Turn Your At-Home Bath Into a Detoxifying Sweat Session November 16, 2017 08:06

Bring the benefits of the sauna or a HIIT workout right to your bathroom.

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Fun fact: You don't necessarily need an infrared sauna or a crazy-intense workout to get your sweat on—just a bathtub and 20 minutes can do the trick.

In fact, one wellness expert says a piping-hot soak is her favorite way to get her heart rate up while deeply relaxing at the same time. "I have a baby, run a business, and have a lot of demands, but my half hour in the bathtub is a gift," says Shannon Vaughn. 

The 5-step formula for a perfect detox bath

1. Gather your supplies
Prepping for the soak is one of the most important parts. The more organized you are the easier it'll be to drop in and chill out. Her bath time must-haves include a one-liter bottle of filtered or spring water, a warm, thick bathrobe or thick towel, bath soak, a dry brush, hydrating skin mist, and facial serum.

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2. Draw the bath
Everyone's heat tolerance is different, make the water as warm as you can stand without feeling like you're burning. Close the doors and windows so the bathroom gets hot and steamy. Set a timer and put your phone far away from you with the sound turned off.

Slowly ease into the tub when it's halfway full, and keep the water running until it covers your shoulders. If your tub's small and you have to choose between covering your upper shoulders and neck and bending your knees, choose to cover the top part of your body.

3. Get your soak on
Sit in the bath for 20-30 minutes while drinking half your liter of water.

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4. Sweat and rest
When the timer goes off, rinse in the shower and then immediately put on your robe and lay down. Your heart will be pounding, just like in an exercise class. You'll sweat more laying there than you did in the tub. Drink the second half of your water as your heart rate gradually returns to normal—this will take about 20 minutes.

5. Sweet dreams
Best to do this ritual right before bed. You'll sleep really, really well, You will get really calm and clear. Dip, dip, hooray!