This Is How a Turkish Bath Can Turn You Into a Less Anxious Person

At Byrdie HQ, it's our MO to celebrate beauty from every corner of the world. The beauty customs of different cultures are unique and steeped in history, and by learning about them, we're able to expand our own perspectives (not to mention pick up a life-changing new tip or two). That's why we're proclaiming this week Global Beauty Week and paying special homage to women far and wide, from Thailand to Russia and beyond. Each day, we'll honor the beauty practices, trends, and traditions of our sisters around the globe—complex, intriguing, and versatile as they are. Enjoy!



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We fill a tub with water, throw in some soap, and call it a bath. And while there is nothing wrong with a 10-minute soak—it can do wonders for both the mind and body—it is nothing in comparison to that of a Turkish bath or "hammam". Dating back centuries, Turkish baths aren't only a means to get clean, but they are also a ritualistic experience made up of hot steam, detoxifying body treatments, and a nice cup of tea. To learn more about the experience that is a Turkish bath, as well as its many health benefits, we reached out to New York City's East Village Russian and Turkish Baths, for the team's bathing expertise. Here are all the Turkish bath benefits you ought to know.