Compared with the rest of our living space, the time we spend in our bathrooms is precious yet powerful. A morning shower can be a sensorial pep-talk; our nighttime skincare a 3-minute lullaby. Overall, it allows us to connect with ourself and check each inch of our body. (For a parent, I have been told, it is the only room you can…actually be alone in.) It is only natural to make the space as a Zen-Zone to up the self-care quotient. Here are some typs what we have been doing since the lock-down to make the bathroom a little bit more zen.
Add Some Plants
Of course, as a plant lover, plants need to be added to the bathroom as well. A little greenery makes your bathroom look more pleasing to the eye, and it can also help certain plants to thrive. Air plants and calathea love the extra moisture in the air and can tolerate the indirect light or low light. My favourite are Peace Lilys, Aloe Vera, Air Plants and ferns as they do really well in a bathroom setting and enjoy the humidity in the air. They not only bring a pop of colour but they are also pleasing to the eye making you feel more relaxed from within. Another tip, to hang dried eucalyptus from your shower-head for a nice relaxing scent while showering. Just close your eyes, and you are transporting miles away from the moment.
Clear the Air
As we have learned in our last post, we need to watch the level of our indoor pollution. Unfortunately, in our traditional shampoos there are ingredients we want to avoid. Everyone knows the Herbel Essence rainforest commercial producing a huge amount of foam. As the more the merrier as only when we are covered in foam from top to toe, we are actually squeaky clean. Unfortunately, the truth looks quite different. The ingredient in most shower gels and shampoos that produces the foam is called SLS (Sodium laureth sulfate) – it is a surfactant and rather irritating to our naturally skin barrier. It can dry out the skin barrier and cause other skin irritation. Research is yet not conclusive if it is causing certain health conditions that have been claimed. When you research SLS please make sure you look at the latest research and no older than 2-4 years. To be safe than sorry, look for natural alternatives! It might require getting used to it as the natural space is still a few years behind producing such a foamy experience but there are yet some nice alternatives when it comes to shower gels. Most brands don’t have your health on their mind but rather their bottom line.