A new sort of hydrogen era - Benefits of hydrogen peroxide baths
A few months ago I was deep in a rabbit hole of the benefits of deep-soaking baths. Looking at the history of bath houses, medicinal plunges, and the popularity of baths in at-home self-care routines. Pretty far down the rabbit hole I came across a study article about hydrogen peroxide bathing and knew I needed to try it out!
I have always struggled with my skin, establishing and maintaining balance of hydration without causing flare ups and break outs (yes, I have addressed gut health and will discuss that in another post). After reviewing the studies, I figured this remedy was worth a shot so I committed to weekly baths with hydrogen peroxide to see if there could possibly be a positive impact in my life.
Hydrogen peroxide baths are becoming more popular as a way to improve skin health and boost overall wellness. Since hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic, when added to a bath, it can help kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the skin's surface.
To create the perfect hydrogen peroxide bath, I start by filling the bathtub with warm water. Next, add about 1-2 cups of 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide to the water (deep soaking tubs, closer to 2 cups and standard size cups closer to 1 cup). Then, grab a book or similar, stretch out and enjoy soaking in the bath for 20-30 minutes; make sure to submerge your body as much as safely possible!
Some people find that hydrogen peroxide baths can help alleviate skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It may also help improve circulation, boost the immune system, and promote relaxation. I have noticed a definite difference in the condition of my skin, it is more supple and not so drab. After bathing I like to do a quick rinse-off in the shower then slather on body oil or whipped tallow to help maintain hydration.
It is important to note that hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on the skin in too-high of concentration, and some people may experience irritation or dryness after taking a hydrogen peroxide bath. It's best to start with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and gradually increase the amount over time if needed. I like to suggest starting at around ¼ of a cup to ½ a cup in the first few baths.
Results may vary, but after a few months of regularly testing on myself I am so pleased with the results and plan to continue doing regular baths with hydrogen peroxide.
Lots of love,
Co-owner of The Wellnest Shop