are back to enjoying a few more minutes of pure bubble bliss.

While the primary reason to hop into the shower or draw yourself a bath could be cleansing from head to toe, that is not the only purpose it serves. Let me explain. Bathing has long associations with spiritual health and healing— a long, relaxing ritual can help you leave all your worries at bay and relish the moment (may I suggest a nice beverage or a tub of ice cream to enhance the experience?). It’s scientifically proven that warm water during your bath calms the nerves and helps alleviate any body sores, inflammations and muscle spasms. That said, since it’s International Bath Day, we thought it would be the perfect time to throw light on bathing the right way, for well-rounded health improvement and healing— I think we could all use that, you know?

1. So Fresh, So Clean

MCaffeine Body Wash with Coffee Scrub for Exfoliation - Espresso Shower Gel

Nykaa Naturals Neem & Tulsi Purifying Bathing Soap

Start your scrub ritual with a fragrant, cleansing body wash. The MCaffeine Body Wash with Coffee Scrub for Exfoliation is extraordinary in extraction of the dead skin cells that accumulate on the epidermis. A dollop of wash on your loofah, lather your body and bask in the scent of roasted beans. If you are someone who grapples with skin concerns like blemishes and pigmentation Nykaa Naturals Neem & Tulsi Purifying Bathing Soap is your wonder-fix. This bathing bar from our in-house line is made with glycerin that cleans the deepest layers of the skin, leaving it rejuvenated and refreshed. For stronger exfoliation in the shower, The Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Kiwi Seeds and Cool Aloe is a class apart (A-loe-v-it, get it?). With this body scrub, you have a 2 in 1 solution for nourishment and lustre.

2. HEALTHY HAIR

Mamaearth Onion Shampoo For Hair Growth & Hair Fall Control

BBLUNT Repair Remedy Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Keratin & Argan Oil

There is a possibility that you are washing your hair wrong. Start with wetting your hair and running your fingers through it to make sure that its water is evenly distributed. Take 1-2 pumps (depending on your length and volume) of the shampoo in your hands and dilute it with some water. Massage your scalp and crown gently for five minutes. If you wake up to strands of hair all over your pillow, try the Mamaearth Onion Shampoo For Hair Growth & Hair Fall Control Hair Growth And Hair Fall Control. Rich in onion oil, vitamin E and plant keratin, the formulation helps reduce breakage and expedites re-growth. After massaging, wait for two minutes and rinse off the shampoo. Follow it up with your conditioner. The BBLUNT Repair Remedy Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Keratin & Argan Oil is some tender love and care in a bottle. Sporting eye-catching hair highlights but maintenance posing to be a hurdle? The Schwarzkopf Professional Bonacure pH 4.5 Color Freeze Sulfate Free Micellar Shampoo will gently cleanse your scalp with no compromise on the colour (90% hair colour retention). It also aids in combating sweat and maintains a healthy scalp. Team it up with the Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner.

3. Face-Off

Nykaa Naturals Cucumber & Aloe Vera Face Wash for Hydrated Skin

Mamaearth Ubtan Face Wash With Turmeric & Saffron For Tan Removal

Your warm cosy bath is nearing its end, but you are yet to cleanse the impurities off your face. For most of the day, your face does all the heavy lifting. And it also bears the brunt of moisture in the air, the blazing sun (that isn't allowed any time off) and the pollution. Give some much-needed love to your skin with the Nykaa Naturals Cucumber & Aloe Vera Face Wash for Hydrated Skin that will make your skin feel as cool as a cucumber this season. Take a pea-sized drop, rub it between your hands to create lather and gently massage your face. More than just purifying your skin, this face wash also does away with the residual makeup. To remove tan, try the Mamaearth Ubtan Face Wash With Turmeric & Saffron For Tan Removal.

4. The MOISTURE WRAP

Kimirica Love Story Gardenia and Night Blooming Jasmine Body Lotion

Nykaa Love Struck Stolen Glance
Body Lotion

Once out of the shower, you reach for the towel on the handle to dry yourself off, but hold on a second. Your skin is damp and pores open, apply a lotion immediately to prevent any water loss from the skin. It is the best way to create an artificial barrier intended to fight off any bacteria or viruses detrimental to the skin. If you are facing the wrath of summers, I would advise a light lotion that allows your skin to breathe like The Kimirica Love Story Gardenia and Night Blooming Jasmine Body Lotion. A lightweight, non-greasy formulation that targets hydrating the skin to make it supple. Lock in the moisture before you call it a night with the Nykaa Love Struck Talk All Night Body Lotion. With the goodness of shea butter and aloe vera, the lotion aims at deep hydration to further repair your skin.

5. Smell Good

Rexona Shower Fresh Underarm Odour Protection Roll On

Nykaa Wanderlust Fragrance Body Mist - Country Rose

Wanting to preserve the freshness from the shower is a bit of a challenge. Try the Rexona Shower Fresh Underarm Odour Protection Roll On that blocks odour. Expel any body odour and rollick the undertones of fruity, musky and woody fragrances that will make you feel confident 24/7. You may also try the NIVEA Women Deodorant Roll-On, Whitening Smooth Skin, for 48h Protection if you plan on braving the heat whilst travelling. If you are heading out with friends for a quick dinner, the Nykaa Wanderlust Fragrance Body Mist - Country Rose will bestow you with a fragrance that lingers through the day.

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