These polyphenols give the hops anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-angiogenic, anti-melanogenic, anti-osteoporotic and anti-carcinogenic properties that may offer a number of benefits that include:
- Improved circulation
- Skin rejuvenation
- Easing of joint and muscle pain
- General skin soothing, which may even benefit those with psoriasis and acne
- Absorption of the B vitamins from the yeast in beer
- Stress relief
It should also probably be mentioned that beer contains alcohol that might dry out your skin, especially if you are sensitive.
Surprisingly, the beer bath isn’t really a new revelation, in spite of numerous beer spas opening up around the world in recent years.
Beer baths actually stem from an ancient tradition that began in Eastern Europe a couple of thousand years ago, growing in popularity in recent years because of their effects and their novelty.
Beer baths and spas are especially well known in the Czech Republic — which has earned a reputation as the beer-drinking capital of the world — and are related to their cousin the wine bath/spa, or vinotherapy.
Depending on the spa, some beer baths may begin with special body scrubs made from (you guessed it) beer.
Some baths are taken in tubs while others use the traditional oak barrels as they did in the olden days. The spa is heated to a set temperature range (between 34 and 38ºC, 93.2 to 100.4ºF), and soaks can average between 20 and 30 minutes or more.
Like most spa soaks, it’s common sense that you should drink plenty of fluids before or during your spa. And while many beer spas offer beer as the perfect beverage to accompany this treatment, remember that alcohol can dehydrate you further!
If you’re cheap like me, you’re probably wondering to yourself, “So…is this something I could do at home?” You could certainly give it a whirl, but you’ll have a bathtub to clean out afterward.
If you ask me, that’s not the most relaxing way to end a spa treatment.
If you’re curious to learn more, this article offers some great insight into the process and benefits, and it also offers a nice DIY beer mask recipe for your skin if you’re not ready to take the plunge into a full bath.