One of the least expensive—and yet, most relaxing—luxuries is a long soak in the tub. It's such a simple thing, but I always emerge feeling refreshed and pampered. So I was happy to find this Women's Health article about creating the perfect bath. The writer consulted beauty experts and scientists to figure out what to do. Here are some of her findings:
- Tweak the temp: You want to soak in water that's 97 to 99 degrees—just like you are. Any hotter and your nervous system goes into overdrive, as it struggles to adjust your internal thermostat.
- Sink deeper: Dunk underwater until just your face peeks out. "The more of you that touches that water, the more you benefit," says Reinhard Bergel, Ph.D., coauthor of The Spa Encyclopedia. Warmth dilates capillaries, increasing the stream of nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body.
The story has more tips which are worth reading if you're a bath junkie. Got any bright ideas of your own? Share them here!