At the end of an exhausting day, taking a hot bath can help you ease the pressure. Just 30 minutes can relieve stress, soothe muscle tension, and even help you lose weight!
There is nothing better than lying in a hot bath with some music on, a glass of wine, and a yummy bath bomb. But besides the blissful comfort of it all, baths have some real-life health benefits that you should know about! Check them out:
1. Relieve Stress
Studies have shown that bathing can improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system and trigger a release of endorphins, which helps relieve stress.
Setting the mood helps too! Lighting a candle will put your body into "relax mode", letting it know that it is now time to let go and enjoy a moment of peace. Try one of our scented soy candles!
2. Lose Weight??
Believe it or not, you can lose weight by taking a hot bath! According to a recent study, soaking in an hour-long hot bath can burn as many as 140 calories, which is equal to a 30-minute walk. And there is more good news! The temperature of the hot water speeds up the rate of fat burning and it helps reduce blood sugar levels after meals!
3. Improve Skin
You might not know it, but bathing is also an essential step in your skin care routine. It can help active blood circulation and improve skin elasticity.
Before taking a bath, we highly recommend you exfoliate your body first. In a circular motion, gently apply your favorite scrub, like our Coconut Sugar Scrub. Make sure to focus on the areas that accumulate dead skin cells easily, such as the sides of your arms and thighs, elbows, knees, heels, and ankles. Exfoliating before a hot bath will soften your skin and open your pores, which allows the steam to work its magic! After rinsing off, remember to moisturize your skin with an oil-based lotion, such as our Mango Body Butter. This will leave your skin super soft and dewy!
4. Sleep Better
If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, we have good news for you. Studies have shown that taking a hot bath before going to bed can help your body enter into sleep mode quicker, significantly improving your overall sleep quality. Taking a bath raises the temperature of your body and brain, which helps increase the depth of sleep, and make you fall asleep faster.
5. Feel Rested
While bathing, our body is exposed to water pressure, which gets the blood flowing! It helps the blood that accumulates in your legs throughout the day move around and back into the body. Your heart and brain receive more blood flow as overall circulation improves. This is why baths help relieve the feeling of fatigue!
So, next time you're having a rough day, you know what to do! Jump into a hot bath and let it work its magic! What's your favorite thing to do while taking a bath? Do you listen to music? Podcasts? Read? Let us know below! Until next week - Be Well.