Immerse yourself at a mineral-rich thermal spring to help you detoxify, relax, and renew
Take a "Hot Spring" Break
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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We all know how important—and even healing—water is for our body. In addition to guzzling down several glasses a way, you can also give your system a beneficial boost by booking some time at hot spring. A recent study published in the Annals of Dermatology found that thermal spa waters may help reduce inflammation in skin cells, which may improve skin health (hello clear complexion!).
But the benes of taking a dip in hot or warm thermal waters aren't just skin deep; hot or thermal waters also help to improve circulation to muscles and joints and may also help decrease blood pressure, says Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, a naturopathic doctor on staff at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the author of The Essential Guide to Women's Herbal Medicine. "By soaking in a natural thermal spring, you'll also absorb trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, which can help to ease tense and sore muscles, relieve anxiety and even soften your skin," says Gilbert. Get ready to relax and rejuvenate by "taking the waters" at one of these locales. (Can't make it to any of the below? Here's how to create your own spa bath at home.)
Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Corona, CA
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Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a historic 156-year old day spa in Southern California, is predominantly designed to be a social experience, where you can bring your friends in for the day and lounge in the 19 pools, all filled with healing hot spring water, natural sulfur or saline, so that your skin is constantly being pampered. Our fave feature of this hot spot: The subterranean chamber body moisturizing treatment—called "The Grotto"—where you're escorted underground and painted from neck to toe with a warm body masque of hydrating aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, eucalyptus, and lavender. (Love traveling with friends? Book one of these Once-In-a-Lifetime Fitness Retreats for Women.)
Photo: Club Mud, Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
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Celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, the iconic Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, has hosted over 20 presidents since opening its doors in 1766. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow through the property and allow visitors to soak in the natural mineral waters of the Jefferson Pools—named for Thomas Jefferson, who relaxed here in 1818. Follow in his footsteps: An hour-long Jefferson Soak, a restorative mountain spa treatment, is only $17.
Photo: Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, New York
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Built on top of Saratoga Springs, the Gideon Putnam houses the Roosevelt Baths and Spa, which was opened in 1935 thanks to FDR's act to preserve the Saratoga Springs area. The naturally-effervescent mineral water is captured cold from underground springs, then mixed with warm, fresh water to a neutral temperature. Here, you can soak in the benes of thermal waters privately in a traditional hydrotherapy spa setting.
Photo: The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, New York
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Ojo Caliente is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water: lithia, iron, soda and arsenic. Featuring eleven pools filled with different combinations of the waters, you can also slather yourself (or have a mud fight!) with clay mud—another natural detoxifier—from the Mud Pool. (Psst... These are The Best Vacation Spots to Get Fit.)
Photo: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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Truly the most quintessential hot spring experience, The Springs Resort and Spa offers lots of pool options, gorgeous views and vistas, and a low-key feeling that checks fancy at the door. Located on the banks of the San Juan River, The Springs boasts 23 naturally hot therapeutic mineral pools and a mineral water lap pool fed by the world's deepest geothermal hot spring.
Photo: The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
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The Greenbrier Spa is the only Forbes Five Star-awarded mineral spa in the world. Stunning decor designed by mid-century high society legend Dorothy Draper, you'll feel like you're taking the waters at the White House. The West Virginia spa combines the native sulphur water spa treatments with state-of-the-art therapeutic experiences, such as the Waterworks treatment. You'll privately relax in the spa's famous sulphur water and then follow it with an invigorating Swiss Shower and Scotch Spray, designed to increase circulation and stimulate the body.
Photo: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
Glenwood Hot Springs & Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs, CO
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There really is something in the water at the Glen wood Hot Springs & Spa of the Rockies. Called Yampah, or literally Big Medicine, by Ute Native Americans, the water contains 15 trace minerals that will do your body a whole lotta good. Located on the grounds of the world's largest hot springs pool, the offers guests a 107-room lodge and a completely restored historic sandstone bathhouse. Relax in your own private thermal tub in the bathhouse and enjoy a plethora of healing services, ranging from holistic massage to body and facial treatments. (Check out 9 Clever Ways to Make Your Vacation Healthier.)
Photo: Glenwood Hot Springs & Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs, CO