Everyone wants to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but that just isn’t possible for most of us. Even if you don’t make millions, though, you can still live a page from the life of Gwyneth Paltrow, one of the most openly aloof and “snobby” celebrities of our era. Rather than gilding her home and living a wild party life, however, Paltrow makes her lifestyle all about health, wellness, and comfort. Even if you don’t use the same products she does, you can definitely improve your self-care by following Paltrow’s evening habits.
It’s All about the Bath
Once upon a time, Gwyneth Paltrow lived in England, and she picked up a deep and abiding love for nightly baths. This quirk stayed with her even after she left Great Britain’s chilly shores, and it’s the heart of her nightly routine. Although her work life is probably pretty different from most of ours, she does have kids, and she knows what it’s like to juggle career and family time. Still, she takes time every day to relax, replenish, and rejuvenate herself physically and mentally. Baths are one of those rare treats that can do a lot for your skin while helping you rebalance mentally at the same time. It’s like a watery meditation.
Find your own special bath blends. If you don’t trust your own creative instincts, experiment with different salts and essential oils. If you do trust your instincts, though, collect and concoct your own mixtures that smell and work best for you. You may find different blends benefit you more on different days. Just look at essential oils. Lavender, sandalwood, and peppermint evoke very different moods and physical reactions.
Bath time can double as nightly facial routine time. Instead of standing over a sink while you exfoliate, you can relax in the bath. It’s less messy, and you’ll have more patience to let the product do its work. This is a great time to apply special masks and let them sit. It feels weird to just move around your home with product all over your face, and sitting on the toilet seat is boring and uncomfortable. By using masks in the bath, you will deal with much less temptation to scrub it off early.
Paltrow’s skincare style is all about luxurious comfort. Embrace this concept and make your baths not only regular, but special. Find candles you enjoy, and remember to avoid artificial scents. Buying one or two products with all-natural scents every month or so won’t break the bank, even if you have limited resources. Engage all of your senses. Maybe you want your bath to be totally silent apart from the sound of water, or maybe you want quiet music or nature sounds in the background. Find what relaxes you and try it. If you really want to step up your nightly relaxation session, buy a nice, soft robe and a couple nice towels. These will help you preserve and continue the serenity you found in the bath.
Maybe we can’t live a celebrity’s lifestyle, but we can adopt a few luxurious habits. It may take a little schedule shuffling, but dedicating regular bath time to yourself every night is well worth the effort. You’ll feel better, look better, and move just a little bit closer to your dream lifestyle.