How Can a Hot Tub Help Improve Our Skin?

24 February, 2023

Hot tubs help improve our skin condition in a number of ways including relieving stress, hydrating and increasing circulation. In this article, we'll discuss how a hot tub can improve your skin and what you can do to maximise the benefits.

Many aspects of our lives changed drastically during the course of the last few years; one of these aspects is the health of our skin. For many people, lack of outdoor exercise, poor eating habits and wearing a mask for months/years left skin irritated, dry, blotchy and overall unhealthy.

Fixing skin issues can be a long and tedious process including medications, lotions, moisturisers etc, but there is one aspect of the process that is anything but tedious: soaking in a hot tub. 

5 Steps to Help Hydrate Dry Skin


One of the main causes of skin irritation and dryness is the loss of moisture within your pores. Moisturiser, sweat and bacteria can become trapped in your skin and this can lead to irritated skin and breakouts. You can help restore your skin with a hot tub soak. A hot tub exposes your skin to warm, humid, steamy air which helps open up your pores allowing the skin to reabsorb the much needed moisture in the air.


Stress has been shown to have a significant effect on skin. Symptoms of stress can include breakouts, skin dryness, and signs of premature ageing. Soaking in a hot tub can help relieve that stress which, in turn, can help improve your skin. A hot tub helps to alleviate stress by relaxing the muscles with warm water; the massage jets are an added bonus. This may then help reduce tension and promote a more relaxed state of mind. A hot tub is a portal to another world where peace and tranquillity take over allow you to unwind in the comfort of your own home.

Increased Circulation

Circulation in the body can also be increased by using a hot tub regularly. This is why people often use hot tubs or saunas after a workout as the heat allows better blood flow which can promote muscle healing. In turn, this increased blood flow may also increase the blood flow to the skin. This increased blood flow to the skin carries oxygen and vital nutrients that help removes toxins and waste, leaving your skin refreshed and re-vitalised.


Did you know that hot tubs also help to gently exfoliate your skin? This is done by opening up the pores and allowing the dead skin cells and waste to be removed from your pores. This helps the texture of your skin to improve while also reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin. An exfoliating face scrub is the perfect way to finish off a soak in your spa pool while your pores are open and your skin is nourished.


Hot tubs can also help re-hydrate your skin after months of wearing masks and too much time indoors. The heat and humidity open up the pores on your skin (your face included), allowing the skin to soak up the moisture in the air, helping to re-hyrdate your skin. The water itself also helps re-hydrate your skin simply by sitting and relaxing in the water.

How to Maximize the Benefits of a Hot Tub for Your Skin

Below you will find 7 tips to help you maximise the benefits of your hot tub:

  1. Use gentle, fragrance-free soaps or shower gel when you rinse off before entering the hot tub. This will help avoid removing natural oils on your skin in the hot tub and reduce the chances off skin irritation.
  2. Make sure your hot tub water is kept clean by adding a water sanitiser to balance the pH levels in the water. It is best to speak to your local Sapphire Spa showroom for the best product for your hot tub.
  3. Make sure you rinse off in cool water and that you use a hydrating lotion or moisturiser after getting out of your hot tub. This helps close the pores on your skin, locking in the moisture your skin has soaked up. Additionally, you could also try a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells.
  4. Make your hot tub soak a regular thing to help maximise the benefits you see to your skin. 3-4 sessions a week for at least 30 minutes each, may help improve the feel and appearance of your skin.
  5. Find hot tub products that are skin-friendly. Many hot tubs have built in dispensers for the cleaning chemicals such as chlorine and bromine. Some of these cleaning products are harsh on your skin, so looking into an option that is sensitive on your skin is a good idea. Adding salts and minerals to your hot tub can also help rejuvenate your skin. Be sure to check with your hot tub manufacturer or local spa pool shop about what can be placed in your hot tub as some systems may be damaged by any additional salts and minerals. You may like to consider adding a 'clearzone' sanitisation system to your spa pool or swim spa which can help reduce the need for chemical additions to balance and maintain crystal clear water.
  6. Consider a shade for your hot tub (if it is outside). Over exposure to the sub can lead to dryness, sun-burn, and various diseases such as skin cancer. To help ensure you are not causing irreparable damage to your skin, it is best to keep your hot tub in a shady place so that your skin is not being damaged by the sun.
  7. Drink water while you are in the hot tub. Hot tubs are filled with hot water and cause humidity in the air, this can cause you to lose water through your breathe and sweat. There is also a risk of over heating while you are using a hot tub. However, this can be prevented by ensuring your drink enough water to replace what you are losing during the session. It also feels great to sip on a cold drink while relaxing in the warm water.

Visit your nearest spa showroom to experience the effects that a spa pool soak can have on your skin

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With more pumps and maximum jets, we've packed as much into these spas as we can. At approximately 2.3 x 2.3m, we've created longer, deeper seats to allow you to fully immerse your shoulders and enjoy the high powered jet massage

We wish you all the best as you enjoy one of our spas at home

Soaking in the warmth of a hot tub is a relaxing way to improve your skin health, appearance, and texture if you're need of rejuvenation. The steamy, hot water helps soothe and hydrate your skin, whilst the powerful jets massage and rejuvenate your muscles and relax your mind. Just remember to enjoy a hot tub session of at least 30 minutes, use skin friendly products, and stay hydrated with plenty of fresh water while you soak in the tub.

Be sure to consult with your local GP or dermatologist before trying any new skin care products and routines to ensure that it is right for your skin and won't worsen your skin ailments. A hot tub is not a replacement for medical interventions or advice.

Take care of your skin and overall health with a Sapphire Spa as part of your everyday life.