A Few Tips to Follow to Take a Bath for Happy Soul and Healthy Skin
You are driving home from work and you are already seeing yourself relaxing in the bathtub. You can’t wait! After barely locking the door and taking off your shoes, you start filling up the bathtub with hot water. You take your clothes off and add your favorite oil to the bath. And here you are. Unwinding after a busy day and thinking that you are going to stay here for at least 30 minutes… Taking a bath is certainly good for your physical and mental health, but there are a few rules that you should follow for the best experience.
First, make sure that your bathtub is clean. Wash it regularly with a product that kills mold and bacteria. Second, you should take a quick shower before and after taking a bath. Taking a bath should not be for washing, it is meant for relaxing. You want to wash off all the dirt so you can enjoy a bath in clean water. Don’t forget to also clean your hair. After taking a bath, rinse off any soap or bath salt that could irritate your skin.
When it comes to the length of your bath time, you should limit it to 10 – 15 minutes. Long baths (or showers) in combination with hot water remove important oils from your skin. Keep the water warm rather than hot in order to protect your skin.
Adding bath oil to your tub for hydration is a good idea. However, a better way to get the benefits of oil is to apply it directly on your skin before you get into the tub. In her article Tips for Moisturizing Your Body Sarah Jourdain explains that putting oil on your skin rather than pouring it into the water is much more beneficial, “This way, you know the oil's made it onto your skin and is not just floating around it. Furthermore, the warm bath water will enhance the oil's hydrating effects.”
Lastly, moisturize! Mayo Clinic recommends to “gently pat your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains. Immediately moisturize your skin with an oil or a cream to help trap water in the surface cells.” Moisturizers used after bathing provide a seal over your skin which prevents water from escaping. It doesn’t matter if you use a thick moisturizer (such as Eucerin or CeraVe), baby oil, or a jelly ointment (Vaseline), just make sure you use one. Additionally, applying moisturizer several times a day (not only after bathing) is very beneficial to your skin, especially during winter months.
By following these basic steps, your bath will not only make you happy, it will also keep your skin healthy and moist!