Q: Can detox baths make you healthier?
Oz Says: The Pinterest-popular trend of using herbs and salts in the water might do nice things for your skin, but that's about it. Even if these ingredients could help your health, they're not going to get through your outermost layer via a bath. (Fortunately, you can trust your liver to "detox" your insides for you.)
If your skin is what's bothering you, a bath can have benefits: "Rock salt, Epsom salts, coconut oil, and oatmeal can soothe dry, itchy, or eczema-prone skin, but they're calming inflammation, not pulling out toxins," says dermatologist Deirdre Hooper, MD, of Louisiana State University. And the scent of herbs and oils like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and mint could help pep you up or chill you out for a bit. Just don't count on health miracles (and do expect a pretty dirty tub) from these add-ins.
This story originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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