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Are Hot Tubs Bad For Your Skin?

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Whether you are planning to buy a hot tub or you are already a proud owner, we want to keep you informed on the effects hot tubs can have on your skin.

To answer the main question upfront, if not properly sanitized, hot tubs can result in irritation or infection on your skin. The primary reason for this is because of the built-up bacteria and possible high content of harmful chemicals like chlorine, which not only harms your skin but irritates your eyes and nails as well. Therefore, it’s highly important to clean, disinfect, and maintain the tub on a regular basis.

Don’t let the information above scare you away from enjoying your hot tub! A soak inside the tub could be just the thing to relax you after a long day. Which leads us to another question: Can hot tubs be good for your skin?

Keep reading to find out!

Are Hot Tubs Good For Your Skin?

Similar to the effect of a steam room, soaking in hot water opens skin pores so that oil and dirt can be easily removed. In short – yes, it’s actually great for your skin! At high temperatures, your body starts to sweat. This, in turn, helps to draw toxins out of your body. Hence, rejuvenating your skin but removing toxins out of the pores.

Other than skin, hot tubs can help soothe muscle pain, arthritis and have evident benefits on people with respiratory or nasal problems.

Benefits Of Soaking In Hot Tub For Skin

Hot tubs, without a doubt, are an amazing way to unwind, but there are also really great health benefits that come along with soaking in your tub. They facilitate sweating, which is actually very good for your long-term health. The benefits mentioned above were just a glimpse of why these tubs are great for your health.

Here’s a complete guide to help acknowledge the benefits of using a hot tub for your skin.

Cleans Up Pores

A large part of taking care of your face involves cleaning up your pores. Just like saunas, hot tubs do that same job. The amount of heat and sweat opens up your pores which help get rid of excess gunk and oil. However, keep in mind to set the temperature that you can bear to avoid overheating or drying out your skin. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, and after every session to ensure electrolyte balance inside your body.

Improves Blood Circulation

When you are soaking in your hot tub, your blood is more efficiently circulating and delivering oxygen and nutrients to your skin. This makes your skin glow and leaves you feeling healthy and youthful.

How To Keep Your Skin Safe

All hot tub owners should be aware of the risks that come with soaking in your hot tub. Make sure you take the time to read through your owner’s manual! In the meantime, we’ve compiled a few tips on how you can keep your skin healthy and safe while you kick back, relax, and enjoy your spa experience.

1. Properly Disinfect Your Hot Tub

Hot tubs need to be regularly disinfected to get rid of bad bacteria and other impurities and germs. However, you must also be aware that high levels of chlorine or bromine can harm the health of your skin. A well-known infection called “Hot Tub Folliculitis” can emerge anywhere from a few hours of using an ill-maintained hot tub. Therefore, it’s not just important to maintain your hot tub, but use cleaners that use a non-harmful chemical formula to disinfect the hot tub.D

2. Moisturize Your Skin After Every Session

It is recommended to moisturize your skin after soaking in a hot tub so that the moisture will be locked in for a long time. It will also help to fight against extreme dryness that often occurs when you spend a lot of time in water and especially hot water. Choose a good moisturizer or one that you already use according to your skin type.

3. Apply Sunscreen

If you love your skin, there is no way you’re skipping on this one! We can not stress this enough, the sun can cause serious damage to your skin. If you get sunburnt easily (you know who you are) you should apply sunscreen to any areas of your body that will be exposed to the sunlight. Be warned, using lots of sunscreen can also cause your filters to become greasy/dirty faster, which means your need to clean them more often.

4. Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating your skin while your pores are open is the best thing you could do for your skin and hot tubs allow just that. You can invest in a good exfoliating face scrub and use it after a session to get rid of dead skin cells and get that glowing effect that you have always wanted!


Owning a hot tub can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable parts of your daily routine. If you take good care of your hot tub, follow the recommended sanitizing schedule and exercise some good ol’ common sense, your skin will thank you for soaking in your hot tub!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sanitization of your hot tub or spa, please feel free to call our technicians at 805-541-9000 or send us an email at

Thanks for reading!

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