Did you know that the ancient Greeks enjoyed the occasional recreation bath as well? Even though it looked much different than our modern edition, they knew something about relaxation, and Greece is thought to be the birthplace of what’s now known as spas.
Stepping into a warm bubble bath is a welcoming activity after a stressful week. But should you just run the warm water and hope for the best? How can you create a relaxing bath that leaves you feeling less stressed?
If you’re looking for advice on how to have the perfect bath, keep reading!
Health Benefits of Soaking
If you’ve ever taken a bath before, you know how luxurious they can be. But did you know it also offers health benefits?
Some of the benefits stem from what you put in the bath itself, but simply soaking in warm water can fight pain, reduce illness, and get your blood moving. The bath doesn’t have to be long, as about 10-15 minutes should be sufficient. Any longer than 30 minutes exposes your skin to the dirty water, which could mean infection.
Adding other extras like oils, bath bombs, or oatmeal can increase the benefits depending on what ailment you’re trying to combat.
How to Have the Perfect Bath
Bathing can be simple, extravagant, or just plain fun! Here are some great ideas on how to customize your perfect soak.
1. Decide What Type of Bath Your Want
There are many different reasons why people take baths, relaxation, combat sickness, or to relieve aches and pains.
When you decide you want to soak, make sure you have all the materials you need for the type of bath you’re taking.
For example, Epsom salts do a wonderful job of relieving sore muscles. If you’re fighting soreness, grab your bag of salts before you hit the tub.
It might help your mind to tidy up your space before your bath. You don’t want to take a bath with clutter troubling you. Take some time to pick up parts of your home that are messy, and when you’re finished with your bath you won’t have any worries meeting you.
If you’re especially dirty, you might want to consider showering before you bathe. Otherwise, you’ll be soaking in some dirty water!
2. Salts or Oils
Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether or not to use essential oils or bath salts in your bath. Both give off lovely scents, and the salts will calm your muscles.
If you’re using essential oils, use about 10 drops and swirl it around to distribute evenly throughout the water. Lavender, orange, rose, chamomile, and other citrusy scents are great choices for baths.
3. Gather Other Goodies
Salts and oils are just one element of bath-taking!
Some people enjoy doing a mask during a bath and keeping their hair towel.
Bath bombs are also a popular and fun feature. You can purchase pre-made bath bombs or make your own with this CBD bath bomb recipe for ultimate relaxation.
Want music? Need to turn down the lights, or grab some scented candles? Ideally, try to check all these things off your list before you hop in the water.
Going all out and need some munchies? A fancy drink, maybe?
Prepare your food before your soak and don’t forget to bring your food with you to the bath. Preferably, place it somewhere that’s reachable but unlikely to fall in the tub.
6. Bring an Activity
Taking your favorite book, tablet, or other activity you might enjoy doing in the bath. Or if you just need to be leisurely with nothing to do, that’s great too!
7. Have Your Clothes Close By
A warm, fuzzy bathrobe is perfect for throwing on after your bath. If it’s close to bedtime, dry off and slip right into your PJs.
8. Use A Scrub
After soaking, your skin will be ripe for exfoliation. This is because as you sit in the water, your skin becomes softer, making it easy to exfoliate.
Consider bringing in a body exfoliator and get a total body scrub to slough off dead skin. Be sure to rinse off completely before getting out.
9. Watch Your Temperature
You might think that the best temperature would be a steaming hot one, right? The best temperature is a warm one, which is ideal for relaxing. If the water is too hot or too cold, you may feel uncomfortable.
After you’ve spent an adequate amount of time soaking, it’s time to emerged relaxed and refreshed! However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind after your bath.
First, you’ll want to take it slow, especially if you’ve been sitting for a long time. You’ll probably feel incredibly relaxed.
After you’ve dried off, apply some moisturizer to your skin. The warm water will draw out the natural moisture in your skin leaving it prone to being dry. Lotioning up, especially after you’ve exfoliated, will feed your skin the nutrients that it needs.
Not only will the water partially dry out your skin, but the rest of your body may also be a bit dehydrated as well. Sip some cool water to replenish and hydrate.
Once you’re all set and dressed, relax some more! Take it easy and enjoy the benefits of your soak.
Start The Water!
Taking a bath is a great stress reliever, pain reducer, and is just fun when you need a few moments to yourself. How to have the perfect bath depends on what works for you and your needs.
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