Although I tend to believe that most adults usually don’t think of taking baths, with even a little experience, most adults seem to understand the benefits of a good soak now and then. If I just described you, you might be interested to know that taking a bath in Epsom salts offers health benefits that have led many people for years to make soaking in the tub a regular routine.
People take Epsom salt baths for many reasons. They can help to relieve stress, soothe your muscles, soften your skin and maybe even reduce the look of wrinkles. Some recent studies have even indicated that Epsom salt baths may be soothing for children with autism, help Psoriasis sufferers decrease inflammation and help athletes soothe aching muscle pain.
Epsom salts are made up of the compound magnesium sulfate, and they got their name because one of the earliest discoveries of magnesium sulfate took place in Epsom, England. Magnesium and sulfate both play essential parts in the ways in which our bodies function.
Magnesium is important in that it helps keep enzyme activity regular in your body and it helps your bodily functions to run smoothly. Sulfate also plays an important role in the way in which your body works. It has a role in the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and it can strengthen the walls of the digestive tract. Taking an Epsom salt bath helps restore magnesium and sulfate in your system because they can be absorbed through your skin.
Taking Epsom salt baths regularly may help keep your skin soft, but the key is to remember to rinse away any salt that is left on your skin after your bath. To keep your skin moisturized, use warm water in the tub and limit your time in the water – too much water or heat can take away moisturizing oils from your skin. Within a few minutes of getting out of the bath or shower, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer to lock in water and prevent it from evaporating and taking your skin’s natural oils along with it. It is recommended that you add 1–2 cups of salt per bath, using warm water for maximum efficiency. I hope that helps.