Baths are wildly popular with kids. The splishing. The splashing. The adorable little rubber duckies.
But as a busy grownup with a job, bills to pay and a schedule to keep, you may not feel like you have the luxury of soaking in the tub until your fingers get all pruney. Maybe you’re not anti-bath. But it’s just not your top priority.
So, you jump in the shower. You do what you gotta do. You towel off and move on with your day. But you’re missing out. Because a relaxing bath can really do you some good.
Baths shouldn’t be an everyday thing. But if you can carve out 10 or 15 minutes for a bath just once or twice a week, you may find it makes a difference in your overall health.
Taking the Plunge: Reasons Baths Are Good for You
- Clean and exfoliate
OK, so maybe your main focus here is to get your body clean. We hear you. And bathing can get the job done in more ways than one. That’s because baths give your skin some time to soften, so as you’re scrub-a-dubbing, you get the added benefit of exfoliation.
That’s great for keeping your skin silky smooth and a perfect time for a close shave. What’s more, the warm water opens up your pores. That flushes out the grime that builds up over the day and lets your soap really get in and do its job. Using our Mineral Sea Salt scrubs, infused with essential oils, in a whipped shea butter soap base does wonders for your skin.
- Improve your mental and emotional health
Picture it: Soothing music, a good book, a candle burning in your favorite scent. Done right, a bath can be the ultimate in self-care — something many people just don’t do enough of. Self-care isn’t about being selfish or neglecting others. It’s about taking time to respect your own needs.
Self-care relieves stress. You probably think of stress as an emotional burden, and it is. But it’s also toxic for your body. Some research studies also suggest that a type of warm bath therapy may have positive effects on people living with depression. Warm baths are linked to decreases in stress hormones and more balanced serotonin levels, which help regulate mood. For maximum relaxation, close the door and say “no” to endless interruptions. We infuse our Sea Salt Crystals and Mineral Salt Scrubs with pure Essential Oils with all the benefits of aromatherapy, from relaxation to mood boosting.
- Sleep tight
At least one study shows that taking a warm shower or bath before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better. Throughout the day, your core body temperature fluctuates a bit. That’s normal. For ideal sleep, your temperature needs to drop about two or three degrees. And while it might seem like taking a bath gets you all warm and cozy and, therefore, increases your temperature, it’s actually the opposite.
As your body warms up in the bath, it brings your blood to the surface. That means your heat is pulled from your core. That lowers your body temperature and promotes relaxation and sleep. Baths also create a good environment for meditation, thought and escape from everyday stressors. Promoting relaxation helps you let go of things that can keep you awake as you try to wind down. For your best sleep, try a 10- or 15-minute bath about an hour or two before bed.
- Soothe your aching muscles and joints
There’s a reason just about every sports movie shows athletes hanging out in a big metal bathtub in the locker room after the big game. Soaking in a warm bath can help with muscle soreness and tension. Taking care of your achy muscles will help you get through your day with less pain. That means more range of motion and improved ability to exercise. Win-win. Our Mineral Sea Salt Crystals are blended with a hefty addition of Epsom Salts and Essential Oils!
Baths done right.
Now before you run to the tub and turn your bath on full blast, let’s set a few ground rules for maximum benefit:
- Don’t take a bath every day: Daily baths can dry out your skin by ridding your body of its natural oils. Try for baths no more than twice a week. Shower between bath days.
- Use warm (not hot) water: Some people may experience dizziness or weakness when the temperature is too hot. Keep the tub temp under 104 F.
- Enjoy, but don’t linger: As a general rule of thumb, 10 or 15 minutes is just about right. Stick around long enough for your fingers and toes to just start to wrinkle, not much more.
- Don’t forget to moisturize: Bathing and showering can rinse the natural oils out of your skin, leaving your skin tight and dry. Using lotion after a bath can keep your skin hydrated.
- Keep your tub clean: A dirty tub can be counterproductive. After all, you can’t really get clean if you’re soaking in a pool of dirt and grime. Keep your tub clean by spraying it each week with a bleach cleaner to kill off any lingering bacteria.
Enjoy the snow and take care of your well-being this month!