Baths are one of the most relaxing things we can do. I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m stressed or just want to have a “me day,” the first thing I do is take a bath. But, I bet you didn’t know there is a right and a wrong way to take a bath. While the ideal bath may mean super hot water, tons of candles, and bath salts, there are a few things to consider before drawing your bath. So the next time you’re having a self-care and want to spend all night in a tub, make sure you do it right:

Don’t stay in the bath for too long
I know it’s tempting to stay in the tub all night long, but that’s actually not the best for your skin. Ideally, you should stay in the bath for only 15 minutes (upsetting, I know), but staying in for any longer can make cause irritation as the hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Don’t use essential oils
I know, essential oils, in theory, are great for a bath. They smell amazing, are good for you, and are super relaxing. However, they’re not so good for your skin. The fragrances in oils can cause irritation, and essential oils should just never be mixed with water.

Don’t shave before
As lovely and relaxing as baths are, germs and bacteria live in hot water. And when you shave before taking a bath, you’re opening your pores, which allows those germs in. Instead of shaving before your bath, save it for the shower.

Make sure the water isn’t too hot
I don’t know about you, but I like my bath water to be SUPER hot. And so, it was definitely upsetting to learn that super hot water isn’t actually ideal for your bath. Too hot water can be abrasive and leave your skin looking dehydrated and dull. And that super hot water on your face can cause breakouts and irritation. It’s best if the water is warm but not steaming hot.

Make sure you moisturize after
Since the hot water can be dehydrating for your skin, you have to moisturize immediately after getting out of the bath. Moisturize with a lotion or body oil while your skin is still slightly wet for the best results.