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What is a Transdermal Bath?


Ready to lie down and be healed?! Transdermal bath soaks are the answer. Ok, that’s an over-promise but transdermal baths are pretty magical and have actually been scientifically proven to be beneficial. Let’s let it soak in.


Firstly, what is a transdermal bath?

Essentially, it’s not vastly different to a regular bath besides the substances you add to it. The ingredients you add to makes this style of bath super good for you. What you add can vary but there are some distinguishing characteristics that make a transdermal bath more than a regular bath:


  • It’s salty!

Salt (look for Sodium Chloride on an ingredient label) is a natural antimicrobial. Put simply, salt reduces the growth of bacteria on the skin. Great for eczema, psoriasis, or acne, which can be made worse by bacteria.

Salt improves your skin's hydration. Furthermore, it helps to move moisture to the surface.

Salt is a natural exfoliator. When you remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover it improves the overall texture of the skin. 


  • It’s warm. Typically, 92-100°F (33-38°C)

At this temperature range you improve the absorption of substances through the skin. Why? Because the skin becomes more permeable. This allows minerals and nutrients to easily penetrate through the skin barrier. 


  • It’s leisurely. We usually say 20-30 minutes

This is a good amount of time for the substances to be absorbed through the skin transdermally. As a results, they produce their therapeutic effects.


  • There are added nutrients 

From CBD to mushrooms, many things can be added to a bath soaks. Additionally, using salt and nutrients that your body likes and needs can result in less pain, more skin hydration and a relaxing space.


Is there evidence supporting transdermal baths?


There is so much evidence that transdermal soaks is beneficial. For instance, a study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that transdermal magnesium baths may be effective in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. Another study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that transdermal absorption of certain minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, can improve skin hydration.


What soaks are best for a Transdermal Bath?


We mentioned salt before, right? Soaks containing Sodium Chloride along with other antioxidants. Granted, that might sound scary but is the just scientific name for table salt. Our good friend, simple Salt is amazing for all sorts of reasons!


  1. Salt helps to improve hydration and promote healing in the skin. 

  2. Salt has natural antimicrobial properties that can reduce the growth of bacteria on the skin. This is extremely helpful for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.

  3. Salt exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells and promotes cell turnover which in turn improves your skin's texture and its ability to absorb the other nutrients from the soak.


What else? Transdermal bath containing CBD also have benefits. Like with anything, make sure you should products with high-quality CBD—they aren't all make equal. We could go on and on about the benefits of CBD but to highlight a few:


  1. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Moreover, it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. 

  2. CBD applied topically to the skin can help reduce inflammation and pain. 

  3. CBD can reduce sebum production and inflammation in the skin.


What’s the difference between a transdermal bath and a detox bath?


Overall, the main difference between a transdermal bath and a detox bath is the specific goal and ingredients of the soak.


  • A transdermal bath

In essence, a transdermal bath is allows you to the absorb specific substances through your skin for therapeutic effect. Chose your soak based the ingredients and their ability to penetrate the skin and benefit you are looking for. We careful here. You can absorb the good and that bad. Make sure you know that all the ingredients are high-quality, clean and microbiome-friendly so that you don't more harm than good.


  • Detox bath

These types of baths are paired with ingredients to aid in removing toxins and impurities in the body. Our PortalTides Soak is both a detox bath soak and a transdermal soak—magic.



How long should you soak in a transdermal bath? 


The length of your transdermal bath can vary. This really depends on the specific substances used and your health status. In general, a soak of 20-30 minutes should do it. This will allow for all the nutrients in the bath to absorb.


Want to try a transdermal soak? Check out:


Packed with good-for-you trace minerals and Himalayan salts, our ClearingTides Soak is the perfect answer to a long day—or week! Sit back, relax and let the minerally magic improve circulation, help you de-bloat and restore your natural rhythms.

Packed with the magic of the mushroom kingdom. Shiitake to improve hyperpigmentation. Tremella Mushrooms, loaded with Vitamin D, for anti-inflammatory magic. Chaga to slow aging and Reishi to ease stress. All of this and 24 karat gold to stimulate skin regeneration and you’ll leave the bath ready to accomplish any and every dream—drift into greatness. 


Purple Brazilian Clay infused with Rose Quartz powder helps to release impurities and Pink Lotus to absorb toxins, gives this soak super-powered detox qualities—to ease your troubles away from the inside out. Lastly, Hibiscus Flower for maximum cell regeneration and Red Rose Petals known for their anti-aging properties – this soak will not only improve your mood but you’ll exit the bath 10 years younger—or something like that.. ;)



    Jenny Jewel

    We packaged these up in our Water Sign Ritual Kit so that you can experience all three!


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