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After a long, hard day, few things are as enjoyable as a soothing bubble bath. I, for one, like to fully immerse myself in a mountain of bubbles, turn on my favorite Diptyque candle, and put on my favorite episode of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel while eating my body weight in spaghetti (yes, I do this while taking a bath thanks to my handy tub tray). And experts agree! George Slavich, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at UCLA, says that one of the best ways to reduce stress is to surround yourself with a relaxing physical environment, like a warm bath.
Achieving the perfect bubble bath has its science though, which is why we've asked Danusia Wnek, a chemist in the Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, some important questions on how to get the best and healthiest soak.
"Bath water should never feel hot and uncomfortable because it can compromise the skin barrier," says Wnek. "The National Eczema Association recommends lukewarm (not hot) water." Additionally, the NEA recommends soaking for no longer than 15 minutes, so try to keep your bath on the shorter end.
Turn on the faucet and place your favorite bubble bath product under the running water. The friction will create bubbles, and you'll be on your way to pure bath-time bliss. Instead of using traditional store-bought bubble bath or foam, you can also DIY your own "old-fashioned bubble bath" cocktail by mixing a half cup of liquid body wash with one tablespoon of honey and one egg white. You can add onto this recipe by throwing in a few drops of your favorite skin-friendly essential oil.
Other bath accessories that help to boost your bath tub experience include bath salts, bath oil, candles, essential oils, face masks, and, if you're feeling extra, an essential oil diffuser to get a deeper sensory experience. Now, really de-stress by indulging in one (or more!) of the best bubble bath products, to help nurture your mind, body, and soul:
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