For many of us, there’s nothing more satisfying than sinking into a warm, bubbly bath at the end of the day. Far more than a way to get clean, baths are an excellent way to relax and indulge in a little reflection time.
There are lots of ways you can make your bath time even more enjoyable, from bubbles and nourishing oils to softly fizzing bath bombs. Here we’ll look at some of the benefits of bath bombs and salts so you can enjoy your best soak every time.
What is a bath bomb?
Have you ever stopped to think about what goes into bath bombs to make them smell and fizz so happily? Most of the time, bath bombs are a combination of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid, which release carbon dioxide in water to create the fizzing effect.1 Bath bombs usually also contain salts, colourants, oils, and aesthetic ingredients like glitter or petals.
Are bath bombs good for the skin?
There’s no denying the mood-boosting effect of adding a bath bomb to your tub, but are they good for you?
Dropping a fizzy bomb into your water is like adding oils or salts. These ingredients can be nourishing and moisturising, as well as smelling and feeling great in the water. Some other ingredients in bath bombs, like fragrances and dyes, can dry the skin. The glitter and other aesthetic additions can also be inconvenient when the fun of the fizz is over.
How to choose a bath bomb
If you’re looking for a bath bomb with skincare benefits, avoid products with lots of artificial ingredients or additions like glitter, plastic, or gems. These products are unlikely to benefit your skin and might not be suitable for sensitive skin.
Instead, look out for products with fewer ingredients and more of a focus on skincare than aesthetics. Oils and salts can be beautiful additions to your bathwater, helping to nourish and moisturise the skin as well as providing a lovely scent and texture.
The benefits of bathing
There are lots of benefits to taking a bath in the evening. From helping you relax and unwind to easing tired muscles and soothing the skin. Here are a few great reasons to jump in the tub.
- A hot bath raises your body temperature. When you step out, your temperature will lower, which may help you fall asleep more easily2
- Taking a warm bath may help to support healthy circulation3
- Bathing can benefit your muscles, joints, and bones and help ease any discomfort
- A bath with natural oils or salts can moisturise your body from head to toe4
Using bath salts
If you aren’t comfortable with some of the ingredients in bath bombs or can’t seem to find one that suits your needs, you can enjoy the benefits of bath salts on their own. Choose magnesium salts to improve skin’s moisture or Epsom salts to aid muscle recovery.
Whatever way you choose to enjoy your bath time, we’re sure you’ll emerge feeling wonderfully relaxed and ready for whatever comes next.
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Last updated: 5 June 2020