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Unusual bathing methods around the world

Bathing has become such an integral part of our daily lives; we don’t think twice about it. For most, it would seem odd or even gross to go without showering for more than a day. It’s not just that we have grown accustomed to washing dirt off our bodies for hygienic purposes, we enjoy the ritual of bathing. A hot shower can help reduce stress, muscle fatigue, and release toxins. In short, a good soak can go a long way for the body and the mind. Before we get into the different bathing traditions around the world, it’s important to note that cultural sustainability is just as vital as environmental sustainability. Places like the Korean baths or the Russian banya use a...

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Staycation ideas at home

If you just need to get away from it all but don't have the funds or vacation time to take a big family vacation, consider a staycation instead. Sometimes it feels even more luxurious to just languish in your own home, avoiding your responsibilities, foregoing pants, and spending your time however you dang well please. Whether you have a significant other to hole up with or you take some time to really treat yourself solo, these staycation ideas will help you live your best life even if you're on a tight budget. A staycation has always been a great option for taking some time off and unwinding without having to get on a plane or break the bank. The concept has now become more...

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Prepare your body for summer

It’s begun. Ads, magazine articles, and social media posts related to the topic of “getting in shape” for your summer body. All these posts telling us how our bodies should look and that “healthy eating” and “exercise” isn’t enough until we get the ideal “beach body.” As far as I’m concerned, these ads are playing on our insecurities and what society tells us is “beautiful.” They are trying to sell us their diet product (by the way, the diet industry is a 60-billion-dollar industry) or wanting us to purchase some sort of exercise plan. All so we can get in shape, be healthy and look good. Well, first of all, health comes in many different shapes and sizes. Expending too...

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Exfoliate your skin during bath

Simply put, exfoliating helps to keep your skin silky soft and smooth by buffing away and removing dead skin cells. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days or so. When this happens, new skin cells form the top layers of your skin. If those dead cells don’t shed, it can result in dull, dry and flaky patches. Exfoliating is the process of helping to speed up that process by removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can exfoliate your skin by using a purpose-made chemical or granular exfoliating product or an exfoliation tool such as a pumice stone, exfoliating shower puff or an electric cleansing/exfoliating brush. You can also exfoliate your skin by...

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Benefits of Steam Bathing

Steam Bathing is a method of bathing where you stay in a steam filled room for 20-30 minutes. Anyone who has experienced this, say that it is relaxing and cleansing at the same time. But there is more to that. Steam Bathing has a lot of benefits too, physical and mental, even environmental. This method of bathing is very common in spas, gyms and country clubs. Normally it would be a good social interaction activity since all mentioned above are very public and you tend to share steam bathing with random people. That is good but isn’t it more comfortable when you steam bath all by yourself; in the comfort of your own home? There are companies that sell portable...

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