Hot baths have a soothing and relaxing effect. A warm bath is not only balm for the soul, when it is cold and uncomfortable outside, but also an ideal remedy for stress, tension, body aches and an emerging cold. But so that the hot bath spoils the body and senses properly, suitable bath products and the right atmosphere are crucial. We give tips for proper relaxation in the tub.
Oil baths or bubble baths?
As nice as a bubble bath is, the bath foam often contains surfactants that dry out the skin. Especially dry and very dry skin is therefore happy about an oil bath. In contrast to bubble baths, oil baths do not purify, but are pure care rituals. Therefore you should take a shower before the bath and rinse soap and gel residues carefully.
Additives of vitamin C and E act as radical scavengers. Essential fatty acids, also called vitamin F, have a particularly moisturizing and moisturizing effect, so that these ingredients often help you to avoid creaming after bathing.
If you do not want to do without foam, you can resort to bath additives made from coconut, sugar or protein surfactants. These foam less, but do not dry out the skin so much. In addition, they are more natural and environmentally friendly than conventional bubble baths.
Bath oils against dry skin
If you suffer from particularly dry skin, you can cream your body with an intensely nourishing body and bath oil before it rises into the tub. Soy, wheat germ, almonds, avocado and jojoba base oils regenerate the skin and cover it with a protective greasy film, protecting the skin from drying out in the water.
Ideally, the bath oil should remain on the skin even after the bath - so you should not rinse the skin.
Homemade bath additive for mature skin
Of course you can also mix your own beauty elixir. An oil bath for mature skin needs 4 drops of sandalwood oil, 4 drops of jasmine oil and 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil. Everything is stirred and added to the warm bath water.
Alternatively, one can oil his body or particularly dry areas of the skin with wheat germ oil and then relax for about 15 minutes at 36 degrees in the tub.
Tip: After the oil bath, never rub the skin dry. Better: dab off very carefully.
Delight in the tub thanks to bath salts
Bath salts are also very skin friendly. These tighten the skin and bind the moisture in it. In addition, they contain minerals that can even help soothe skin irritation and support healing processes. Bath salts are therefore suitable for atopic dermatitis or sensitive skin. In addition to the actual salt crystals, these bath products often also contain plant extracts, shea butter or jojoba oil.
By the way, such salts can easily be mixed with a few drops of food coloring. This results in colorful baths that are especially popular with children.
Beguiling scent experience with essential oils
Many bath salts and oil baths contain essential oils whose aroma stimulates the senses. They are available in different fragrances and have the nature of aromatherapy in addition to their nourishing properties also relaxing (for example, lavender), invigorating and refreshing (for example, rosemary, camphor and citrus aromas) or healing (for example, spruce needles and eucalyptus for colds).
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For the best bathing experience, consider the following tips:
- Cool and energize shorter and cooler baths up to 35 degrees.
- Relaxation baths should be 36 to 37 degrees warm.
- Water temperatures from 37 degrees upwards make you sleepy and bed heavy.
- Ideal bath time: 10 to 20 minutes. Otherwise, even the toughest skin barrier will be limp.
- The right atmosphere with candlelight and soft music contributes to the relaxation.
- Before leaving the bath, rinse your legs cold - this strengthens your run.
- After bathing carefully cream (except for oil baths) and relax for half an hour.
- It's best to put it in a cozy bathrobe and warm socks.
When is caution necessary?
With a cold, a suitable bath can help. To relieve the symptoms. But do not go into the tub if you have a fever, as this puts too much strain on the circulation.
Anyone who suffers from a venous disease or varicose veins should not bathe too long and not too hot. Otherwise, as a result of the heat, the vessels may dilate and all the blood flow into the legs, causing insufficient supply to the heart.
With elevated blood pressure and circulatory problems you should not bathe warmer than 36 degrees. Even pregnant women should not bathe too hot, especially towards the end of pregnancy. Excessive stress on the circulation can trigger premature labor.