How to Take the Perfect Bath, According to Science
Bathing has had quite the journey over the past few millennia, going from a public social activity in Ancient Rome to something done in the privacy of our own homes—first for cleanliness and hygiene, and eventually, as an indulgent way to relax. (There was also a time not too long ago, when, to paraphrase Cosmo Kramer in a 1996 episode of Seinfeld, taking a bath was viewed as sitting in a tepid pool of your own filth.)
But baths have made a strong comeback over the past several years, thanks in part to being marketed as an easy, but indulgent form of self-care (good luck finding a listicle of self-care strategies that doesn't mention bathing). And, unlike many of the other suggested ways to show yourself some love from home, taking a bath is relatively accessible (depending on tub availability, of course): It's something most people can do at home at little or no cost. Better yet, baths are customizable and just for you—meaning you don't have to take into account what someone else wants: You're free to create the bath of your dreams.
But if you're not entirely sure how to take a relaxing bath that's optimal for your body and mood, we're here to help. From finding the ideal bath timing and water temperature to using bath bombs and oils, below are some science-based strategies to improve your experience in the bathtub.
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