The Cut’s ‘I Blame Hollywood for Ruining Bubble Baths’ provided a humorous take on how bubble baths are featured in television and movies. But although taking baths is a relatively trivial matter for some people, studies have shown that there are actually a lot of benefits that you can reap from them.
This article takes a look at some of those positive effects to complement an earlier article on Bridge + Bardot about eliminating stress
Baths relieve muscle pain
Soaking in hot water relieves muscle pain. A hot bath has the same effect of applying a hot compress, albeit covering a wider area instead of concentrating on a specific part of your body. Furthermore, salt baths can also help provide relief to chronic pain caused by conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Salt water helps reduce the swelling, thereby lessening the pain.
Hot baths also help regulate sugar levels, thus aiding in weight loss or staying in shape. Athletes such as Canadian long distance runner Reid Coolsaet are known to take hot baths during training months to help prepare for competitions.
Baths relieve stress
Heather Graham is one of the latest celebrities to be shown enjoying a bath in one of her Foxy Bingo TV videos. Although it was meant to be comedic like The Cut’s article mentioned earlier, the idea of soaking in a tub to shake off stress has scientific merit. A study in Japan showed that taking a bath significantly reduces the amount of cortisol and chromogranin in the body – hormones associated with stress. At the same time, it increases beta-endorphins and noradrenaline, known for improving mood.
Meanwhile, research by the University of Wolverhampton showed that immersing yourself in a warm bath allows the body to recall the period when it was still in the womb, triggering calmness. Adding lavender and eucalyptus in the bath water can further help induce relaxation. Hollywood actress January Jones has her own bath formula – a combination of sea salt and baking soda – to help rid her body of toxins and stress.
Baths can relieve skin itchines
BabaMail specified that hot water opens up pores, so even deep-seated dirt can be removed from your skin. Some studies have even indicated that baths can help provide relief from various itchy skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. It does so by killing the bacteria present on the skin, as well as calming down the immune system’s tendency to overreact, causing inflammation. Emma Watson was quoted by Stylecaster as saying that certain bath products can help exfoliate and moisturize skin, and she also mentions some brands that can even help clear sinuses.
Baths help produce better sleep
Bustle reveals that enjoying a heated bath before bedtime can actually help lull you to sleep. Surfacing from a warm bath will help your body cool down faster, which will hasten how the body’s temperature naturally drops as it is about to go to sleep. Gwyneth Paltrow said she loves taking baths mixed with Epsom salts to help her relax and wind down at the end of the day.