What are Bath Bombs Doing to Your Skin?

Bath bombs are a fun way to take a bath and relax. But, what exactly are they doing to your skin? Let’s find out! Bath bombs can be harmful for some people with sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin or an allergy, it is best not to use them on your body. However, if you have dry skin or aging in the form of wrinkles and fine lines then bath bombs may just be the thing for you! They will moisturize and rejuvenate your skin while also relaxing you at the same time. So many benefits from one item!

Bath bombs have emollients in them that naturally softens your skin and might even help to remove some dead skin from areas that would be hard to reach. The ingredients will tighten as they release tension in areas, or help healing from scars.

Bath bombs have different oils and ingredients, so make sure you know what they are before jumping into the bath with then, especially if you have a skin complaint or sensitivity.

There are many mysteries that first-time bath bomb users may face, not least of which is what is in it and what will it do to my skin? Usually, people are unsure whether or not a bath bomb will fully dissolve, and many times the bomb will not have fully dissolved when they get in the bath. To make the world of bath bombs more confusing, some odd and fantastical claims come along with them.

Are our bath bombs harmful to your skin?

Bath bombs are not normally harmful to your skin and will greatly benefit almost any skin types, however, if you have open wounds, or a rash, you should avoid all bath bombs.

Bath bombs are not meant to come into contact with any internal parts of your body, this includes areas where the skin is sensitive, rashes, or just having allergic reactions.

If you are feeling sick, have had surgery, a cut on your hand, or just recently have been told to take things easy with creams, then bath bombs should be avoided.

Especially as many bath bombs have dried herbs and flowers in them, which would usually be perfect for relaxing in.

When you do have any sort of skin condition you will need to consult a doctor before using any type of bath bomb, they will tell you whether or not it is safe. Most commonly you will be allowed to use plain Epsom salts, as these have no added ingredients in them and may even help to in some cases. You can find Epsom salts at most pharmacies for a reason, while bath bombs are either homemade or in the beauty aisle.

Do you shower after a bath bomb?

Strictly speaking, you do not need to shower after a bath bomb as all the oils, fragrances, and herbs won’t damage your skin. However, it is recommended that you do take a quick dip in the shower to remove the residue from these that will no doubt build up on your skin especially if they are strongly scented or have glitter!

Many times, you may find that as you stand up from the bath filled with a bath bomb your skin has taken on a few new shades.

Most people that love to use bath bombs prefer to use them at night, taking a late-night relaxing bath before going to bed.

Is it bad for your skin to use bath bombs every day?

While bath bombs can be beneficial for your skin and relaxation, they can become harmful to you if you are using them every day.

Bath bombs should be used as a treat, at most they should be used once or twice a week to avoid heavy skin irritation.

Spas will not have you use a bath bomb every night if you are staying for multiple nights, instead of having you take a bath in oils some evenings. This allows you to relax and enjoy the baths rather than stress about how the repeated usage of bath bombs may start to negatively affect your skin. Usually when bath bombs are used people will specifically use them as a treat, not only because they can be expensive, but because they make a lot of clean up afterward.

What skin types work well with bath bombs?

Bath bombs can be used with all skin types, it is the bomb that must be different as there are different things put in bombs for different skin types. Sensitive skins may have a lot less corrosive and softening parts in them to allow for these skins to relax in. With many bath bombs for sensitive skin only being three or fewer ingredients including Baking soda, Citric Acid, Epsom Salts and some essential oils.

While dry skin bath bombs may have a Milk Powder or Cream of Tartar to hydrate the skin for longer while bathing.

The most common skin type to receive little to no benefits from bath bombs are oily skin types. While there are bath bombs specifically for drying out the skin a bit, these skin types are prone to reacting with pimples to normal bath bombs. This is why you should wash off the bath bomb afterward when you have extremely oily skin, but otherwise, you can comfortably use any bath bomb as your skin, if kept clean, will be highly resistant to rashes.


Bath bombs are amazing to watch fizzing in the bath and the first time you watch one you will quickly learn what the pleasures of jumping in the tub with it. Usually, you can use a bath bomb late in the evening or simply have one for the weekend, or Sunday evening bath. The skin problems will only be there if you use them excessively or when told not to.

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