Nothing beats a steaming bath after a tiring day at work, bubble baths can definitely make anyone melt into a state of blissful happiness in an instant.
Treating yourself with a hot or warm bath can feel like the height of luxury. It can help you unwind after a long day, heal sore and aching muscles. With just a little preparation, you can transform your bathroom into your own private spa and step out feeling clean, comforted, and relaxed.
- Rinse the bathtub by spraying your tub with a mixture of 1/2 warm water and 1/2 white vinegar. Allow the solution to stand for 15 minutes, then wipe with a cloth or sponge. Rinse with clean water, then wipe again.
- Plug the drain and begin filling the tub with water. You may have to flip a lever near the faucet, or use a rubber stopper or bath plug that blocks the drain.
- Adjust the temperature of the water so that it is no hotter than 38°C. While you may find a scalding bath relaxing, too-hot water actually agitates your nervous system and strips away your skin’s moisture. You may also feel dizzy or sick as your heart will start pumping harder when the water is too hot. On top of that, it can actually make it more difficult for you to relax and fall asleep after a hot bath. Test the water with your wrist, not your hand. This will give you a more accurate sense of how the water will feel on the rest of your body.
- Fill the tub until it is about 2/3 full, then turn off the water. Remember that once you step into the tub, the water level will rise. If you fill it to the very top, water is going to spill over the sides and create a spillage and water could go everywhere. Place a bath mat or towel on the floor to catch any water that might slosh out while you bathe. This will also help prevent you from slipping and falling when you step out of the bath.
- Personalize your bathing experience by adding fun bubbles or bath bombs; essential oils for aromatherapy and to keep skin moisturized. Use at least an entire cup of oil per bath to reap the moisturizing benefits.
- Give yourself a massage. Bring a small ball into the bath and place it between your body and the tub. Move your body around on top of the ball to massage your back muscles. Massage your temples with the tips of your fingers, using a circular motion. This can help relieve tension and reduce headaches.
- Take a quick shower after your bath and rinse off any oils, masks, and conditioner that may linger on your body. Apply lotion and pat your skin dry. Gently pat your skin with a towel and avoid harsh rubbing, which can irritate your skin and may wipe off your moisturizer.
- Drain the tub and wipe it down with a clean rag. Wipe off oil and excess moisture with a quick rinse with clean water, then use a clean, dry squeegee, microfiber cloth, or soft sponge to wipe it down.
Unfortunately, even the simplest of life’s pleasures comes with some downsides. Some dermatologists suggest that bathtubs should come with a dry-skin warning. But if you practice the following, an itch-free bath time can be easily achieved.
- Save soap for the end: Lather up after you have had a good soaking and relaxation. This is because the main drying culprit isn’t hot water; it’s hot water with soap. So, wash up at the end of the bath. Then, you can still enjoy your bubbly times with your bubbles.
- Add a little oil to your bubble bath or using a formula that already has it: The skin can dry up after being in the water for a prolonged time, so a little bit of oiling or buttering is recommended along with bubble baths. You can do the DIY method of adding oil or look for bubble baths that have moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil.
- Don’t stay in for more than 15 minutes: If you go pass that time frame, expect prune-y skin, wrinkly palms and feet, as the top layer of the skin has lost its natural water content causing it to shrivel up. If you do stay in for an hour, moisturize immediately when you get out, before your skin has dried. Bath salts are especially drying; if you use them, get out after ten minutes.