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By dassf Feb9,2024

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Whenever I take a bath, I like my bathwater as salty as pasta water. The intention is to turn myself into a human noodle, which is nothing short of delightful after having been hunched over my laptop all day. Whether you want your limbs as slack as mine, softer skin, or you just want to make the experience of stewing in a tub exponentially more luxurious, the best salts for bath time are up to the task—and better yet, they’re purported to have myriad benefits for your overall well-being.

“Bath salts are typically made from magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, or Dead Sea salt,” says Marisa Garshick, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at MDCS Dermatology and assistant clinical professor at the NewYork Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. “They dissolve in water bath water and are thought to have many benefits including stress relief [and] reducing joint pain, muscle stiffness, anxiety, and headaches, as well as skin conditions like dry skin and eczema.”

While more evidence is needed to support these claims, there’s no denying the pleasure that a dip in the tub can offer you; according to one small study, drawing a warm bath can lessen stress and uplift the mood. And if bath salts can compound the joy you experience, then why not add them to the mix?

Ahead, you’ll find 10 of the best salts for bath time, with recommendations from experts and bath enthusiasts (W+G staffers included) alike.

Best bath salts, at a glance

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