The Bubble Bath
A bubble bath is great for your mental and physical health. A "bubble bath" is defined by the addition of special solutions to the water in the bathtub to generate bubbles. Products include bath salts, soaps and essential oils. Enjoy the health benefits of relaxation, smoother skin and time for the self that are provided by a bubble bath.
Relaxation and the Bubble Bath
One health benefit of the bubble bath is that it provides a great environment for you to relax. The warm water combines with bubbles that have scents personalized to your desired mood. Relaxing scents are lavender and vanilla, while energizing scents are peppermint and citrus.
Once the water is filled to the desired level in the tub, add essential oils for further relaxation. Essential oils are highly concentrated essences of aromatic plants. A great recipe for a relaxing and calming bath is:
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Cedarwood
- 2 drops Bergamot
As the water moves in the tub, the scents of the oils rise with the steam of the water. Lay back and enjoy the warmth of the water and the calming scent in the air. You are enjoying the health benefit of aromatherapy to help heal the mind.
You are healing your mind as you take time to mentally rejuvenate from your busy day spent working, juggling family priorities and maintaining the home. Perhaps the bubble bath is taken at the end of the day to give you time to unwind. Days are busy for many people as they engage in a speed race going from one task to another one.
In the bubble bath, you slow down your day and lay in peace. You can add candles and calming music to complete a relaxing bubble bath atmosphere if you desire those comforts. Relaxation is a wonderful health benefit for you.
Skin Care and the Bubble Bath
Another health benefit of a bubble bath is the improved condition of your skin. A soak in a bubble bath can leave with smoother skin. The water softens the skin, which creates an easier surface to exfoliate away any dead skin cells. Tools to help you exfoliate your skin while in the tub include:
- Loofah Sponge
- Pumice Stone
- Foot Scrubs
Use the loofah on rough patches of skin, such as your elbows. Rub the pumice stone gently along the hard skin that develops on the ball, heel or soft underfoot areas of your feet. Foot scrubs are available in a variety of scents to match your scented bubbles, whether your bath is relaxing or invigorating in nature.
After your bubble bath, pat your skin with a towel gently and apply body lotion to add moisture back into your skin. A great health benefit physically of a bubble bath is the improvement of the softness of your skin.
As well, the warm water of the bath can help alleviate any sore muscles; here is another important health benefit. Add Epsom salts to your bubble bath to further soften the water and help get rid of your body aches.
The Bubble Bath and the Benefits for the Self
Another health benefit of a bubble bath is that you focus on you . You draw attention to your sense of self.
While the rest of the day may be spent caring for other people or being busy completing daily tasks, the bubble bath is time to take care of you , and only you. You have time to reflect on the day's problems or simply clear your mind of any anxiety-provoking thoughts. You work at strengthening your mental health.
Before dipping into your bath, try telling the other members of your household that you will be in the tub and are not to be disturbed. When you clearly carve out the time for yourself, you are not worrying if you are taking too long in the bath or you do not feel other outside pressures to hurry up your bubble bath time.
An invigorating bubble bath, such as one that uses citrus scented soaps, can actually improve your train of thought. As you lay back in the bathtub, you may find yourself feeling more energized to work on a current project or have a new idea for a work assignment. The invigorating scent combines with the lack of outside distractions in the bathroom to increase your clarity of thought. What a great mental health benefit of the bubble bath!
Do You Enjoy Bubble Baths?
There are many mental and physical health benefits of a bubble bath. Carve out time for you and feel stronger mentally following your alone time. Create a relaxing environment in the bathtub to help rejuvenate your mind to keep you in strong mental health. Also, improve the smoothness of your skin by using an exfoliating tool during your bubble bath. The next time you take a bubble bath, remember the great ways that you are improving upon your health!
*NOTE: Bubble baths are not suitable for everyone. Pregnant women and people with dry skin should avoid hot water of baths for long periods of time. The water may dry out the skin further.*
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Queenlushlips on April 04, 2013:
Beautiful hub, I want one like this but more research is a much!
mchat on March 31, 2013:
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Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 01, 2013:
Never heard about bubble bath. I want to try this.
Jenna Estefan from Seattle, WA on January 31, 2013:
I love bubble baths! I linked to your hub on my hub, How to Take a Relaxing bath. Thanks for the useful info!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 31, 2013:
I use to enjoy bubble baths, but I am to hyper to relax in one. I always think of what else I could be doing. I enjoyed your bubbly hub! :)
Dana Strang from Ohio on January 31, 2013:
I really enjoy baths. Bubble baths really do have a super relaxing quality. The bubble feel great, I even like the way they sound. I have fry skin also and ading oils really makes a great difference.... Thanks for reminding us that finding time to take a bath is worth it!
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 20, 2012:
Hi Diane, I have quite a few too. They are a great way to pamper ourselves :) Thanks for the nice comment here.
Rajan, nice to see you! Yes it is a relaxing experience. I hope you have one and if you do that it relaxes you.
Alecia, Yes I understand what you mean about the experience being brief. I hope you do get to enjoy one soon. Maybe add more bubbles :) Thanks for the comment and the share too, smiles for you!
Diane Minton from Evansville, Indiana on October 19, 2012:
This is great, I do this each day and always feel like a million bucks when I am thru. Thanks this is very nice.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 19, 2012:
Very interesting read Christy. I've never had one. I'd hace to get a bathtub installed first. But the idea surely appeals to me that of having a relaxing and soothing bath.
Voting up/useful/interesting and sharing of course.
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 19, 2012:
I wish I could like baths more. For me when the bubbles fade and the heat leaves the water, I don't wanna stay in the tub. But the times I do manage to take a bath I feel good and refreshed. This hub is a great reminder of that!
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 05, 2012:
Thank-you Gamerelated, so nice!
Gamerelated from California on July 29, 2012:
This is an excellent Hub about bubble baths. It was very informative and interesting.
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 08, 2012:
@DzyMsLizzy, your comment is so funny! I can just see the cat falling in - I wonder if it's okay now I'm glad I don't have a cat :) Mmm bath salts hehe. I completely understand with your tub why that would be uncomfortable; all the more reason for you to treat yourself to a day at the spa! Thanks for stopping by to read and for the laughs too!
@Daughter of Maat, Go ahead and relax in the tub :) Thanks!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 06, 2012:
Ahh.....I used to enjoy them...not so much anymore. For one thing, being older, it is harder to lower myself into the tub and get out again. For another, our tub is terrible. It's way to short for a good soak. If you want your shoulders underwater, you have to stick your feet on the wall above the faucet; if you want your knees soaking, you are sitting straight up, wet and getting chilled from the waist up.
The last time I tried to take a bubble bath, I had a curious cat try to paw the bubbles, and he fell in! I had to scruff him fast and yell for my husband to come with a towel to dry a pissed-off cat! LOL
(These days--maybe we need to be careful about using the term "bath salts" ;-) ... what next!?)
Voted up, interesting and useful...and looking for a 'wistful/nostalgia' button!
Mel Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 06, 2012:
Oh I want a bubble bath now!! Great hub, as always Christy!
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 01, 2012:
@Ivona, yes bath salts can do wonders. Relaxing is in itself a great thing, thanks for coming by to comment.
@Jackie, Sounds good! Take time for yourself my friend.
Ivona Poyntz from UK on July 01, 2012:
Great hub. I normally prefer a creme rather than bubble bath, but can't deny salts are good for the skin.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 30, 2012:
I know what you say is true, there is nothing like a good soft soak! It takes away pain and stress. I will try your recipe! ^
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2012:
@Peggy, bubble baths are a nice way to relax and break from the day. I hope you make time for one soon. Thanks for the share, vote, and lovely comment too.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2012:
It has been some time since I have taken a bubble bath but you reminded me just how aromatic and relaxing it can be. Thanks! I could use a good soak in the tub right now! Voted useful and will share.
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 03, 2012:
@Jane, you deserve it! Nice to see you here, you're so sweet
Jane Carroll on June 03, 2012:
Ahhh...I loved this article...makes me want to settle in for a soak in the middle of the afternoon...and...hey...why not?
Christy Birmingham (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2012:
@Marc, there are no bubbles in lakes hehe! Thanks for your comments buddy, nice to see you!
@boundary, perhaps you can come up with an equivalent way to relax :) Thanks for the comment.
@Lord, hehe you need to clean your feet silly :) Thanks for the compliments!
@Jackie, you are quite right about that!
@teaches, What a great comment, enjoy your time spent relaxing.
Marc Babineau from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City on May 09, 2012:
I prefer a lake, but a bubble bath is also great, especially when accompanied!
Thomas Mulrooney from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on May 09, 2012:
Makes me wish I still had a bath in my bathroom! :-(
Joseph De Cross from New York on May 08, 2012:
Well done! This is a good hub for our guy who doesn't take care of his feet, the odorous feet that kept women away from him.
Great article Christy!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 08, 2012:
Great write, nothing like a nice hot silky soak!
Dianna Mendez on May 08, 2012:
I am so ready for that bubble bath with the added lavender and salts. I enjoyed your hub and found it a relaxing read. :)