Women: Special Baths

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Make the most of your bath by using it for beauty treatments as well as for getting yourself clean and fresh. The steam from a warm bath will help a face or hair packs to work well, or will soften your nails and cuticles ready for a manicure or pedicure.

Women: Special Baths

Bath additives can be used to improve your skin, or to relax or invigorate you – or simply to make you feel glamorous as you soak surrounded by a froth of bubbles.

Commercial Bath Additives:

1) Bath Salts and Crystals: These are made from solution carbonate (washing soda) and soften the water as well as scenting and coloring it. They are very useful if you live in a hard water area.
2) Bubble Baths: These are made from detergent with a stabilizer added to prevent the foam disappearing too quickly. Avoid them if you have dry skin, as they remove the skin’s natural oils.
3) Bath Gels: Unlike other bath additives, these are intended to clean your skin as you soak. They are mild enough to suit most skins.
4) Bath Milks: Like bath salts, these are basically water softeners. Some brands contain moisturizers to help dry skins. Avoid them if you have as oily skin, as they will make it worse.
5) Bath Oils: these protect dry skin from the effects of the water, and are designed to moisturize your skin. They are not suitable for anyone with an oily skin. Two types are available: floating oils, which remain one the surface of the water and cling to your skin as you get out of the bath, and emulsifying oils, which disperse through the water. Bath oils can also be rubbed into your skin before you get into the bath.
6) Bath Essences: These simply scent the water, and are often available to match your favorite perfume. Choose an alcohol-based essence if you have an oily skin, and an oil-based essence if you have dry skin.
Saunas:

In a traditional sauna you lie on a bench in a wood-lined room, heated by a stove on the top of which are several large stones. Ladling water onto these stones, produces bursts of steam which ionize the other while dry air in the sauna. Sauna temperatures vary from 150 – 230 degrees Fahrenheit (65 – 110 degrees Centigrade) the higher benches are hotter than the lower benches. The heat raises your temperature, dilates your blood vessels, makes you sweat, increases your circulation, and draws impurities from your skin.

Do not remain in a sauna for too long, alternate spells of 10 – 20 minutes with a cold shower or a plunge in a cold pool. Saunas are only for the healthy; avoid them if you have heart trouble, blood pressure problems, respiratory or circulation problems, or if you have recently had surgery or a major illness. They are also inadvisable for pregnant women.

Because saunas reduce the level of fluid in your body you may appear to lose a few pounds in weight during your sauna. However, you will replace this weight as soon as you drink a glass of water and bring your fluid level back to normal. Do not have a meal or drink alcohol within an hour of having a sauna.

Turkish Baths:

In these baths you move from room to room, each at a different temperature. You usually begin in a dry warm room, move on to a hotter dry room, and then move on to the steam rooms, again working up from warm to hot. After your steam treatment, you will be given a body scrub and massage. A plunge in a cold pool or a cold shower will close your pores again. The watch points for Turkish baths are the same as for saunas.

Steam Cabinets:

These are like a miniature Turkish bath, and because they need so much less room, they are much more easily available. Your body is enclosed in a cabinet, but your head remains outside, well away from the steam. The temperature and amount of steam can be adjusted by the operator, and a towel is wrapped around your neck to prevent the steam escaping. Watch points for steam cabinets are the same as for saunas and Turkish baths.

Body Scrubs:

The bath is the ideal place to re-textures your skin and to remove any roughness or small lumps and bumps. Friction mitts or body scrubs will keep your skin soft and step up your circulation. Rub them over damp skin as you stand in the bath, using a circular motion and always working toward your heart.

Commercial body scrubs are available, or you can make your own. Try handfuls of coarse-grained sea salt or coarse oatmeal; se salt or sugar mixed to a paste with a bland vegetable oil; or ground almonds mixed with yoghurt. Wash off all traces of the acrub in your bath or shower. For a really silky skin, finish off by smoothing in a body lotion as soon as you have dried yourself and while your skin is still warm.

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