Soak Up Bet­ter Health

The right type of bath has se­ri­ous ben­e­fits for your body and mind, like re­ju­ve­nat­ing your mus­cles and tam­ing any chaotic thoughts, ex­perts say. Here’s how to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous, heal­ing oa­sis.

SHAPE (USA) - - Front Page - By Mara San­tilli

How to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous, heal­ing bath

Time it right

Take your detox bath be­fore bed. “Your body does in­tense re­gen­er­a­tion while you’re sleep­ing,” says Michelle Rogers, a natur­o­pathic prac­ti­tioner in Port­land, Ore­gon. “A detox bath fu­els the process by loos­en­ing up your mus­cles, boost­ing cir­cu­la­tion, and rais­ing your body tem­per­a­ture, which helps the im­mune sys­tem fight bugs.” Plus, warm wa­ter may help you drift off later.

Bring the heat

Close your bath­room door be­fore draw­ing your detox bath, and make the wa­ter hot (100 to 102 de­grees, or Jacuzzi-level heat). “Re­search has shown that sweat­ing can help reg­u­late the skin’s mi­cro­biome,” Rogers says. “This pre­vents harm­ful bac­te­ria from en­ter­ing the pores.”

Now add a bath blend

Ep­som salts in the wa­ter will ease mus­cle aches. Also add an es­sen­tial oil, which helps kick off the detox process in your lym­phatic sys­tem—try cy­press, lemon­grass, grape­fruit, or he­lichry­sum. But be sure to di­lute your pick first to pre­vent skin ir­ri­ta­tion: Rogers sug­gests mix­ing five drops of es­sen­tial oil with an ounce of co­conut oil be­fore ad­ding it to the wa­ter. Soak for about 20 min­utes, then step out of the tub and drink 16 to 24 ounces of liq­uid with elec­trolytes, like co­conut wa­ter with a pinch of salt, to re­hy­drate, Rogers says. Rinse off in the shower; ap­ply a mois­tur­izer to re­plen­ish your skin.

RE­STORE POST­WORK­OUT Try Cuc­cio So­ma­tol­ogy Yo­gahhh Detox Bath ($40, cuc­cio­so­ma­tol­ogy.com). It con­tains mas­tiha, a rare heal­ing resin from a tree in Greece.

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