11 Detox Baths That Aren't Messing Around

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Detox baths may be a bit of a fad, but that doesn't mean they're baloney. If you're sick of everyone talking about them, then we challenge you to take one and see if you can stop talking about it.
Therapeutic bathing is nothing new. It's one of the oldest treatments for virtually everything — illness, injury, vitamin deficiency. While we always raise an eyebrow at the term "detox," there's no arguing the benefits of a high-quality soak. The added bonus is that it makes you look great. A hot, steamy bath naturally gets the blood flowing and makes your skin more glowing than not. Throw in a bunch of essential oils, natural exfoliants, and deep-cleaning ingredients, and you're going to look as good as you feel.
We've rounded up some classic, curative recipes you can DIY at home, plus the best of the shoppable detox baths available. Do yourself a favor and scrub out your tub, and then pick the one that sounds like your jam. Good luck getting out.
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The Ginger Sweat

1/2 cup witch hazel
3 tbsp ginger powder

Sometimes, you just need to sweat it out. Whether you're trying to kick a lingering cold or knock out a hangover, this will get the blood pumping.

Just a small amount of ginger gets you sweating, so be sure to hydrate before and after this bath. Witch hazel plays a strong back-up, providing a wallop of antimicrobial strength. You'll step out of the tub warm, rosy, and super clean. Witch hazel can be drying, so follow up with a rich moisturizer or body oil (just wait until you stop sweating).
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The Hydration Bath

Pursoma's line of bath mixes is one of the most luxurious out there — and there's a reason. The Resurrection Bath is jammed with eco-certified French green clay, sea salt, and wild-harvested spirulina and laminaria for deep skin hydration.

Combined with strict instructions to grab a glass of water and wrap up in a blanket for a good half hour after bathing, the result is soft, soothed skin and instant relaxation. Of course, we could cuddle up in a cozy blanket any old night, but sometimes it helps to have someone order you to.
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The Skin Savior

1/2 cup activated charcoal

Activated charcoal does not mess around. Its super fine granules grab on to just about everything, making it a detoxifier like no other. It's so powerful, in fact, that it's vital not to overdo it and "detox" the good along with the bad.

However, there's no greater natural remedy for common skin issues. This stuff combats acne, soothes eczema, and helps the healing process for rashes and bites. Bonus: When you rinse out the tub, it will look cleaner than you've seen it in months.
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The Sick Day Bath:

1 cup sea salt (Celtic or other)
1 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda

Ya know what? Don't worry about measuring. Just dump it in. If you've resorted to this bath, you're already fighting a serious battle. This is the bath for when you cannot, will not get sick. If everyone in your office is hacking, and you're maybe starting to feel iffy — do this.

A spinoff of Liv Tyler's famous healthy-kid bath, this adds a twist of Celtic sea salt. This Atlantic-Ocean salt is naturally packed with 82 trace minerals and can help restore your electrolyte balance. The peroxide-baking-soda combo helps your pores open up and soak up all that goodness while warming you up inside and out.

Like witch hazel, peroxide is drying, so make sure to moisturize head-to-toe after this potent soak.
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The Energizer

This fancy-pants bath oil from Elemental Herbology covers all bases. Your skin gets perked up with grapefruit oil and juniper, then softened with essential oils and treated with vitamin E. It might sound pretty basic, but this is your go-to when you want to look and feel glowy.
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Photo: Courtesy Of Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath.
Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath

If there's such a thing as cult bath products, this is at the top of the list. Long beloved by athletes, it's an almost miraculous cure for stiff or injured muscles. Mustard seed alone is warming and stimulating, but Dr. Singha adds essential oils for an even more invigorating effect. People report that it can be even better than massage, especially when you're dealing with an injury.

On top of that, this is another sweat-starter: Filled with wintergreen and eucalyptus, it's a great defense against cold season. Bottom line: We've joined the cult and you should, too.
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Photo: Courtesy Of Elemis.
The Muscle Bath

If you've overdone it (or just done it) at the gym, this little packet from Elemis has a dose of everything you need. Algae and sea plants restock your mineral stores, while rosemary oil eases achy joints and weary muscles.

Since it's one of the only travel-friendly bath soaks, you can throw a few packets into your suitcase for one of those walking-around-all-day vacations. And, if you suffer from muscular spasms or uncomfortable tightness after exercise, this may be the perfect pre-bedtime soak.
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The Recharge Bath

10 drops peppermint oil
1 cup epsom salt

This is the perfect pick-me-up when you're feeling run-down, sore, or depleted. Epsom salt is the not-so-secret drugstore wonder: Not only does it soothe and revitalize sore muscles, it packs a high-magnesium punch. Magnesium is a crucial element for your nervous system (and sleep cycle), and when you run low on it, you're going to feel lousy.

Peppermint oil is both cooling and invigorating on your skin, and beloved for it's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Combining these power players makes for one potent bath that will help you unwind and replenish.
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Photo: Courtesy Of LL's Magnetic Clay Bath.
LL's (Mysterious) Magnetic Clay Bath

Honestly, we're not sure what's going on with this magnetic clay thing. The LL team did not return our desperate calls and emails inquiring about these curious baths. But, we HAD to include something so hardcore and mysterious. Here's what we know so far:

LL's Magnetic Clay Baths makes 12 varieties of detox bath kits, each tailored for different kinds of toxins. There are baths for smokers, city dwellers, and even those who have been exposed to radiation. The kits (which run from $39 to $59, so they'd better magnetize something), come with multiple bath packets, pH testing kits, and no fewer than "eight pages of graphic, step-by-step instructions."
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Bentonite Bath

1 cup bentonite clay

On the slightly less mysterious (and pricey) end of the spectrum, you have the basic bentonite clay bath. You may already be a fan of bentonite face masks. Well, soaking with the stuff in the tub has the same skin-cleansing effect on your entire body.

Bentonite swells with added water, grabbing onto gunk in your skin and pulling it out when you rinse. Be warned that your tub will require serious rinsing as well — but it's well worth it for this deep clean every once in awhile.
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Photo: Courtesy Of The Seaweed Bath Co.
The Seaweed Bath

Seaweed has long been employed in water-based treatments like thalassotherapy. Soaking it in pumps you full of minerals and amino acids, while soothing common skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

There are few other natural products so packed with naturally nutritive ingredients. If you happen to live by the ocean, well — lucky you. Go harvest your own. But, if you don't happen to have some kelp on hand, then this is your best bet.
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