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How-To: Take Your Best Bath

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!


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
my hubby always comes in and scrubs my back for me! and my kitties always perch on the side, so i always bring a ping pong ball for them to play with in the water.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I wish we had a bath! :( I used to love soaking in the tub when I lived in a rented house.
martinilove martinilove 10 years
I love my weekly soak! Baths are sooo relaxing!
lily314 lily314 10 years
What a waste of water.
yoan190 yoan190 10 years
Wish we have a bathtube at home! :-D
rosyrose rosyrose 10 years
The longest time in taking a bath is actually the time to fill up the bathtub. I like to fill up the bathtub really quickly by turning down the temperature of the water heater. That way I can turn both the hot and cold water faucets on all the way and the water would not be too hot.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
sooo in the mood for a bath now! :)
huggybear_84 huggybear_84 10 years
Thanks soooo much!!!! Now I have to go take a bath!
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Aschwebb that's so gross!!! I hope you gave him a swift kick in his stinky butt.
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 10 years
Never been a big bath person, but this article got me in the mood for one...
Beauty Beauty 10 years
ashcwebb — So typical! Why do dudes think farting in the tub is so funny?
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 10 years
I love to take bubble baths. These are great tips!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
I really want to take a bubble bath now.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Yea I tried to have one this weekend with my boyfriend and I could sense he was getting bored so you know what he did? he farted in the bathtub cuz he knew I would get out!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I wanted so much to take a bubble bath last night. But I live in a residence/hotel and I didn't want to attempt it in a shared bathtub!
Amanda-La Amanda-La 10 years
Wow, those are great tips, I'll do it tonight. I also want that bath pillow in the picture!
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