What do the Romans, the Vikings, and the people of Ancient China have in common? They all enjoyed a nice long soak in one of the world’s natural wonders: the hot spring. For thousands of years, hot springs have been sought out for their therapeutic and restorative properties. Today, these soothing pools of mineral-rich water dotting the planet are popular tourist destinations, but depending on where you live, you may not have to travel too far to visit one. Read on to learn more about the health and beauty benefits of hot springs, and which aesthetic treatments to pair with them for the most luxurious spa experience.
The water in hot springs is heated geothermally, which usually means it comes from somewhere deep in the earth where the temperature is hotter. This is also why hot springs tend to be rich in minerals, which infuse the water as it travels up to the surface. They can be deep or shallow, but most hot springs tend to be well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot springs are the world’s original spa and can be found all over the world, including in Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Japan, Canada, and the US.
Aside from being popular tourist destinations, they are used regularly as a form of therapy or for rehabilitation for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Their health benefits are due to the heat and high mineral content. Because the hot water provides the perfect suspension for heavier minerals, hot springs can contain calcium, magnesium, silica, lithium, and sulfur, which you’ll recognize by its distinctive odor. The exact mineral content varies depending on the location of the hot spring and the minerals in the ground surrounding it.
With their combination of soothing heat and minerals, hot springs have multiple benefits for the mind and body:
They’re relaxing. Immersing yourself in hot water has been shown to reduce stress levels, increase happiness, and improve quality of sleep.
Not only that, but soaking in the springs is considered a natural way to relieve pain as well, mitigating conditions like joint pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
They stimulate certain bodily processes. Time spent in a hot spring has the effect of boosting circulation throughout your lymphatic system, helping to detoxify your system. Speaking of circulation, the increased blood flow that occurs when you’re submerged in hot water is also good for your heart and improves your metabolism. Best of all, the circulatory benefits leave you with a healthy, all-over glow.
They’re like a multivitamin for skin. The minerals in hot springs benefit skin in a number of ways:
• Magnesium bolsters skin health and clears troublesome complexions
• Potassium eliminates toxins and promotes healthy skin cell turnover
• Sodium decreases inflammation, swelling, and flushes toxins
• Sulfur hydrates and soothes skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
Plan the ultimate luxury spa day by pairing a dip in a hot spring with an aesthetic treatment. Here are a few treatments to harness the benefits of hot springs for both face and body.
To enhance the metabolism-boosting benefits of your hot spring experience, Venus Bliss™ fat reduction treatments are an effortless, non-surgical solution for melting unwanted body fat in a short timeframe. The diode laser technology and radio frequencies combat hard-to-beat fat, reduce cellulite, and create a leaner appearance painlessly and without the recovery time a more invasive procedure would require. The treatments are just as relaxing as a hot spring dip, and there’s no downtime.
The toxin-flushing and anti-inflammatory effects of hot springs can give you a slimmer, more toned appearance. So can Venus Legacy™, which works to shrink fat cells below the skin’s surface while boosting skin elasticity to restore a smoother, firmer silhouette. The treatments also minimize the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin by reducing fatty tissue in stubborn areas, such as the flanks and abdomen, and by tightening skin. The result is a, slimmer, more sculpted appearance, with no pain and no downtime.
Want to prolong the glow you get from sitting in a hot spring? Venus Glow™ uses water to open pores and pull dirt, excess oil, and impurities from below the skin’s surface, resulting in a more radiant, refreshed complexion. The micro-massaging tip then stimulates nutrients to spread through the derma layer and restore nourishment to tired, stressed skin. It’s a fast, safe, and effective way to leave skin feeling noticeably healthier, cleaner, and more hydrated. With the addition of Glow Serums™, the treatments also let you target your unique skin concerns with naturally derived botanical and mineral ingredients.
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