Time to break out the bubbly

Relax in a soothing bath and pamper winter-worn skin at the same time... beauty's never been so relaxing

Lynda Moorhead

Ignored for the most part during the warmer summer months, it's at this time of the year that bathtubs get the most action.

> Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath, €7.49, at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum, and Boots.

There are times when nothing but a towering cloud of bubbles atop your bath water will do. Calm One Calm All produces loads of spectacularly long-lasting suds to keep your inner five-year-old happy and contains moisturisers to help condition skin. A little goes a really long way, too, making it great value for the price.

> St Tropez Tan Detox Bath Oil, €31, at pharmacies and department stores.

Most of us allow our bodycare beauty routines to slide a little as temperatures head south; the state of my own unshaven legs is liable to land me a spot in Dublin Zoo any day now.

For anyone who is less than vigilant about exfoliation in winter -- and bearing in mind that a certain party season is in full swing -- St Tropez Tan Detox will remove any lingering vestiges of patchy, worn-off false tan while you relax in the bath. It's a blend of lavender, lemon and hazelnut oils that will leave skin soft, silky-smooth (well, assuming you've been doing a better job of keeping up with hair removal than myself) and perfectly prepped for tan application the following night.

> VOYA Lazy Days seaweed bath, €16, at House of Fraser, Dundrum, selected spas nationwide, and online at www.voya.ie.

You won't -- ever -- catch me plunging into the depths of the Forty Foot and I've yet to make it over to the seaweed baths in Strandhill, Co Sligo, but I very much like the idea of harnessing some of the goodness of the ocean in my own bathtub. VOYA is an Irish brand that's grown out of the aforementioned Strandhill baths, which are a family-run operation.

This box of hand-harvested certified organic seaweed has detoxifying properties and rehydrates in water to soothe, moisturise, and purify the skin.