Ask The Expert: Are Bath Bombs Good For Your Skin?
Bath bombs have exploded into a worldwide skincare phenomena. These fizzing bath products make our baths smell nice and leave a swirl of cosmic colors in our bath water. While pretty to look at, are bath bombs actually good for your skin? We talked to ethnic skin expert, founder of Kwan Dermatology, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. William Kwan, to fizz out what’s really up with these trendy bath products.
WHAT ARE BATH BOMBS?
Unlike bath salts and oils, when dropped in water bath bombs begin to fizz and break down, releasing an array of colors which swirl throughout the tub and create quite a feast for the eyes. But, how does one little bath bomb turn your bath into an enticing spectacle?
What causes these bath bombs to fizz and erupt is their concentration of sodium bicarbonate and carbon dioxide. When dry, these chemicals stay inactive, but once they touch water, the two react together. As a result, the colored dyes, fragrances, and sparkles within the bath bomb begin to release into the water until it eventually fizzles out.
ARE BATH BOMBS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?
While many people can’t get over the enticing colors and scents that bath bombs provide, Dr. Kwan says that he is not a particularly fan of them. While some bath bombs are infused with nourishing oils that can be hydrating to the skin, Dr. Kwan says that the aggressive chemicals that make these products fizz might actually do more harm than good.
“Some might be drying on the skin and the fragrance and color could be irritating [to some skin types],” Dr. Kwan says. On top of this, many bath bombs also include dyes and glitter, which can irritate your skin further. Not to mention, glitter can be especially difficult to remove once bath time is over.
Moral of the story? It seems that bath bombs are more of a spectacle that’s pleasing to the eye—a way to enhance the color and scent of bath time—but perhaps not so much to the skin. It’s possible that your skin won’t react negatively to a bath bomb, but dry or sensitive skin types may experience some irritation, so consider yourself warned!
If you’re looking to add a luxurious feel to your bath time without using a bath bomb, then opt for nourishing bath oils, soap, or salt. One of our favorite bath products from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands is Carol’s Daughter Gardenia Body Cleansing Cream, which can be added by the capfuls to create a soothing, spa-like experience.
CAROL’S DAUGHTER GARDENIA BODY CLEANSING CREAM
Did you know that this gentle body cleanser can also act as an add-in to your bath? This mild, sulfate-free cleanser is infused with coconut-derived cleansers, aloe leaf, coconut oil, and soybean oil and can help moisturize dry skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. It’s free of any parabens, artificial colors, and mineral oil, making it a fitting product for any skin type.
To add this nourishing cleanser to your bath, simply pour two to three capfuls under running water as you fill your bath. Your bathtub will be transformed into a soothing, spa-like experience. Silky smooth skin plus the intoxicating aroma of Gardenia flower? We’ll opt for that any day of the week.