A hot spring is the best destination if you want a steamy bath. And there are a lot of benefits when you soak into hot spring water. We also have several blogs on how hot springs can be beneficial to your health. But today, we have compiled another 10 benefits of bathing in hot spring water.
- Pharmacological effect – The quality of many hot springs is “sodium-calcium chloride, sulfate” of which main components are sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and sulfate ions. As it contains abundant sodium ions, you can taste little salt with a bit of lick.
- Moisturizing Effect – The steam of the hot spring water hydrates the skin and works as good as a natural moisturizer. If you have dry skin, it can also increase the oil production so your skin won’t be flaky.
- Boosts Blood Circulation – The water found in natural hot springs contains various minerals, including calcium and sodium bicarbonate. When you bathe in a hot spring, your skin soaks in these minerals, and your hydrostatic pressure rises. As this process continues, circulation and oxygen flow increase like when you exercise.
- Silky Skin Effect – During your bath, the components will start sticking to your cleansed skin and build a protective membrane. As long as you don’t wash it off, this membrane will wrap your skin for up to 2-3 hours after your bath and keep your skin smooth and silky. This will make an effect of soft glowing skin.
- Reduces Stress and Promote Sleep – Excess stress can be remedied naturally by immersing your body in a hot-spring water bath. The minerals in the water can contribute to the psychological healing process, while heat relaxes tense muscles. Improved sleep can be an added benefit; when you soak in warm water, your body temperature rises, then quickly cools down when your bath is complete. This body-cooling process can help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep.
- Apparent Skin Effect – Soaking in hot water stimulates blood circulation and opens up your pores. Like sweating in a sauna, this has a cleansing effect on your skin and flushes out impurities. After the pores are open, the water’s natural components will stick to your skin and create a protective membrane keeping your skin clean for several hours after your bath.
- Nourishing Effect – Some of the elements you can find in hot spring water have a beneficial or replenishing effect on the skin. One example of this is sulfur, which dermatologists use for ages to fight acne breakouts.
- Improved Wound Healing Effect – One of the studies that have proven that hot springs are suitable for the skin and promote skin wound healing is this study, which you can find on the US National Library of Medicine website. Toshiyuki Ojima and his team found that bathing in the carbonate ion-enriched hot springs water of a hot spring in Nagano inhibited inflammatory reactions and enhanced skin wounds’ healing process.
- Pressure effects – It is said that “legs are the second heart” as about one-third of the total blood volume gathers to legs, and this blood is sent back to the heart. When bathing, blood vessels become narrow in water pressure, blood is pushed toward the heart, and as a result, the flow of veins in the lower extremities is improved. Thus the circulation of blood and lymph also becomes active.
- Thermal effect – By warming the body in the hot springs, blood circulation is improved, and metabolism increases, and you will see the impact preeminent in terms of both beauty and health.
- Minerals in the Water – Since many hot springs contain sulfur, prepare to get a consistent rotten egg smell caused by the sulfur. There are many other minerals in the waters as well, such as calcium, sulfate, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium, zinc, to mention a few.
Hot spring water is sometimes called magic water because the relaxation it can give is heavenly. A large part of the virtues of hot springs is owed to the properties of water itself, along with the soothing heat. But hot springs are not beneficial to everyone. Precautions must always be observed, especially if you have heart-related problems. Seek your doctor’s advice before trying out new things.