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Immersing your body in water has been shown to be very relaxing, and therapeutic. The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps ( 10 %) , tension headaches ( 40 % ) improve muscle elasticity ( 10 % ) and skin conditions ( 70 %) . The process is similar to a massage thus beneficial for everyone from athletes to those who sit at a desk all day. It has also been said that taking a bath takes you back to a time, thus creating a comforting and relaxing environment for you . So next time you have a stressful day, draw a bath and use my tips below to create your ultimate soaking experience.
Here’s a guide to your perfect bath—because you deserve it.
Guide Tip 1 : learn to add bath salts into your water
I love finding natural remedies for my everyday use so i learnt this new trick for my relaxing. Im giving you this simple recipe to use on your next bath , use
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
Mix all ingredients together in a glass or metal bowl and add in 15 drops of oil . This can be olive oil , lavender, peppermint eucalyptus ,chamomile, sweet marjoram, rosemary, thyme, clary sage, sandalwood, juniper, ginger, frankincense, yarrow, wintergreen or vetiver. Spread the drops out until all the oils are mixed . Store in any container. When you are ready to use your salts , add about 1cup of your salts to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes or so. You can try your own combinations with the other oils i mentioned above .
Guide tip 2 : ExfoliateExfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from your skin's surface thus leaving an overall healthy appearance of our skin. Exfoliating can be done on any skin surface, be it your legs, arms, body but not face. ( remember me next time on this).There are a couple different methods of exfoliating. The most common are two in reality even though you might have read about more types on the news , but there are not. The two are these: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation.The alpha hydroxy acids,( chemical) are used to remove any uglies and any dead skin . This type of ingredients is commonly found in skin cleansing lotions, exfoliating creams and face masks. They dissolve any flakes of cells, allowing them to be washed away and leaving only the fresh new skin behind.Physical exfoliation works quite like sanding down a rough surface, in that a coarse material is used to remove unwanted roughness until only the smooth surface is left. That's why many coarse, granular ingredients like sugar work so well as exfoliantsHow you exfoliate your body?Brush your skin before getting into the shower. You can use either a loofah, exfoliating gloves or a brush.
Get into the bath or shower and wet your entire body.
Apply exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or exfoliating brush or gloves.
Scrub your body with it, using gentle, circular motions.
I’ve never really been a “bath person” (whatever that means). Yes i’ve lived in houses and apartments with bathrooms, hm like what am i, but i always had lame baths. . So I guess because taking a bath the traditional standing style only makes most of us feel good is because its a little more luxurious.
My occasional once a week bath has now turned into more of a daily habit. I now proudly admit that I’m in that bath almost nightly. Even at times when I get home after midnight I can’t resist the urge! It seems to be the perfect way to calm down.Last night I arrived home after 6 morning and headed straight to the bathroom to get my hot bath started. Fifteen minutes later I found myself lying in the water feeling all heavenly and relaxed watching the steam rise out of the water, and then thinking …I wonder if these regular baths are healing for my body? Or are they actually bad? I mean, it must do something to your skin lying in hot water like that for a good 20 minutes. right?I questioned my doctor about saunas recently before i started this article and he told me that the heat in saunas (and therefore baths too) can actually take the energy out of your body. So this is why you feel beautifully relaxed after a sauna or bath- a chunk of your energy has been taken away with that heat. He did say that they can be very healing and detoxing, but its only true for the robust body types, and unfortunately, that does not include me. He said the reason why I experienced a “anxious crisis” after my series of over heated saunas ( yes saunas can get over heated, so try a 50 degree bath ) recently was because my body is too weak for such strong detoxing cleanses. Hmm, definitely something for me to think about.There is also the issue with the temperature of the water drying out your skin. The hotter the water the more drying it is so it’s better for your skin if the water is an even hot/cold temperature. Unfortunately I only get that amazing heavenly feeling when I step into a very hot bath. True my skin has been a lot dryer because of this .On the plus side, after a bath I’m usually more relaxed and I tend to sleep better. So if you’re highly strung or stressed then perhaps the relaxation of a bath outweighs the possible negative effects. Ive been always high on health and I’m lucky to have it, but it has been a tad stressful lately with the workload so the relaxing baths have definitely been a good addition to help me relax at the end of the day.
note, the percentages are a small part of the whole so it should not really add up to 100 percent