What could be better after a long, stressful day than a long, soothing soak in the bath? And one of the best ways to achieve that is with a delightfully invigorating bath bomb. Besides their ability to transport you to tranquillity, they also help to hydrate your skin, improve your mood, and smell absolutely delicious! However, you can’t simply drop the bomb and jump right in. Using bath bombs takes a little more consideration if you want to get it right. So here we look at five of the most common mistakes to avoid when the time comes for that fancy fragrant fizz.
1. Not Cleaning the Bathtub
Bath bombs are great at improving skin health. But this can be inhibited when you use a bath that isn’t properly cleaned. The build-up of mildew and bacteria may not be visible, but it can linger in the tub and cause skin irritation and bad odours. Be sure to take the time to clean your tub thoroughly about once a week to avoid this.
2. A Bath That’s Too Hot
While sinking into hot water can be incredibly relaxing, it’s not doing your skin any favours. When water is too hot, it can irritate your skin and remove the natural oils it produces. So, when you get out, all the bath bomb benefits are lost as your skin dries out and goes red. A temperature that’s slightly above that of your body (1-2 degrees) is recommended.
3. Using Complex Cocktails
A bath bomb should be all you need to add to experience the benefits of a good bath. However, some bath bomb ingredients can be a bit heavy on the fragrances and formulas that can leave your skin feeling itchy and irritated. Try to use those that include all-natural, vegan ingredients to reap the benefits of soft healthy skin.
4. Soaking Too Long
You may get so relaxed in the tub that you find it difficult to leave. But you can get all the benefits of a good bath in about 15-20 minutes. That’s plenty of time to let the bath bomb do its thing, and for your body to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Just as having it too hot, spending too long in the bath will dry your skin and cause further damage to it.
5. Using Expired Bath Bombs
A good bath bomb is made with natural ingredients, but the longer you keep them, the more likely they are to degrade. When exposed to moisture in the air they begin to lose their fizzing potency and beneficial effects. Try to use them within 6 months and if possible, keep them in a sealed airtight container.