I’ll be the first to admit that self care is not my area of expertise, and if you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while now, you know exactly what I mean.
I’m typically found working on my laptop until the early morning hours rather than unwinding with a book at 9 pm. It’s just the way I’m wired.
It’s hard to shut off thoughts about work when you really love what you do, but I also know that it’s important to take time to care for your physical and mental well-being. That’s where taking a bath comes in.
Honestly, I’m not much of a bath person, but I know that taking a long, relaxing soak is an easy way to practice self-care. The one time I do really love taking a bath is when I’m on vacation — there’s just something about a hotel tub that’s enticing.
Using a bath bomb at home can create a luxurious, spa-like experience — no fancy hotel needed. To help you achieve your own soothing experience, I’m dedicating this post to talk about how you can incorporate a bath bomb into your regular self-care routine.
How To Use a Bath Bomb
If you’ve never used a bath bomb before then you’re in for a treat. I’ll be sharing all the ways a bath bomb can easily transform ordinary water — or even bubble baths. Who doesn’t love the idea of spoiling themselves without ever having to leave their tub?
What Is A Bath Bomb?
It’s likely that you’ve come across a Lush Cosmetics store on a trip to your local mall. Lush is a bath, body, skin, and hair care company that is known for creating handmade products that are ethically sourced and cruelty-free. (To discover more companies that produce excellent skincare products, check out my post on luxury skincare brands.)
I bring this up because the co-founder of Lush Cosmetics, Mo Constantine, invented the first bath bomb in 1989. It’s safe to say Mo never imagined his little invention would grow to become the craze that it is today.
So what is it about bath bombs that make them a must-have product for a spa-like bathing experience? Let’s start with the basics. A bath bomb is a solid blend of ingredients molded into a sphere or other fun shape that you add to your bath water before bathing.
The main ingredients in a bath bomb are sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid. Baking soda and citric acid are responsible for the signature fizzing effect created when the bath bomb touches water. As the bath bomb fizzes and dissolves, the carbon dioxide bubbles release a blend of fragrant essential oils while soothing dry, sensitive skin.
Bath bombs are available in a variety of shapes, colors, and fragrances. In addition to releasing a pleasant smell, they can also add color to your bathwater.
When shopping for bath bombs, look for ones that are free from known irritants or toxins like phthalates. A good bath bomb will contain soothing ingredients that are safe even for sensitive skin. And of course, choose one with a scent that you enjoy.
With so many different kinds to choose from, it’s easy to find a favorite bath bomb (or two). With a little research and a few ingredients, you can even create your own DIY bath bombs at home (if you feel that ambitious).
Benefits Of Bath Bombs
Encouraging you to relax isn’t the only benefit of using a bath bomb. There are actually several benefits of using bath bombs, including:
- Numerous vitamins and minerals can help repair your skin
- Hydration leaves dry skin feeling soft
- They can aid in natural detox
- Relief from sore muscles and body aches
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Promote improved sleep
How To Use Bath Bombs
Step 1: Fill the tub with warm water.
The first step to using a bath bomb is to fill your tub with water. You’ll want to fill the tub with water that is warm, but not too hot. It should be comfortable enough to soak in, but not so hot it dries out your skin.
Step 2: Add the bath bomb to your bath water.
Once you’ve filled your tub, remove any packaging and place the bath bomb into the water. It should start to fizz and dissolve almost immediately. Don’t be alarmed if it fizzes a lot — that means it’s working. As the bath bomb dissolves, it’ll release its fragrance and turn your bath water the color of the bath bomb.
Step 3: Get into the bath and enjoy.
Now it’s time for the fun part: getting in. Step into the bath and soak for as long as you want. Ideally, you’ll stay in the tub for as long as the water stays warm or as long as it takes for you to relax and unwind (*stays in indefinitely*).
Step 4: Get out of the tub.
When your bath water cools down and is no longer warm, it’s time to get out. Carefully step out of the tub and let your bath water drain as usual.
Some bath bombs leave behind a bit of residue on the walls of your bathtub. Don’t worry! It’s easy to wash off.
Step 5: Apply moisturizer.
Finally, gently pat yourself dry allowing the skin-supporting ingredients to soak in. To lock in all the benefits of the bath bomb, be sure to apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still slightly damp.
Bath bombs make it easy to treat yourself to a luxurious bathing experience at home.
Bath bombs are simple to use and they’re much more affordable than a trip to the spa. Simply add one to your bath and reap the benefits of a spa-like experience without ever having to leave your house.
You can find even more ways to spoil yourself at home with the best beauty and skincare products on the blog.