While the hot water may feel wonderful against your skin, it is actually harming it, depleting natural oils, possibly worsening conditions like eczema and even causing inflammation. As excellent as a long, hot bath may feel at the moment, the risks to your skin can make it not worth it.
What happens if your bath is too hot?
Believe it or not, taking baths that are too hot does have some negative side effects. The biggest risk concerns your skin. Bathwater that is too hot depletes your skins natural oils, causing it to dry out faster than it normally would.
Why are hot baths dangerous?
Medical experts say sudden or extended immersion in hot water can superheat your body and stress your heart. “Hot tubs and saunas are potentially dangerous for patients with known or suspected heart disease,” says cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD.
Are really hot baths good for you?
Not only does a warm bath make the blood flow easier, it also makes it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower, particularly when taking in steam. Taking a hot bath or spa can kill bacteria and improve immunity. It can relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.