Written & Photographed by Holly J. Coley, The Upstate Edit
If I could give one beauty tip, it would be this: take baths. True, that’s not as quick as chugging water or slathering your face in sunscreen, but there’s something to be said about hydrotherapy and its transformative powers.
If you caught the op-ed by Buzzfeed reporter Anne Helen Petersen about millennial burnout, you know we’re a stressed-out generation. In fact, according to a 2017 report from the American Psychological Association, we’re a chronically stressed nation with three out of four people experiencing some form of negative symptom per month. When it comes to maintaining your looks, nothing will put the kibosh faster on them than stress. It’s linked to high blood pressure, a poor immune system, weight gain and even a weak libido. It’s also been shown to prevent cellular turnover, which is fancy science speak for saying it promotes aging. That’s why it’s imperative to learn the art of relaxing—and that’s where bath time comes in.
Hydrotherapy has been used for centuries to treat muscle tension and relieve anxiety. I try to draw a bath as often as I can, and not just because it allows for R&R but because it nicely lends itself to additional medicinal treatments. Hence the headline for this story.
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