The Next-Level Recovery Bath

Soak away soreness with bath bombs, oils, and salts.

While immersing yourself in cold water has become the trendiest way to soothe aching muscles, experts say soaking in warm water can also speed regeneration after a workout. “When you take a warm bath, you allow for the blood flow to increase and oxygen to get carried through the bloodstream to aid in recovery,” says Sarah Garland, national senior manager of planning for the spa at Equinox.

Most people don’t think of taking hot baths in the summer, says Garland, but it’s a surprisingly effective therapy for overheated skin. Moreover, a regular bathing ritual can help detoxify and hydrate the skin because the heat opens your pores, letting in any moisturizing oils and muscle-soothing salts you’ve added.

To get the most out of your soak, Garland recommends keeping the water warm, not scalding (use a thermometer and get in when it reaches roughly 100 degrees), and to get out after 10 minutes (or whenever your fingers get pruny). Seal it all in and promote softer skin with a moisturizing body lotion. 

Maximize your benefits by stretching or foam rolling after getting out of the tub, while muscles are still warm and pliable and make sure to drink plenty of water to help the body absorb nutrients and flush out any toxins.
 
Try one of the new essentials below in your bath tonight.