Jacuzzi Detoxing: Tip of the Day 4-12-22
Using your hot tub to detox? It’s a thing! Just don’t overdo it, and protect your skin afterwards.
Having a good sweat in the hot tub is a good way to flush toxins. Before stepping in, give your body an exfoliating shower using a loofah or exfoliating wash cloth to help open up your pores. This also helps to minimize the amount of dead skin and oils that end up floating in your hot tub.
While soaking, it’s important to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I like to add ice and hydrating fruit to my water.
Your muscles will loosen while in warm water, making it a good time to do some gentle stretching.
Be sure to shower immediately after getting out of the hot tub to wash sweat and impurities off your skin. Don’t just rinse either. This is important. To avoid a rash caused by potential hot tub germs, always shower with soap and water or anti-bacterial shower wash after you get out of your jacuzzi. And, wash your swimsuit regularly.
Hot tubs can be very drying to skin because of the warm temperatures (and chlorine & bromine), so be mindful of how much time you spend soaking. Take a break after 20 minutes.
You may want to also try a spa water conditioner. It can help stabilize the pH, soften the water, and provide extra moisture to your skin while in your hot tub. Some brands offer salt water hot tubs with minerals that are less drying to the skin. People with sensitive skin might prefer a salt water hot tub. Still, shower with soap and water after getting out, even if your hot tub is a salt water model, and if you add water conditioner.
Be sure to moisturize your skin right after your post-hot tub shower. When getting out of the shower, pat your skin with a towel instead of rubbing it. While your skin is still damp, apply your moisturizer. Shea butter and cocoa butter are good if you like natural skincare. Or, choose a lotion enhanced with AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids).
To lower your risk of germs that can lead to skin rashes getting into your hot tub, consider implementing a shower-first rule when you invite friends over. Make it convenient for them to shower by having plenty of towels and anti-bacterial shower scrub on hand in your guest bathroom. Make sure kids use the bathroom and shower before getting in the hot tub.
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