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Not So Guilty Pleasure

Ever treated yourself and then felt guilty about it afterwards?

Perhaps it was a decadent dessert, shoes, or piece of clothing. It seemed like a good idea at the time and then waves of guilt came crashing in. What if I told you that you could treat yourself without feeling badly afterwards? Intrigued? Then this is the article for you.

My latest indulgence and guilty pleasure has been pure bliss. Not only is it relaxing, but it's therapeutic at the same time. What am I talking about? My answer may surprise you and the best part is it doesn't cost much.

Whoa, got your attention now huh? The anticipation is keeping you waiting right?

Okay, okay, enough stalling, here goes.

I'm talking about taking a dip. No, not in the pool, but in the tub! Yes, you read correctly. A nice long hot, steamy, relaxing soak. Did you know taking a bath is the equivalent to a massage? Go figure.

It's true baths are good for you. What's so great about a bath you might be thinking right about now? I'm glad you asked! The simple act taking a bath helps to relax muscles, calm your mind, detoxify, moisturize, stimulate circulation and clear your lymph system. Pretty cool huh?

In case you're thinking about taking the plunge, please keep a few things in mind if you have high or low blood pressure. A bath that is too hot may cause problems. Be sure to cool down slowly after a hot bath. Allow the water to cool or add cold water slowly to return your body temperature and circulation to normal before getting out of the tub.

Needing to relax tired, achy muscles?

Take a bath! The deep muscle relaxation associated with a good hot bath helps to reduce cramps, tension headaches and improves muscle elasticity. The process is similar to a massage and beneficial for everyone from athletes to those who sit at a desk all day. When a hot bath is followed with gentle stretching, the benefits to the musculoskeletal system may even reduce the number of trips many people take to the chiropractor by helping to maintain muscle position and equal tension on the skeletal system.

Feeling frazzled?

The psychological benefits from the time to relax and unwind are numerous. A good book or magazine while relaxing in the bath can take your mind off financial and emotional worries and give you a clearer head when you need to address these problems at a later time. Keep your bath time a time without interruption to help give you a break from the chaos.

Spoil yourself!

Add oils to moisturize and shed dead skin cells. Natural oils, such as coconut oil or olive oil, help to moisturize your skin and prevent future dryness. The use of a loofa or sea sponge will remove dead skin cells to improve the appearance of radiant glowing skin without harsh chemicals. A regular hot bath with a good dermal scrubbing will put an end to dry, flaky skin and itchiness.

I like to add an Unbelievable Skin Care moisturizing Bath Budz to the tub. Doing so adds a lovely fragrance, fizz, and hydration all in one product. I'm obsessed with these little guys!

Get creative.

Add candles, glass of water, or wine, and soft music to enhance the relaxation. Transport yourself to a spay far, far away without leaving your home.

Gotta go now, bath time is calling my name!

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