The Handbook - How To Guides
31 Days: Style Tips and Tricks
Volume 5

All the tips and tricks needed to shape up for 2013. Each day brings new, expert advice on how to look your best and live life to the fullest, while having a little fun doing it.

Personal Care

Take a Bath


It happened, as most enlightenments do, out in the desert. I ended up getting upgraded to a private bungalow at a fancy hotel in Palm Springs and one of the amenities was an outdoor bathtub. I hadn't taken a bath in years. Who has the time? I was a shower person—in and out and I was set. But there, in that tranquil environment, with some free time before bed, I thought it might feel nice to be naked outside for a while. I filled up that big old tub with hot water, stirred in the accompanying mineral salts, tossed off my fluffy white robe and sunk in. I inhaled a deep breath of menthol-scented steam, looked up at a dark sky dotted with stars and, in that moment, came to appreciate the restorative powers of a good bath.

And even though my tub at home isn't quite as big or as luxe or as outdoors as that one at the hotel, it still works pretty damn well. So at the end of a particularly rough day, I'll put on some good music and soak. I'm not going to go into statistics or studies about lactic acid, osmosis or lower blood pressure. It's not rocket science. Here's why you want to take a bath: In the solitude of your bathroom, surrounded by warm water, you can't help but relax and let your mind wander. The steam will open up your sinuses and loosen your muscles. You'll get a better night's sleep, wake refreshed and your skin will look better. In short, it's an easy, effective and cheap way to improve your life. Who can argue with that? Not even those impatient shower people.

- Cory Ohlendorf

Three Soaks to Try

Dr. Teal's
Epsom Salt
, $7

Epsom salt has long been recommended to relieve sore, tense muscles but this goes one better with cooling, relaxing rosemary and mint oil.


Dr. Singha's
Mustard Bath
, $12

A warming, alkaline soak (formulated with mustard seed, eucalyptus and wintergreen mint) that opens up pores and clears out sinuses.


Cold Springs Apothecary Mineral Bath Soak, $16

This immunity boosting soak mixes the comforting benefits of dead sea salts with the tonic properties of juniper berries and echinacea.






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