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10 Best Ways To Soak Up National Bubble Bath Day
Happy National Bubble Bath Day! (Yes, that exists. And you should celebrate.) Getty Images Has that roomy tub in your master bath collected more dust than bubbles in past years? If so, it’s time to reconsider your priorities. Taking a bath offers snazzy health benefits (better circulation! less stress! clean pores!), plus it’s a convenient excuse to crack open a bottle of Malbec after a long weekday. If you’re not a fan of bubble baths, it could be your technique. Read on for the life-changing ways to correctly take a bath. 1 of 10 Get The Temperature Just Right This isn’t a polar plunge. This isn’t scalding self-torture. This is a bubble bath. So get the temperature right: 112° F or lower is the perfect temperature to wash away dirt and other grub, Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Dr. Melissa tells The Wall Street Journal. To put that in perspective, most doctors suggest setting your home water heater to 120° F to avoid injury. If you’re not fond of running a thermometer under the faucet, just make sure it’s warm but not stinging hot. 2 of 10 You Can Make Your Own Bubbles — No Yolk! Don’t use store-bought bubbles when you can you make your own like the world’s greatest bubble guru. Tap your inner DIY genius (even if you prefer Barneys to Michaels, we know it’s in there!) and make your own bubble bath formula with liquid hand or body soap, 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon honey. The egg white will keep your bubble bath voluptuously fluffy. What more in life could you ask for? 3 of 10 Give Your Clock The Pink Slip Teeth cleanings are scheduled. Yearly reviews are scheduled. Bubble baths should not be scheduled. Resist the temptation to rush out of your suds-filled paradise by removing any time-keeping device from the bathroom. You may get pruney, but it’s truly difficult to soak for too long. In fact, at least 10 to 20 minutes is recommended for most people to get the full health benefits (studies have shown 10 minutes in a warm bath can improve cardiovascular health, and 30 minutes can improve blood sugar levels in diabetics). 4 of 10 Invest In A Bath Caddy Because, obviously, you need a place to set your wine glass, book and other bubble bath essentials. The slippery sides of your bathtub will not do. Skip the cheap plastic caddies, though, and opt for a spa-like version, such as this teak bathtub caddy from Bed Bath & Beyond. 5 of 10 Sip On Spa Water Like A Queen You’re basically in your own home spa, so drink like it! We’re not saying you have to do away with your vino, but be sure to fit in some H20 too, since sitting around in hot water can be a little dehydrating. Try this recipe for fresh cucumber and lemon water, and bathe like you’re a guest at Canyon Ranch. 6 of 10 Add A Few Drops Of Scented Oil You’re going to look amazingly rejuvenated after your bath, so you may as well smell amazing, too. Add a bit of rose or lavender oil when your bath is halfway full for maximum relaxation. You’ll emerge smelling like you’ve been casually strolling through flower fields all day. 7 of 10 Set The Atmosphere Yes, the candles and music setup is in approximately 9 out of 10 chick flicks. But c’mon: Why not live like a star? Put on music that puts you in a good place (a good Èdith Piaf soundtrack might do the trick) and light some scented candles. Hang a «Do Not Disturb» sign on your door. You deserve it. 8 of 10 Snack On Delicious Fruit Really, you could snack on anything. But now that your body is on its way to invigorating wellness, a nice bowl of strawberries or pineapple chunks can seem so much more appealing during your bubble bath than, say, a box of caramel chocolates. The fruit will also help keep you hydrated. (Ha, who are we kidding — bring the box of chocolates, too.) 9 of 10 Pour In Bath Salts Put the bath salts you receive for Christmas every year to good use in your bubble bath for relaxing and healthy benefits. These detoxifying bath salts have notes of lemongrass and mint, and might help relieve those tired muscles and joints you earned from repainting the kitchen. 10 of 10 Moisturize As Soon As You Step Out Of The Tub Make a smooth exit (he, he) from your bubble bath experience by applying moisturizer. The Mayo Clinic says applying moisturizer immediately after a bath (pat or blot the skin first, so it’s just barely dry) can trap water in the surface cells. Hey, you can’t argue with science — so lather up like silky smooth goddess you are. One of the best things you can do is indulge in some relaxation, and an easy way to do that is with a hot bubble bath. If you’re feeling crafty, it’s really easy to DIY your own bubble bath solution with some household ingredients.
The beauty of creating your own bubble bath is knowing exactly what you’re putting in your bathtub and on your body, and you get the added satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself. If this sounds like your ideal cozy night in, here’s what you need to know before soaking and a few expert-approved DIY bubble bath recipes to try.
5 DIY Bubble Bath Recipes
1. Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
In Janice Cox’s book Natural Beauty at Home, she recommends this bubble bath recipe: take a clean container, mix 1/2 cup mild liquid hand or body soap, 1 tablespoon sugar or honey, and one egg white. Then pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath.
Honey is a natural humectant, which will attract and retain moisture in your skin. The egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles, for a nice, fluffy bath. For extra-dry skin, consider adding a tablespoon of light oil, such as almond oil, for extra nourishment.
2. Black Sea Salt Bath
Mix equal parts water and Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, then add in black sea salt to your desired consistency. You want to use enough for it to give you a fizzy bath so the black sea salt can moisturize dry skin, so keep going until you start to see bubbles.
3. Foaming Vanilla-Honey Bath
Make your bubble bath extra sweet with this DIY recipe of Cox’s: In a clean container, mix 1 cup of light oil (almond, sunflower, or canola), 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup mild liquid hand or body soap, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
4. Relaxing Bubble Bath
Start with gentle liquid soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid soap, then add in two to three drops of lavender essential oil. Stir in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil until blended and dilute the solution with enough water to thin it out. It’s as easy as one, two, three!
5. Simple Bubble Bath
Keep things simple by mixing 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid soap. Then, add 1 tablespoon of coconut or almond oil, 1 teaspoon of epsom salt, and two to three drops of your favorite, non-irritating, essential oil.
Tips for an Ideal DIY Bath Experience
Now that you have a few recipes up your sleeve, here are a few more things you should consider for the perfect bathtime experience.
First, make sure your tub is clean.
If you share your tub with someone, you may not know what products were in there beforehand, which means the tub could be slippery or have an irritating product lingering behind. Therefore, Elizabeth Trattner, AP, LAc, DiplAc, NCCAOM, a doctor of Chinese and integrative medicine, recommends cleaning your tub immediately after using it to prevent stains and suggests checking before starting your bath to make sure it’s sanitary.
Then, pick a scent you love.
Unless you have extremely sensitive skin, adding a bit of essential oil to your bubble bath solution can increase your relaxation. Essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, can help you relax after a stressful day, whereas an oil like sandalwood can help moisturize dry skin.
Just take caution with how much essential oil you’re adding to the mix to prevent skin irritation. To play it safe, use no more than a couple of drops in your bubble bath solution and only use essential oils you know won’t irritate your skin. If you’re unsure, avoid them to play it safe, says Sarah Biggers-Stewart, founder and CEO of vegan cosmetics brand CLOVE + HALLOW.
Avoid sodium lauryl sulfate.
Biggers-Stewart advises anyone who wants to make their own bubble bath to absolutely avoid sodium lauryl sulfate, a common binding agent that’s used in cosmetics and skincare products to hold oil and water together. «SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a very common surfactant in products that creates foam and bubbles,» she says. However, she warns that it can be irritating for sensitive skin types and recommends against soaking in it for a prolonged time.
Studies have proved how irritating SLS can be on the skin, especially in warm water as the heat can increase the potency of any product you put in it. Trattner adds that it’s bioaccumulative, which means it stays in your body. «Hot water will drive these into the body faster as pores are open, and they can cause dermatitis as well,» she says.
Don’t expect too many bubbles.
When it comes to making a bubble bath at home, it may actually be difficult to create lots of bubbles as lighter materials tend to not lather as much as a store-bought solution. «It would be hard to make a super fizzy bubble bath at home, but for a more subtle bubble bath, a combination of castile soap, some essential oils, and a little bit of olive or coconut oil would do the trick,» says Biggers-Stewart.
Forget the flowers.
There’s something very romantic about bathing with floating flower petals, but it’s one of those additions that’s good in theory and bad in practice. «Flower baths make a mess,» says Trattner. «You can always make a flower tea, but you will have to scrub the tub.» Plus, flower petals aren’t doing anything for your skin, so you may as well leave them out. Warm baths are known to provide relief and relaxation from a long day of work. If you are lucky to have a bath tub in your home, you’d be surprised at how much easier that’ll make your life. Truth is, you don’t even need to have a stressful day before deciding to do a bath soak. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to indulge in a bath soak with bath enhancers, and what better bath products to use than bubble bath essentials? If you aren’t a fan of bubble baths, let’s help change your mind. In this article, we’ll focus on what bubble baths are, how you can make one at home, and why you need to have a bubble bath experience frequently.
What is a bubble bath?
A bubble bath just like the name implies is a liquid that has a nice fragrance and creates lots of bubbles when you pour it into your bath water. Usually, when having a bubble bath, you’ll notice a layer of surfactant foam on the surface of the water, or it isn’t a bubble bath. The essence of a bubble bath is to remove impurities from your skin, and that’s why a bubble bath mixture needs to be void of harsh chemicals so it doesn’t counter the detoxifying benefits.
Who invented bubble baths?
Pinpointing the first inventor of bubble baths is a bit dicey because you can’t exactly draw a line as to what qualifies as a bubble bath. After all, the general definition of a bubble bath is centered on its capacity to create bubbles in the water. However, the first American bubble bath formula was manufactured in the 1940s by Chemtoy, which is a Chicago-based company. Then in the 1960s, Harold Schafer manufactured a new bubble bath product and called it «Mr Bubble». There has been a lot of uproar concerning who invented bubble baths first, but all we know is that bubble baths have come a really long way since their first recognition.
What are the typical ingredients in a bubble bath?
In general, you need just three ingredients to make a bubble bath; water, air and soap (any type of body soap, just make sure it lathers well). A bubble bath is all about preference, and it’s something you can make from the comfort of your home. Bubble bath is a lot easier to make than a bath bomb, and that’s why most people always do a homemade bubble bath. The ingredients in a homemade bubble bath depend on what you need, and of course what your skin needs. You can decide to bath oils to your mixture as well. The beauty about this is that, you can include whatever you feel will make your bath before bed more relaxing.
How to prepare and take a bubble bath?
The perfect bath time for kids involves bubbles and foams, and it’s understandable if you want to make the bath ritual in your home a fun activity. As we mentioned earlier, you can customize the ingredients of your bubble bath depending on your skin texture. For those with extra-dry skin, adding bath oils might just be what you need. To make your bubble bath, you don’t need a lot of ingredients, as the ingredients in your kitchen can suffice. Let’s get started; 1. Select any soap of your choice Any soap of your choice doesn’t involve soaps with non-foaming effects, after all, that’s what creates the bubbles. Get 1/2 cup of any liquid soap, and pour it into a clean bowl. Also, you can use a glass bowl if you want to. Use liquid castile soap if you have zero ideas about the type of soap to use, or you could just use shampoo, Using scented soaps gives your bubble bath a sweet fragrance, so you might want to consider that when choosing a soap. Also, make sure you are using a mild soap to avoid skin irritations. 2. Add honey Staying in a hot tub for a prolonged period can dry out your skin, and that’s why you need honey to balance that. Honey helps moisturize your skin, and leave it fresh. So, add 1tbsp of runny honey to the mixture. 3. Add light oils This is particularly for those with dry skin. Add one 1 tbsp of any light oil, it could be rosemary oil or jojoba oil. Alternatively, you can choose to add milk instead, if you intend on making a milk bubble bath. However, if your skin is always oily, you can skip this step. 4. Pour egg whites into the mixture If you want to make your bubble bath foamy, then you need egg whites, Surprising as it may sound, egg white is needed to create more bubbles. However, remember that you aren’t putting the whole egg combination, just the egg white. To get the egg white, follow these simple tricks;
- Crack the egg on a hard surface and use a clean hand to reach out for the yolk; ensure your hand is over a clean, nice bowl for this.
- Ensure your fingers are lightly separated, so the egg white can slide through.
- Put the yolk into your other hand, and let more egg white slip out.
- Keep switching the egg yolk to both palms until all the white are inside the bowl already
- Pour the yolk into a second bowl, and you use it for something else later.
5. Put in essential oils for extra fragrance Essential oils are necessary if you want to have aromatherapy benefits. You can use lavender oil, sandalwood oil and vanilla oil, especially if you want to de-stress after a long day at work. 6. Mix all the ingredients After you have gotten all your ingredients into the bowl, stir gently until they are well-blended. There’s no point stirring too hard because it might cause your mixture to get too stiff, thereby defeating the purpose. 7. Pour the mixture into a plastic container Transfer the mixture into an airtight container, so it doesn’t spill when placed in the wrong position. You can use a jar, plastic bottle, or glass bottle with caps. Ensure you label your container, so you don’t get things mixed up. 8. Store properly Your bubble bath has a mixture of egg whites, meaning it can get spoilt when not stored properly. Keep it in your refrigerator if you aren’t using it. And that’s all about making a homemade bubble bath. How about how to use it? Let’s get into that;
Fill in your bathtub
Pour water into your tub, but use a temperature that’s not too hot. Also, don’t make get the tub full to the brim.
Pour in your bubble bath
When pouring the bubble bath into the hot bath, ensure the water is running while you are doing it. If not, your bubbles won’t form.
Fill in the tub
Now, you can pour running water into your hot tub, until it gets to the required level you want. You can stir the water if you feel it’s not foamy enough. Proceed to step into your bath tub and enjoy your bubble bath.
Things to avoid when taking a bubble bath
Bubble baths are fun, yes. However, you need to be careful of making certain mistakes if you want to have healthy skin after your bath. Remember that taking a bath is supposed to be relaxing and in some instances a way to improve your cardiovascular health, and reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. But when done wrongly, you might end up with irritated patches of skin. Let’s look at a few things you can avoid when taking a bubble bath;
- Make sure that you don’t use super hot water especially if you have dry skin, as this can increase dryness. If you feel warm water isn’t relaxing enough, add hot water slowly, but ensure the temperature isn’t sizzling hot.
- Bubble baths can be extremely relaxing, but don’t stay too long in a hot bath because it might be dehydrating. A prolonged stay in water will draw out moisture from the dermis of your skin.
- Don’t use bubble baths that contain fragrances, as they can cause harm to your lady parts and probably a yeast infection.
- You can add bath oil to your bubble bath mixture if you intend to spend more than 15 minutes in the water, to lock moisture in. But ensure you clean the tub properly to avoid slipping.
What are the benefits of a bubble bath?
Having a bubble bath with scented candles surrounded in your bathroom is a great way to relax your muscles, but remember that bath temperature is important as well. There are a few health benefits you’ll get to enjoy when you make your bubble bath voluptuously foamy. Bubble baths can serve as a detox bath to help relax sore muscles, improve your mental health and even brighten up your mood. The human body is made up of water, hence keeping your body hydrated is very important. In addition, you can always take a glass of water every time you hop into your bathtub. Relaxing in a bubble bath will help improve muscle function and relieve muscle pains.
Are bubble baths safe?
Fragranced bubble baths aren’t exactly safe because they can cause dryness of the skin, and maybe urinary tract infections. Bubble baths come in different types and that’s why it’s important to make yours, so you can regulate the ingredients you put in it. However, if you are unable to prepare your bubble bath, ensure you don’t stay too long in the tub, because bath bubbles may contain skin irritating ingredients like sodium laureth sulphate and cocami-dopropyl betaine.
Bubble baths are personal care products that deserve to be in your beauty care routine. To make it more personalized, it’ll help if you prepared it with any essential you love; it could be lavender oil or even rosemary oil. If you intend to have clean skin, customize your homemade bubble bath recipe to your skin needs, and make sure you don’t stay too long in the tub.
- What’s the Difference between a Foam Bath & Bubble Bath?
Both terms are usually used interchangeably, and it’s not difficult to understand why. That’s because they are the same thing. A foam bath is a bubble bath and vice versa. 2. Are you supposed to rinse off after a bubble bath? Of course. You need to rinse off after a bubble bath because you wouldn’t want soap scum all over your skin, and neither do you want your skin to be sticky. 3. Are bubble baths better than normal baths? Bubble baths have more benefits than normal baths, making them a better option. Soaking in your tub is a great way to get rid of muscle aches and relieve tension, and that’s not usually possible with normal baths. After a long hard day, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing bath to improve your mood and ready you for tomorrow’s hurdles. A blissful bath time can only be improved with candles, quality reading material and of course, plenty of bubbles. When it comes to bath bubbles, it seems the bigger the better. With scientific studies confirming that bubble baths can retain heat longer than a bubble-less bath. But how do you go about making big bubbles in your bath? We see if there are any tips or tricks, including how to make your own DIY bubble bath. Related: Bathing Habits of the World [Infographic]
The science behind bubble bath
Bubble bath contains foaming surfactants. These are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids. What this basically means is that when the bubble bath meets the water and is hit by the force of more water filling the tub, bubbles are formed. Scienceline.org says ‘A bubble is born when two layers of soap molecules trap a layer of water molecules between them, creating a molecular sandwich.’
How to create big bubbles
With this in mind, it seems that the more movement, or splashing, the more bubbles. To create an optimum amount of bubbles, it’s advised to wait until there are a couple inches of water in the tub before adding your chosen bubble bath. When pouring in your bubble bath, add it slowly and right underneath the running water. The stronger the water pressure, the more bubbles you’ll get. To increase the suds, rapidly run your fingers through the liquid underneath the tap and if need be, add more bubble bath before turning off the tap. If you have a jetted bath tub, you’ll increase your chances of big bubbles, as the bubbles keep growing higher thanks to the power of the jets.
How to make DIY Bubble Bath
Writing for realsimple.com, Janice Cox author of Natural Beauty at Home, shares tips on making your very own bubble bath. Simply use half a cup of liquid soap best suited to your body. ‘Sore muscles? Add a bit of sea salt or Epsom salts. Dry skin? Add natural oil. Stressed out? Try a calming scent, such as vanilla or lavender.’ Add a tablespoon of sugar or honey depending on your preferences. Sugar can act as a natural exfoliant, whereas honey helps to keep your skin moisturised and soft. After this, add one egg white to the mixture. As bizarre as it sounds, the egg white helps create stronger more durable bubbles, for a relaxing bubble bath. Related: Transform Your Bathroom Into A Personal Sanctuary
If you are craving the perfect relaxing bath, other things you can do include dimming the lights, adding a surplus of candles and trying bath salts. Bath salts help to relax your muscles, which is especially useful after a tough work out or long day on your feet. They also help to reduce any inflammation, which will help you wind down before bedtime. On top of that, close your eyes when in the tub, you could even try using cucumber slices over your eye lids for the ultimate in relaxation. Now you know how to make big bubbles which bath is best to soak in? Freestanding Bath, a Corner Bath or a Bette Steel Bath
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