There’s no denying the relief that comes from a good, long soak—and the best bath salts are the key to resetting yourself mentally and physically when cortisol levels are peaking. A moody candle, slow yoga flow, and relaxing playlist can no doubt help you chill out on busy weeknights, but when your body and mind could use a total wind down (and you have the time to spare), it doesn’t get much better than drawing yourself a warm bath, sprinkling in some bath salts, and luxuriating in the water until your fingers start pruning.
The star ingredient in many of these bath salt soaks is usually some kind of mineral-rich salt—either a sea salt like Himalayan pink sea salt, or magnesium sulfate, better known as Epsom salt—to help calm tense muscles. (If your body is feeling particularly tender after a workout, try a formula that has arnica or birch bark oil for relief.)
For blends that offer specific skin-care benefits in addition to physical relaxation, look to formulas infused with essential oils like jojoba or shea butter to soothe and hydrate dry skin. Of course, there are also aromatic bath salts that trigger the senses with intoxicating notes like eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rose, and coconut oil. These are perfect for setting the mood on special occasions. (Valentine’s Day, we see you.)
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