Bath Treatments for Different Body Skin Conditions

This will be an informational post about bath treatments for different body skin conditions.  It is my hope that you will find helpful hints to treat your skin with love and care.

Your skin type will partially determine what will benefit you the most.  In addition, others of us have skin conditions that require certain products.  The following information will cover skin types and skin conditions, and the treatments that are recommended for them.  

Some of the treatments are natural ones that you may even be able to make on your own!

Skin Types

First of all, as I researched this topic, my results showed information for facial skin. There are five types of facial skin which are; Oily, Dry, Combination, Sensitive and Normal.  I will not be discussing facial skin care here.  We all know there are thousands of companies catering to this market.

Instead I wanted to find out if there are different skin types for our body.  Apparently there are only three:  Normal, dry and sensitive.  And you may have different types in different parts of your body!  

Bath Treatments for Different Body Skin Conditions

Now, if you have dry skin you have certain issues like flaky skin and possibly itchy skin.  Sensitive skin will require more conscientious care.  And even if your skin is normal, you still need to take good care of it.

Common Body Skin Conditions

Let me start by saying I am not a doctor or dermatologist.  If you have a skin problem you are concerned about, please see a medical professional right away.  I have a few odd moles and I saw a doctor regarding them.  Please do the same.

If however, you may have one of the following problems, then I can recommend some products that might bring you some relief.  Here’s a description of the condition first. 

Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by cracking or flaking.  It is rough to the touch.  It can turn into an itchy situation.  Some people may find their skin peeling.  Those with black and brown skin refer to dry skin as “ashy”. 

Dry skin can be caused by hot weather or cold weather.  The older we get, the drier our skin becomes.  Taking long hot baths or showers can also dry out the skin. 

I found this Dry Skin article from Mayo Clinic helpful.  Check it out for more information.  

Itchy Skin

As stated above, itchy skin can be a result of dry skin.  But there may be other reasons for itchy skin, and they can be fairly serious.  Conditions like shingles or psoriasis should be addressed by a dermatologist.  Again, if you are in doubt, see a doctor sooner rather than later. 

Allergies can result in itchy skin.  These allergies can span a wide spectrum.  They could be seasonal with pollen being the culprit.  Or they could be food or a type of clothing.  Again, a doctor can help you with diagnosing the cause.

A hot bath will aggravate itchy skin, so don’t bathe in very hot water.  Bathe in tepid water.  If you can stand it, a cool bath is very soothing.

Bath Treatments for Different Body Skin Conditions

Sunburned Skin

My research showed that certain skin types never burn.  But I have a black friend that told me otherwise.  Bottom line, prevention of sunburn is the first step.  And a sunscreen may not be enough for those of us with fair skin that burns easily.  Wear brimmed hats and clothing that covers your skin.  

Sensitive Skin

You probably determined that you are sensitive to certain foods, pollens, material or products you used on your skin.  Maybe you have seen a doctor regarding this.  If so, hopefully they have provided you with some guidelines for treating your issues.  

Acne Breakouts

I only include this condition because I found some bath treatments that may help this problem.  

Solutions to Help Your Skin Condition

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SolutionsBaking Soda, Colloidal Oatmeal, Epsom Salts, Milk, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, HoneyBaking Soda, Colloidal Oatmeal, Epsom Salts, Lavender Oil, Aloe Vera, Chamomile Tea, HoneyAloe VeraColloidal Oatmeal, Aloe Vera, HoneyEpsom Salts, Baking Soda, Eucalyptus Oil

Solutions Explained

You may find numerous products while shopping for relief for your skin conditions.  I always recommend you read the ingredients before you use it on your skin.  

That’s why I can recommend the following natural ingredients.  They can be used in their natural state, or with a little preparation that you can do at home.  

Baking Soda – That’s right!  You have it in your kitchen, and you can add 5 Tablespoons or up to 2 cups depending on your needs.  I recommend you start at the lower end and work up until you get your desired results.  

Oatmeal – Should be used in a colloidal form, which you can make by using a blender to grind up the oats.  Can also be purchased.

Eucalyptus – The oil can be added to your bath and will help because eucalyptus contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe your skin.  For further information about eucalyptus check out this article.

Milk – A gentle exfoliator, it also soothes the skin. Add a cup into the bath water.

Aloe Vera – The natural gooey lotion can be applied directly to skin, but can also be added to your bath for a skin nurturing experience.  Want more information?  3 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera in Your Bath | And Product Types

Coconut Oil – A skin moisturizer it adds smoothness to the skin.

Lavender – This essential oil promotes sleep and relaxation as well as reducing skin irritations. 

Epsom Salts – An all around solution for many problems, it can also help with muscle relaxation.

Chamomile Tea – Not only for a nice relaxing drink, you can put the tea bags in the tub water for a soothing and healing antioxidant addition. See my related article, Can I Use Chamomile Tea in the Bath? | Get Healthy Benefits!

Honey – Honey contains antioxidants also, so it hydrates and renews your skin.  It is recommended you dissolve it in warm water first to distribute it evenly.  

Notes of Caution

Essential Oils – Although natural, some people experience allergic reactions to certain oils.  Additionally, full strength oil should not be applied directly to skin.  Most uses of essential oil require a carrier oil.  In your bath you may add a few drops directly, but make sure you have tested the oil for any reactions.  

Some of the solutions I suggest can make your tub slippery so be careful when you are getting into and out of the tub!  Safety first!


Please let me know if  you have tried any of these remedies.  Your advice and experience can help the rest of us with our skin conditions.  Also, leave any questions in the comments section and I will do my best to find the answer.   

Can I Use Chamomile Tea in the Bath? | Get Healthy Benefits!

Did you know you can use Chamomile Tea in your bath? And you gain many healthy benefits. Not only is this a relaxing option, but chamomile is very good for your skin. Read on to learn more.

How Do You Make a Chamomile Tea Bath?

You can buy products that contain chamomile, (insert photo, maybe from Thrive market?) or you can make your own with two ingredients, 3-4 chamomile tea bags, and a cup of epsom salts.  You simply add the ingredients to the bath water, and soak!  Make sure the epsom salts are completely dissolved.  

Or you can forget the epsom salts and simply use the tea bags.  You can steep them ahead in boiling water, let the water cool, and then pour the chamomile tea in the water.  

You can hang the bag on a handle if you are using a long stringed bag, or let it simply float in the water.  You can use a premade tea bag or make your own with muslin or a loose woven bag.  

Here’s the sweetest woman showing you how to make your own herbal tea bags.

Tea Baths Benefits

Most of us are familiar with the relaxing properties of chamomile.  This is due to the chemical compound apigenin.  This affects the brain to calm down.  Because of this, simply soaking in a bath infused with chamomile can provide a calming and peaceful state of mind.  

While bathing in it will not have the same effects as drinking it, it will have benefits to your skin. 

Chamomile contains antioxidants which protect cells.  As far as your skin is concerned, this can reduce inflammation and soften the skin.  This is especially true for irritated and sensitive skin.  

It also contains antibacterial properties, enhancing healing, and even minimizing marks and scrapes.  This also applies to itchy skin conditions, as it can relieve the itchiness.  One study reported that there has been some support that chamomile can treat eczema.  

In fact this flower is so soothing, you can apply the tea directly to your skin for issues like itchiness and irritation.  

Great For Sitz Bath!

A sitz bath is recommended for irritating conditions like hemorrhoids, or infections in the perineum part of our body.  So if you don’t want to have a full bath, a sitz bath with some chamomile tea added can be very soothing.   

Can I Use Chamomile Tea in the Bath?

How Much Chamomile Should I Put in My Bath?

Most recommendations say to use 3 – 4 bags for a bath.  For a baby’s bath, it is recommended you steep one tea bag in a cup of boiled water, and of course let it cool.  From this we can infer that a chamomile tea bath is safe for babies!

An added plus from bathing in Chamomile Tea is that you don’t have to rinse it off.  The properties of the tea soothe and soften your skin so you don’t want to rub that off.  Pat yourself dry to maintain as many benefits as possible.  

Will a Tea Bag Stain My Tub?

Though most teas will not stain your tub, especially those made from flowers like chamomile, there is always a possibility.  One way to find out before you try it in your bathtub is to make it in a cup and see if it stains.

My Mom was a tea drinker and I know that her tea stained her cups.  But it really depends on the type, so try my suggestion above.  

If you do end up with a stain, a gentle cleanser like white vinegar in water will remove it.   

Can I Use Chamomile Tea in the Bath?

Are There Side Effects to a Chamomile Tea Bath?

Firstly, there can be some side effects with chamomile tea touching the skin.  If a person is allergic to any flower in the daisy family, then they should stay away from chamomile tea and chamomile tea baths.  

Furthermore, although if you are bathing in it, you are not ingesting it, people with asthma may want to be cautious.  The flower can cause breathing difficulties in certain people, so be careful if you are asthmatic.  

Chamomile tea, when ingested, is also a blood thinner.  I wasn’t able to find any research that states a bath in chamomile may affect your blood, but just to be cautious I recommend you talk with your doctor.  

I also read that it can irritate the eyes, so be careful when washing your face.  

Want To Purchase?

I found Mountain Rose Herbs in my search for quality products for your bath.  Their products are organic and seem to be carefully processed.  They sell the chamomile flowers, as well as the cotton muslin bags to steep the flowers in.  You can use these links to check out the products on their website.  Chamomile Flowers  Cotton Muslin Bags

I do not receive any referral fees if you use these links.  I just wanted to recommend a company that I feel pretty good about.  

Ready made products that I researched seemed to only have the chamomile fragrance, which I doubt would give you the benefits of the flower infusion.  However, I found Chamomile Infused Bath and Body Oil at Walmart, pictured here.

If you purchase this product from the link I do receive a small referral.  

I also recommend other products for itchy skin in my post Best Bath Products for Itchy Skin.


What are your thoughts about chamomile for your bath? Have you tried it? Your comments would be helpful to all of us. Also, if you have any questions, leave them below. I would love to learn more myself!

All About Bar Soap | Doing Bar Soap the Right Way

If you want to know all about bar soap, you’ve come to the right place. We will discuss the purpose of soap, the ingredients in bar soap, liquid vs bar soap, and much much more. Read on to find out how to do bar soap the right way!

What is the Use of Bath Bar Soap?

Bathing with soap will make your skin cleaner.  How exactly does that happen?  Well, chemistry is involved!  Sodium or potassium salts are combined with an alkali (such as potassium or sodium hydroxide.  This makes a hydrocarbon chain of atoms that have two different ends.  One end is a hydrophobic end which repels water.  The other end is a hydrophilic end, which attracts water.

When you soap up, the hydrophobic parts attract the oil in dirt, then the hydrophobic part suspends the drops and allows you to wash them away with water.  How cool is that?  

Here’s a cute kids video that explains it better. 

What Are the Basic Ingredients in Bath/Bar Soap?

Surprisingly to me, there are only three basic ingredients in bath soap.  They are:

  • Fat; either animal or plant
  • Distilled water
  • Lye

What exactly is lye?  According to Wikipedia, lye is metal hydroxide made from the leaching of wood ash.  It is added to water, cooled for a while and then the fat is added.  

Other optional ingredients may be a color additive and/or a fragrance additive.  

Here’s a video of homemade soap using the lye. I especially like that the author advises that if you are going to make your own soap to practice safety precautions first.  

What Do You Want from a Bath Soap?

What are you looking for when you buy bath soap?  I couldn’t find any specific results for bath soap.  But the popular responses for qualities in a soap were:

  • Hardness
  • Cleansing
  • Lathering
  • Skin Conditioners
  • Fragrance

I think most of us take hardness for granted.  We don’t want our soap to disintegrate the first time we use it.  

Hardness is created by the oils, either plant or animal, which also create the lather.  The longer a soap cures the harder it gets, as it dries out.  The amount of water used in preparation also determines the hardness.  

The cleansing agent in a simple soap is produced by the lye.  But more complex ingredients are added depending on what you want in a soap, like moisturizing.

Lathering can be produced by different ingredients.  Handmade soap made with glycerin makes a nice later, as do coconut and castor oils.  Olive oil isn’t as bubbly but is creamy instead.  

Skin conditioners are added in more complex soaps.  These would mostly include a moisturizer for dry or itchy skin.

Fragrance would be added by using some essential oil.  

So, you see you have several criteria to choose from.  Some of us have used a certain brand all our life and are happy with that brand.  Such brands would be Irish Spring, Dove, and Ivory.  This is from US statistics.  

All About Bath Soap

Bar Soap vs Liquid Soap

First of all, when I use the term liquid soap, I am referring to body washes and shower gel.  But even here there is a difference.  Body washes are thinner in consistency, because shower gels obviously contain … gel!  Furthermore, on average, shower gels can leave your skin drier than body washes.  

So if you want to use a liquid instead of a bar, and are concerned about drying out your skin, use a body wash.  

But is it better to use bar soap or a body wash?  Generally, bar soap is purer than a body wash, so you therefore have less chance of having a reaction or drying out your skin.  And you can still get a good lather from a quality bar soap.

Bath Soap vs Hand Soap

Not much difference here.  They both will get you clean.  Just check the ingredients to be informed about what you are putting on your body.  There are hundreds of choices on the market.  And if you are going to use a product to bathe with, then you probably can use it to wash your hands.  

Hard Water vs Soft Water

Do you know what determines soft or hard water?  Hard water has more calcium and magnesium in it.  These chemicals can be harsh on your skin and hair.  It also helps your plumbing and water using appliances last longer.  

Hard and soft water may be a personal choice, but just know that with soft water you will get more lather from your product. 

Men’s Products vs Women’s Products

Men’s skin is different from women’s skin.  Because of hormones, they produce more oil.  So a product that would help remove the oil from a man’s skin, may be drying on a woman’s skin.  

Women may want to focus on hydrating, moisturizing and sensitive skin products.  Men may want to concentrate on lathering and cleansing options.

All About Bath Soap

Dry Skin and Itchy Skin

I wrote an article on the best Moisturizing Body Washes for Dry Skin, which you can read.  As far as bar soap is concerned, this article from NY Magazine rates Dove Beauty Bar as very popular.  Check it out.

And if your skin itches, then an Oatmeal Bath is for you.  Read my article Why You Should Take an Oatmeal Bath for Itchy Skin.  


What is your favorite soap?  And why?  Do you have some comments to add?  Please do so.  And if you have questions please ask them here.  I’ll do my best to answer them.  

Why Bathe? What Your Parents Never Told You About Bathing

Well, maybe they did tell you all this information about bathing. But my parents didn’t! Why bathe? I’m glad you asked!

If you love bathing as much as I do, you may wonder about the history of bathing.  Or maybe not.  But don’t you ever think about how some things came to be?  I do.  And since I do love to bathe, I thought it would be worthwhile to find out all I could about it.  

Why Bathe?  What Your Parents Never Told You About Bathing

A Little Background History of Bathing

Wikipedia tells us that there are records of bathing during the 2nd millennium BC on the Greek island of Crete.  The Ancient Romans were of course recognized for the aqueduct, which provided water accessible to many.  

Before this, bathing was limited to proximity to rivers or lakes.  

In medieval Japan the first bath house was mentioned in the 1200s.  Most bathing did not have gender segregation.  

Spanish records show a type of bath that was also a steam treatment.  It was related to the religious practices of the time.  

Muslim and Jewish culture promoted public bathing in the 1500s, as they were more concerned about cleanliness than other cultures.  As above, bathing was connected to religious practices.  In our modern times, some Christian denominations practice full body immersion during baptism.   

In Europe, bathing was actually related to the development of religion.  The Catholic church provided public bathing areas, and even made them separate for males and females.  I wonder if this is where the phrase, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”, became popular?

During the Protestant Reformation (1600s) clean clothing was more important than bathing.  

Fast forward to the 1800s, where England passed the Public Bath Act, in part inspired by Kitty Wilson during the cholera epidemic.  This act encouraged the building of public bathing facilities.  

As public works developed, and plumbing entered houses, bathing became commonplace.

Why Bathe? What Your Parents Never told You about Bathing

Motivation to Bathe

The main historical reason to bathe was because people didn’t want to stink.  It was noted that cultures that practiced bathing simply smelled better.  In addition to bathing, people began to practice brushing their teeth (with twigs) and washing their hands before eating.  

Now we know that bathing, or showering, cleans the skin of bacteria, as well as dirt and oils.  If you don’t bathe regularly, not only will you stink, but you will develop itchy patches and dead skin.  

We have other motivations today as we know there are many benefits to be gained by bathing. One is therapeutic, from relaxing sore muscles, calming aches, improving your mood, and helping you sleep.  It can boost your immune system to fight cold and flu symptoms.

In fact a Japanese study reported in the National Institute of Health titled Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing: A Randomized Intervention Study makes some interesting conclusions.  It states that bathing improves mental and physical health!  

Once you know these facts about all the benefits, I wonder why you wouldn’t want to bathe?  

Here’s a fun video made for children but it gets the point across.

Create Your Own Spa

I love going to a spa that I know of in Desert Hot Springs.  I usually get a massage and sit in the natural hot pools.  But you can create your own spa-like experience at home.  This will lead to a more relaxing experience, and probably increase your mental outlook.

Suggestions vary about what to use for your bath should you desire an enhanced experience, but the following are a place to start.

  • Clean, uncluttered bathroom.  
  • Sufficient lighting; safety first but you may want lights not as bright.
  • Soft relaxing music.
  • Bath water temperature moderate; not too hot; about 98 – 100 degrees.  
  • Your choice of a fragrance or none at all.
  • Your choice of a bath additive like a bath bomb or bubble bath.
  • A scrubby or loofah.
  • Candles?  I don’t use candles simply because of the safety factor, but if you are confident in your safe use of them, then they do make for a nice ambiance.  
  • Book?

Spend no more than 15 minutes in the tub.  Any longer can affect your blood pressure and cause (temporary) wrinkly skin.  Once you get out, pat yourself dry and add some moisturizing lotion to your body.  

Some Comparisons of Bathing Habits in Different Countries

Brazilians take the most showers!  Surveys claim on the average they take two showers a day.  The rest of the world averages about five showers per week.  However, the English and Americans prefer showers compared to Brazil.  

Hot springs are more popular in Japan than in other countries.  In China, public group bathing is still practiced.  More women than men shower in the United Kingdom.  

Be Aware of Your Loved One

Some research states that mental illness can impact a person being able to bathe.  There may be reasons like depression or phobias that come into play.  If your loved one isn’t maintaining regular hygiene, you may want to discuss this and have them see a mental health professional.  

The elderly, as they age, may not bathe as often as they once did.  This may be due simply to ease of access, or fears of falling or slipping.  Make sure their bathroom is fully equipped to make bathing safe and easy for them.  

I wrote an article called How To Be Safe in the Bathtub which provides some advice that might be helpful.  Making the bathing experience as inviting as possible may help in motivating our loved one to bathe more.

Why Bathe? What Your Parents Never Told You About Bathing


Have I provided you with some interesting information?  Do you have any questions?  Or do you have interesting information to provide?  Please leave your comments below.  

What Is a Mineral Bath? What Are The Benefits?

A mineral bath may combine the following: water at a warm temperature, dissolved gasses, minerals and mud.  You can visit spas that promote such pools, or make your own mineral bath.  Read further to find out all about mineral baths.

The Study of Mineral Baths

Did you know that scientists actually study mineral baths?  Who knew?  The field of study is called Balneology or Balneotherapy, which actually means “treatment of disease by bathing”.  This field also includes the study of hot springs and spa therapy.  

Granted, this line of study is more popular in Japan, which boasts of many mineral bath experiences, and most of Europe.  Let’s hope it catches on in the US!  I’ll start; LOL.

This study involves examining the effects of bathing to relieve certain diseases, pains, and skin conditions.  Illnesses that have been studied are ones that are related to chronic inflammation, namely rheumatoid arthritis.  Chronic pain has been studied as well.  And skin conditions such as eczema have been examined.  

What Does Science Say About Mineral Baths?

We don’t even need to quote science to know that a warm bath can ease body aches and relax muscles.  Add to that the body feeling lighter as the water holds you up.  These results alone make for a calmer and less inflamed body.  

A study from Oxford Health Department of Rheumatology found statistical proof that there are “significant beneficial effects” from spa therapy.  It should be noted that the statistical evidence is small.  And this report doesn’t state what kind of spa therapy was used.  Nevertheless, that is encouraging.  

Much has been promoted about the benefits of Epsom Salt for pain relief.  However, from my research, there isn’t really scientific evidence for this.  My article Can Epsom Salt Relieve Pain? But Not In A Way That You Think discusses this further.  

From the Epsom Salt article you understand that our body can’t really absorb minerals through the skin, specifically magnesium.  But some solutions can help skin conditions.  A spring high in sulfur can help with the skin condition of psoriasis.  

What Is a Mineral Bath? What Are The Benefits?
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Minerals and Their Benefits

There is not enough scientific proof that any mineral soaks actually benefit your health.  The skin acts to protect the rest of your body by stopping elements from entering your bloodstream.

That said, there may be some benefit from mineral baths.  The following are the common minerals you will experience from a mineral bath.  

  • Calcium – A chemical that assists in strong bones, it can also leave your skin feeling more hydrated and soft.
  • Sulfate – In natural springs this is the chemical that smells like rotten eggs.  It is one of the chemicals in Epsom Salts.  It is promoted to enhance skin health and reduce joint pain.
  • Magnesium – This is the other component of Epsom Salts.  Claims to regulate blood pressure and blood glucose.
  • Lithium – Some spas provide this gas to promote effervescence and an enhanced mood
  • Zinc – Benefits skin health and can actually treat some skin conditions

There are many other chemicals and additives for a mineral bath.  Ask your spa staff what their pools contain.  Ask them the benefits.  So many spas that I researched make several claims, but I’m just not sure the science backs them up.

I’ve also researched relaxing bath products in this post: What To Put In Your Bath For a Relaxing Experience. Check it out for more information.

Why Would You Want to Take a Mineral Bath?

Let’s agree that you want to bathe to get clean.  Also, you may want to destress, calm down and relax.  Maybe you need some quiet time alone.  Well a bath can do that for you.

But a mineral bath can add to the experience.  What a great deal!  You can treat your skin while you relax.  Or relieve some pain by adding a mineral.  Or calm the aching in your joints.  

You really have nothing to lose but a few dollars by investing in some minerals to find out if a mineral bath will be helpful to your needs.  Or visiting a spa that boasts mineral pools.  And maybe get a massage?  Now we’re talking!

Are There Any Harmful Side Effects To Mineral Baths?

There are some precautions you should take when soaking in a mineral bath.  They are:

  • If you have heart issues, don’t soak too long or at too high a temperature.  May cause dizziness.
  • Some natural springs may contain microorganisms that can affect your skin.  Do your research before you soak in them.
  • Sulfur gasses may cause respiratory distress.
  • If you have allergies to fragrances or chemicals, mineral baths might not be for you.
What Is a Mineral Bath? What Are The Benefits?

Can I Make a Mineral Bath At Home? 

Yes you can!  What you put in your bath will depend on your needs.  Of course the first item you need is a bathtub!  Next of course, hot water.  Don’t get it too hot, but hot enough to be enjoyable.  Recommendations range between 90° to 105°.  So basically, a little above or below body temperature.  

Then you can add fragrances, minerals and salts, depending on your goal.  What sort of experience are you going for?  Choices might include:

  • Relaxation: Lavender fragrance
  • Skin Treatments:  Oatmeal
  • Body Inflammation or Pain:  Salts, to increase buoyancy and relieve weight on bones and joints
  • Milk:  Enhance skin health and bone health
  • Apple Cider Vinegar:  May help skin irritations

Most of these easy additions are not really minerals.  But depending on products you might purchase, you will find minerals added.

It is not recommended that you shower after a mineral soak so that the chemicals can continue to treat your skin.  But that is totally up to you. 


Mineral soak products abound.  I think I will have to research them and compare them in another article.  

I happen to love Dr. Teal’s products.  This link will take you to my Walmart affiliate link for Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution.  If you purchase through this link, I receive a referral fee.  But they have many versions of the soak, so check them out.  


I have researched these subjects in depth.  I am not a medical professional, and don’t recommend you ignore advice from your physician.  If you are concerned about soaking in a mineral bath, talk to your doctor first.  Mineral baths are not an alternative to medical treatment, but they are natural and may give you some relief from your issues.  

What Do You Think?

Did I answer your questions about mineral baths? If not, ask it in the comments. And if you have something interesting to add to this article, please do so, also in the comments.

7 Surprising Reasons To Take a Bath Instead of a  Shower 

Are you debating with yourself about taking a bath instead of a shower?  Or a shower instead of a bath? I’m not going to tell you what to do, because there are advantages to both.  But I am going to give you several reasons why taking a bath instead of a shower can improve your health and cleanse you in the process.

You Will Be Cleaner

There is popular wisdom that you are not as clean in the tub because you are sitting in your own dirt and skin cells.  This is only true if you have had a day of working in dirt and sweating heavily.  Otherwise, normal activity where you aren’t sweating much can be cleansed away in a bath.

Yes, you will be just as clean after taking a shower.  But in a bath you can be clear and experience many more benefits.  Read further to find out what they are.  

You Can Relax

Sitting in warm water has been a practice for centuries.  The ancient Romans, who developed the aqueduct, were able to make showers and bath houses.  They knew back then the benefit of soaking in water.   

Think of the natural springs in many areas of the world.  I am blessed to be close enough to the desert here in Southern California and I can enjoy natural springs.  

7 Surprising Reasons To Take a Bath Instead of a  Shower

The water pressure on the body can loosen tight muscles, soothe aching joints, and calm the nervous system.  The water serves to hold the body, thus relieving the pressure of gravity.  For those of us who have chronic pain, giving our nerves a break is a welcome relief.

A bath makes you feel like you are floating, being held by the surrounding water.  This is a comforting feeling.  And the warm water has a calming effect.  

You’ll Have a Healthier Heart

As long as you don’t bathe in extremely hot water, and you don’t have a heart condition, a warm bath can increase your heart rate and can have the same effect as a gentle workout.  It also increases circulation.  

This means that it can help your body warm itself, especially in those cold feet.  It can also increase circulation in the legs, which may help edema.  

You’ll Have Healthier Skin

Soaking in a bath can hydrate your skin.  Hydrated skin looks healthier.  We are after all made up mostly of water, so it makes sense that water is good for us.  Drinking enough water is central to good health.  

The skin will actually absorb the moisture.  Then after you get out and dry off, moisturize to keep the skin hydrated.  

I wrote a related article about itchy skin that can be helped by bath water. Best Bath Products for Itchy Skin and Other Helpful Products.

You Can Read

Okay, I know this might not be for everyone.  But I know you can’t read in a shower.  And if you are a bibliophile like me, then you can’t get enough of reading books.  So why not take a book with you as you soak?  

Reading combines two of my favorite things.  And reading relaxes me as well.  I am benefiting from two relaxing activities.  

Don’t forget your glasses, a towel to wipe your hands, and good lighting.  Be careful!  I have been known to drop my book in the water.  Disaster!

7 Surprising Reasons To Take a Bath Instead of a  Shower

You Can Infuse the Water

You would want to infuse the water to gain some added benefits.  Again, something you can’t do with a shower.  Infusing with essential oils or herbs is easy and provides you with aromatherapy enjoyment.

You can use fresh or dry.  The dry are more potent, so adjust accordingly.  (Usually 1 teaspoon of dry equals 3 teaspoons of fresh.)  Fill a small muslin bag with the herbs and place in the water.  You can also use a tea strainer.  Some suggestions for herbs are:

  • Lavender – One of the most popular, it can help relax you and help you sleep
  • Chamomile – Also for relaxing and sleeping
  • Mint – Mostly peppermint; to refresh you
  • Lemon – Another refreshing suggestion.  In fact you can use different citrus for the same effect but experience a different scent
  • Rose water – Antibacterial, it soothes the skin

Those are suggestions! Maybe you have others?

Here’s another way to infuse your bath.

Some Nerve Conditions Will Benefit From Bathing

A hot bath calms the nervous system.  This is because the body is immersed in water.  The benefits to the nervous system are more pronounced in a bath instead of a shower.  One reason is that the body is buoyed by the water and relieves pressure on the nervous system.  

Sufferers of multiple sclerosis are among those of us who benefit from this immersion.  

The warm water increases blood flow and thereby calms the brain.  Anxiety is reduced.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a study that reports this is the case.  Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing: A Randomized Intervention Study

You Can Do Some Gentle Safe Exercises in the Tub

The warm water is great for stretching as it warms up the muscles for stretching.  Of course you don’t want to stand up in the tub to exercise, but you can do a few stretches sitting down.

Mainly you are going to stretch your legs, feet and back.  Here are a few suggestions.  

  • To stretch your upper back you can hug yourself and try to touch your shoulder blades.  In another stretch, you can bring your shoulder blades together and release.  Repeat.
  • Hug your knees to your chest for a good stretch in your hips.  
  • Do ankle circles.  Extend your leg (which is actually a stretch) and circle at the ankle.  Reverse direction.  
  • With your heel a few inches away from the wall of the tub, touch your toes to the wall.  Lean forward.  You will feel this in your lower back, your hip and your leg.  


I hope these reasons will help you see that taking a bath is not just about getting clean, but rather provides many other benefits.  Taking a bath is truly self care and something most of us can do.  

If you know of other benefits, please leave them in the comments.  

Splish, splash!