Ladies. A long soak isn’t just a luxury worth Instagramming (legs up, show the candle and your book…you classy). It’s a part of a healthy lifestyle. I kid you not, there are amazing benefits of taking baths. Break out the bubbles and bubbly!
Amazing Benefits of Taking Baths
Opens The Pores
A nice warm soak is great for opening up the pores and cleaning out any debris. Think of a nice steam room. Great for releasing toxins.
A warm bath (not hot) is very moisturizing to the skin. It opens pores and moisture is more easily absorbed. Once you get out, immediately use your favorite oil or lotion to seal in the effect.
A long sock is great for reducing stress and anxiety. Even the Miami traffic for 10 minutes is enough reason to merit a nice soak.
Soothe Dry or Itchy Skin
Nothing like a bath can soothe itchy or dry winter skin. When I was pregnant I had Pupps. A full blown pregnancy itchy rash. I couldn’t take anything for it because that’s not allowed when you’re pregnant. The itchiness was so intense I spent so much time in the bath at night while my husband was sleeping when the itching was always at it’s worse.
Add some oatmeal and it’s even great for psoriasis itch.
Dropping your body temperature signals the body to produce melatonin to induce sleep. Cool sheets help, but a warm bath before bed helps even more. It temporarily increases your body temperature and then after slowly lower with the cool air, telling your body it’s sleeping time.
Help to Balance your hormones
Chronic fatigue syndrome and some fertility issues can be helped by bathing in colder temperatures. Hormones released by the pituitary gland such as adrenocorticotropic hormone or ACTH and other hormones such as beta-endorphin and cortisol can become more balanced. Alternatively, warm water bathing can increase levels of serotonin, which is the chemical produced by the brain associated with happiness and well-being. (source)
Taking a bath right before bed it a great way to unwind and lower your core body temperature. Lowering your body temperature signals the body to produce melatonin which induces sleep. A warm bath will increase your body temperature and then when you are exposed to the cool air, it will slowly lower triggering this response.
Get To The Comments
What do you use in your bath to unwind and gain health benefits? Essential oils? Scented candles? Let me know your bath rituals.