Break out the rubber ducky, not your face! Benefits of taking a bath.
Who can argue with me when I say that one of the best things to do after coming home from a long, hard day is to relax in a warm tub of water with bubbles and perhaps a soothing, fragrant aroma. Taking a bath is one of the best and preferred ways to unwind. It’s fun, calming, and good for your skin… and your overall health! Baths have proven health benefits and have been used to remedy illnesses, stress, and all sorts of ailments throughout the centuries.
Having a hot or cold bath can positively influence your body in many ways. However, just like anything else, the excess can be unfavorable and cause more bad than good. So, I’ve compiled a list of suggestions and information to help you determine just how long to soak yourself in a bath for, around what temperature, what they’re generally good for, and other tips so that you can step out of the tub looking and feeling your absolute best!
Bathing can help with dry, itchy skin
Winter and fall are well-known seasons for leaving your skin feeling dry and brittle, often cracking from the lack of moisture and scratching to soothe the itch. Try adding some finely-ground oatmeal – also known as colloidal oatmeal- to a warm bath. It will give your skin a layer of protection while also moisturizing it and soothing the dryness. The recommended time you should spend soaking in a bath in general ranges from around 10 to 30 minutes.
Taking a cold bath after a workout can help soothe the soreness
Taking cold showers or baths have been widely encouraged because they can reduce inflammation and flush the lactic acid after a high-intensity workout or strength training. It can help speed up recovery, and perhaps you won’t feel your muscles aching as much the next day after a workout.
Adding essential oils can improve your skin and your mood
Lavender, chamomile, and rose are three examples of essential oils that you can add to your bath. They help reduce anxiety, stress, and promote better sleep and relaxation. Just remember to emulsify your oil with a carrier first, such as olive oil, milk, or honey, to make sure it dissolves properly in the water. You also have to remember that not all essential oils work for a bath (peppermint is a no-no. Ouch!). Make sure to check if the oil you want to add is safe to use or not.
Be cautious of the fragrances and perfumes
Although one of the best things about taking a bath can be throwing a fruity bath bomb in there or a bubble bath mix that smells like heaven, some of the ingredients in them can do more harm than good. Certain fragrances and perfumes can dry out and irritate the skin, so make sure you choose fragrance-free or mild components when it comes to choosing what you soak your body in. The right ingredients and aftercare in the form of a skin routine will leave your face and body looking healthy and radiant!