Here are just a few of the questions we get asked regularly when it comes to using hot tubs.

Do hot tubs help acne?

The steam from a hot tub can help to cleanse pores while the sloughing of dead skin cells and other epidermal impurities will promote healthy, glowing skin.
However, it’s important to make sure your skin doesn’t dry out by prolonged exposure to hot water. You should drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated when you spend any time in the hot tub.

Do hot tubs help blood pressure problems?

When you enter a hot tub, the heat will cause your blood vessels to dilate and this lowers your blood pressure as your heart is required to work harder to make up the difference. This increased blood flow, in turn, increases the supply of oxygen, antibodies and white blood cells pumping through your body, helping to revitalise cells.

If you do have any medical conditions then it is always best to consult your doctor first. For instance, if you have been warned to avoid even moderate exercise then it’s best to check before using a hot tub as the physical impact of the heat on your body could be similar to how you would feel during a brisk walk.
How long is it recommended to stay in a hot tub?

Ideally, you should soak for between 15-30 minutes at a time. You could stay in for 45 minutes to an hour but you may have to adjust the temperature of the hot tub based on how warm it is outside.  However, you should shorten this time for children.

Are hot tubs safe for babies?

Babies and toddlers shouldn’t use a hot tub due to the risk of overheating or dehydration. Older children can soak for short periods of time, if the temperature has been carefully checked.

Depending on the temperature of the water and the age of the child, the recommended time limits for children are between 5 to 20 minutes.

Is it safe to use a hot tub during pregnancy?

Not a great deal of research has been done on using hot tubs during pregnancy. However, the NHS website points out that it may be best to avoid them because of the risks of overheating, dehydration and fainting.

A significant rise in your core temperature may affect your unborn baby's development, particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Experts suggest limiting your use of a hot tub during pregnancy to less than 10 minutes and avoiding all together in the early weeks.

How do you prevent germs breeding in hot tub water?

Like any pool, you’ll need to add sanitisers to the water to prevent bacteria from growing and drain and clean your hot tub at least once every three months. If your hot tub is used heavily, you may need to clean more frequently. As well as sanitation, you should ensure your hot tub is covered when not in use to stop debris from entering the water.

At HGS, we favour genuine hand-crafted American-built hot tubs, renowned for their exceptional quality and low maintenance costs. All our hot tubs are fitted with Corona Discharge ozone and Frog Spa sanitation as standard.

Would you like further advice on hot tubs?

Hot tubs can be extremely beneficial to your health, but it’s important that they are used correctly and set at the right temperature for the length of time you’re soaking. If you’d like advice on any aspect of buying or using a hot tub, then contact Peter on 07749 863650.

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