Hot tubs could be more harmful than helpful to your body and skin.

Do you love sitting in hot tubs? If you said yes, did you know you could be harming your skin? Although a nice soak can be the ultimate for relaxation, the water may not be as beneficial as you think. Hot water causes dry skin, and let’s not forget to mention the chemicals that can be found in some tubs, which can dramatically change the landscape of your skin’s microbiome.

So if you are like me and you love a nice hot tub soak and glass of wine under the stars, here are some things you can do to help protect your skin.

  • Limit Your Time – The longer you sit in the hot tub, the more likely your skin is to dry out. When the skin is dry, it can become itchy and or feel irritated. This can be caused by the water temperature and/or chemicals.
  • Rinse Off – As soon as you get out of the hot tub. Iit is wise to take a shower to rinse off any chlorine or chemicals. Also by removing your bathing suit immediately you avoid any irritation caused by a damp suit.
  • Moisturize – After your shower moisturizing is key. My favorite go to is a professional grade aloe base. Some people recommend moisturizers that contain glycerin, panthenol, or lactic.
  • Test The Temperature – If the water is above 104 degrees, you may need to think twice. Anything above this temperature can burn and damage the skin.  

Now the question has been posed, if hot tubs are potentially harming your skin, what about saunas or even hot yoga?

Here is what one doctor had to say about that.

“Folliculiitis (ingrown hairs) can be a common problem with extended hot tub use, as can urinary tract infections, especially in females,” stated Dr. Romansky of Healthmark Foot and Ankle. “Bacterial infections, skin rashes, and irritation due to chemicals in the hot tub are common skin conditions associated with use. In saunas, there can be concern for staph or MRSA, especially in public gyms.”

As far as hot yoga goes, we asked a local studio who stated, “It is good to always use an anti-microbrial mat or one that protects sweat from seeping in, such as Manduka. In addition you should always clean your mat (both sides) after class, and let it dry completely before rolling it up.”