If you think the great craft beer boom of 2015 was a good time, then 2017 may have a lot more hoppiness in store for you. In the past six months alone, we've been exposed to beer yoga (and wine yoga), brewery-hosted beer tasting speed dating (which is, I guess, one way to make the god-awful event of speed dating a happy place) and a published study that found two pints of beer is better for pain relief than paracetamol.  Simply judging from recent trends, it's shaping up to be a big year of beer, which is of course, great for Australian drinkers.

But there's one beer-related trend that I'm shocked to hear hasn't yet arrived (considering our nation's obsession with shower beers): beer baths. That's right -literally bathing in beer. The tradition dates back many moons in the Czech Republic and Slovenia where locals would soak themselves as part of a beauty treatment, hailing the liquid as a fix-all for skin issues. According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, who spoke to Yahoo Beauty about the resurgence of the ancient trend, beer baths, are full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and skin-brightening ingredients like Vitamin B.  In addition to this, beer soaks are said to reduce stress, detoxify and reverse the signs of aging.

As reported by the Iceland Monitor, a brand new "beer spa resort" is about to open in North Iceland, offering indoor and outdoor tubs filled with therapeutic, heated beer. This follows America's first craft beer spa in Oregon (where else), Hop in the Spa which opened last year.

Since it's happening in Oregon AND Iceland, and, simply judging by our love or beer and bandwagons,  it won't take long before we start soaking off the aches and pains of beer yoga, de-stressing from that awful speed dating date and fixing our hangover headaches with a big tub of brew (Melbourne, I'm looking at you).

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Source: http://www.buro247.com.au/culture-lifestyle/insiders/the-buro-24-7-culture-guide-february-2017.html

So beer baths are the next big beauty trend