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Everything about bath additives – what you need to know!

With the right bath additive , the bathroom becomes an experience

Which gender actually bathes the most? – In addition to a shower, a pleasant bath is also an option for body care. Around 32% of all women get into the bathtub at least once a week. For men it is around 19% - and the trend is rising. The bathroom is very popular with both genders. In this article we would like to show you everything about bath additives and soap. You can now find out all about the differences and whether children should also use a bath additive.

What is a bath additive ?

In order for a soothing bath to fulfill its purpose for body care, a bath additive is required in addition to the water. These are available in a wide variety of shapes. They can be liquid, granular or powdery and are added to bath water. Furthermore, they differ in their effect. On the one hand, their pleasant scents can contribute to relaxation and recovery . Still others support skin health and the immune system. There are also bath additives that promote blood circulation and have a positive effect on the appearance of the skin. A bath additive can therefore be chosen for cosmetic or health reasons.

What bath additives are there?

Let's now take a closer look at the different bath additives:

#1. Bath additive: bubble bath

The most well-known bath additive is the bubble bath. With one of these, the tub turns into a pleasantly scented cloud that you want to immerse yourself in. A bubble bath has a cleansing effect and also helps you relax.

#2. Bath additive: bath oil

Another bath additive that has been used for thousands of years is bath oil. However, bath oils do not produce foam. However, the water can sometimes become discolored. These bath additives are used primarily for reasons of wellness and skin health.

#3. Bath additive: bath tea

Another bath additive is bath tea. Similar to tea for the cup, bath tea also works for the bathtub. This bath additive is mostly used to support health.

#4. Bath additive: bath salts

Bath salts are also very popular as a bath additive. This ensures a pleasant massage in the bathtub and is usually mixed with essential oils and other aromas. This cleanses the skin deep into the pores, calluses and crusts dissolve and minerals can be absorbed by the skin. In addition, the bath salt also reduces the production of sebaceous glands.

When should a bath additive be added to the water?

The desired bath additive is always added to the water before you start bathing. However, with some bath additives, such as bath tea or bath chocolates, you should not get directly into the water as the additive still has to be distributed. With a bubble bath, on the other hand, you can enjoy the bath immediately after adding it. Bath oils should first be mixed with a little milk or cream and only then added to the bathtub. Otherwise the beneficial oil would just float on the surface of the water. More detailed information can always be found on the packaging of the bath additive.

Which bath products are good during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, women should stay in the bathtub for 10 to a maximum of 15 minutes at a water temperature of 33 C° to 37 C°. A higher bathing temperature could lower blood pressure and thus cause circulatory problems. The risk of contractions also increases if the water is too warm.

Bathing usually removes a lot of moisture from the skin. For this reason, pregnant women should always choose moisturizing bath oils when choosing bath additives. These provide moisture and gently cleanse the skin. An aroma bath can also be highly recommended during this time. Melissa oil is generally very suitable for effectively cleansing the skin with a bath. For a good time in the tub with a calming effect on the body, you should use lavender or rose oil.

The following essential oils are ALLOWED for pregnant women:

  • Neroli
  • Vanilla
  • Lavender oil
  • rose
  • sandalwood

Which bath additives should you avoid during pregnancy?

In addition to the beneficial bath oils, there are also other bath additives that are unsuitable for pregnant women. This includes, among other things, bath salts. This gives the bathing water a higher mineral content and thus warms the water additionally. The result could then be an increased heart rate. In addition, there is a whole range of ingredients that are not suitable for women during pregnancy. These include parabens, which are a preservative and are used in many cosmetics. But aluminum chloride, oxybenzone and toluene should also be avoided. The last three mentioned are usually not used in bath additives, but in nail polishes and sunscreens.

Always clean the bathtub thoroughly before bathing!

Before a pregnant woman can enjoy a bath, the tub should be cleaned, if possible, with non-toxic cleaning products. This is because the vaginal tissue is extremely sensitive during pregnancy and could otherwise become inflamed. Any possible bacteria in the tub that may enter the vagina should be prevented by thoroughly cleaning and rinsing the tub.

The following essential oils should be AVOID for pregnant women:

  • Mint oils
  • sage
  • yarrow
  • basil
  • Cinnamon

They all promote blood circulation and can therefore lead to contractions! You can find out more about essential oils in our article: Essential oils – the pure power of plants

At what age should children start using bath products ?

The point at which a child should come into contact with a bath additive depends on their age. Basically, it is important to protect the skin and its acid mantle in the first two years of life. This is currently under construction and should not be hindered by a bath additive. In addition, babies should not be bathed more than twice a week for a maximum of five minutes. Bathing too often also damages the skin. As a result, it loses a lot of moisture and therefore elasticity, becomes cracked, red and begins to itch.

Children should also not bathe too often later on. In addition, a water temperature of 37.5 C° should not be exceeded in order not to dry out the skin. Gentle bath additives and children's baths can be added after the age of two for bathing fun. Further details and information can be found here again from the manufacturer.

Which bath additives for neurodermatitis ?

People with neurodermatitis have a particularly difficult time when it comes to personal hygiene. When it comes to bathing, there are a few important points that should not be neglected. A full bath should not be taken more than twice a week. The water should not be warmer than 35°C and the bathing time should be limited to 15 to 20 minutes. You can find even more information on the topic in our article: How does skin care for neurodermatitis work?

When it comes to bath additives for neurodermatitis, soaps should not be used. Rather, you should rely on special shampoos and gentle bath additives . A possible bath additive for neurodermatitis is the alkaline bath.

The alkaline bath

While bathing in an alkaline bath , the skin can be completely and gently cleansed. On the one hand, this bath additive ensures that skin irritation and itching are relieved. It also helps to improve the complexion a little and promote moisture. The alkaline bath should not take longer than 20 minutes and should take place a maximum of once a week.

In addition, the following are also recommended:

When was your last relaxing bath?

After a long day, a soothing bath can replenish your energy reserves and, in addition to body care, also support your health. In our online shop you will find a fine selection of bath additives that you should click through!

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