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Jet lag can take a toll on the most veteran globe trotters, but it’s possible to help outsmart it. As for one of the most effective (and coincidentally, convenient) ways to do so? Bathing.
Because jet lag – in brief: a temporary, fatigue-related disorder that occurs when traveling across time zones – affects both your physical and mental state, it can manifest itself in a wide range of symptoms. And the great news is that bathing conveniently addresses a lot of them.
For starters, drawing a bath induces a slumbering state of mind by regulating body temperature. “If your travel schedule means your day is turned upside down and morning is suddenly nighttime, a warm bath is an amazing way to heat your body, allowing you to fall asleep easier,” says Tim Hollinger, Co-Founder of San Francisco-based sustainable bath and body brand Bathing Culture. “Conversely, a cool one will wake you up.”
Then, there’s the stress factor. Hellen Yuan, founder of HELLEN bath brews, explains, “Flying is known to raise and cause many levels of stress, from rushing to make your flight on time, to sitting next to a less-than-pleasant stranger.” Yuan says the simple act of soaking in water will immediately help you feel more grounded, but recommends bumping up your routine by adding epsom salts – which aid both relaxation and detoxification by “eliminating waste from the skin and reducing muscular aches and pains.”
Bathing can also stimulate circulation, which gets affected when you’re flying at high altitudes and sitting in one position for an extended period. Hollinger explains, “Bathing has been proven to increase blood flow, which leads to better digestion and less inflammation.”
Feeling especially parched post-flight? Hitting the tub can help with that issue, too. “At high altitudes, air is devoid of moisture – which causes dehydration,” says Yuan. “The steam from the bath hydrates and brings relief to the nose and throat.”
Above all else, taking a bath once you’ve reached your destination can serve as a virtual reset button. Just think about how germ-infested plane can be, in contrast to a pristine tub filled with fresh water. Hollinger refers to it as “a clean start. A bath once you get off the plane is an amazing way to not only get clean, but feel clean – and approach the new adventure you’re about to go on with a fresh start.”
Below, five clean and well-crafted bath products you should pack on your next trip.
Aman Purifying Quartz Scrub and Soak, $112.50
Since 1988, Aman Resorts have been world renown for their incredibly luxurious spa experiences. And with this newly-launched two-in-one treatment, it’s easy to recreate an equally pampering experience at home. First, massage a tablespoon onto the skin to slough off dead skin cells. Then, soak in warm water for twenty minutes, to let the quartz and seaweed fucus oil invigorate and energize.
This organic product packs a potent, two-way punch with mustard and eucalyptus. The former ingredient has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to stimulate circulation and draw out toxins – making it ideal for fitness fanatics – while the latter encourages deep, restorative breaths with its refreshing scent.
While CBD is featured in all kinds of beauty and wellness products, incorporating it into bath salts particularly makes good sense. Because while soaking in a tub is relaxing as is, heat can reportedly amplify CBD’s ability to promote a deeper state of relaxation and well-being. And the zippy citrus-piney fragrance is an added bonus.
While all of Hellen Yuan’s Bath Brews are meticulously hand-crafted with salts, oils, stones, and flowers, this one feels especially appropriate for the travel-fatigued. Play the custom Vincent Matthew soundtrack while soaking in this brew – it’s infused with organic juniper berry, California white sage, and tiger eye – to help center yourself.
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