It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be talking about detoxing. And with good reason too. Lots of us have been eating and drinking in excess over the last few weeks, and it’s a good idea to give our bodies a helping hand to recover from all that festive overindulgence!
So why take a detox bath?
Detoxification has been around for thousands of years. Detox experts refer to the skin as a third kidney. What they mean by that is toxins are excreted from the body through sweating. Taking a detox bath will help your skin get rid of toxins. In addition, your skin gets the chance to absorb helpful minerals and nutrients from the water. Finally, you’ll feel amazing afterwards!
Raring to go? This is how you do it.
- Give yourself plenty of time. Make sure you have at least 40 minutes to spare. Detox baths cannot be rushed. You need the first 20 minutes for the toxins to be removed, and the other for absorbing the goodies in the water.
- Fill that tub. If you have a chlorine filter, use it. Then fill the cast iron bath with hot water. Remember, your skin needs to sweat if the detox is going to work.
- Here comes the magic. Add two cups of Epsom salts to your bath. Otherwise known as magnesium sulphate, Epsom salts help you detox in two ways: it cleans toxins from the skin, and combats hypertension by replenishing your magnesium level.
- The secret ingredient. Known for its cleansing and anti-fungal properties, baking soda also leaves the skin feeling very soft. Add one cup.
- Sweat it out. Ginger is great for increasing your heat levels to help you sweat out those toxins. It’s worth noting that your skin may turn red for a few minutes – so be careful how much you add if you have sensitive skin. Normally, around one teaspoon should be enough. But if you don’t fancy it, just leave it out.
- Aroma time. A detox bath is the perfect time to fill your bathroom and your mind with wonderful fragrances. Aromatherapy oils claim to have many therapeutic properties, and can make your detox much more relaxing (with lavender), energising (with lemon) or cleansing (with tea tree oil). About five-ten drops should do it.
- …And soak. Once all the ingredients are in, mix the water up with your hand, light some candles, and then get into the bath.
- All good things must come to an end. After you’ve soaked for around forty minutes, get out of the bath carefully. The bath itself may be slippery from the salts and oils. Also, you might be feeling a little drained after your detox. So wrap up warm and curl up on the sofa until you get your energy back. And make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out any remaining toxins.