Not all bath salts or bath bombs are created equal, but with a little research and the right ingredients, your bath can be a great way to increase health in a variety of ways.
Toss a bath bomb into the tub full of water and, depending on what kind you’ve selected, you’ll be surprised by a blend of colour, fizz, glitter and scent. These can certainly be pleasing, but let’s break it all down, shall we? Bath bombs are basically made up of salts, oils, colorants and often some other type of pleasing addition; think glitter, flower petals, and often some type of scent. You’ve probably heard of the benefits from salts, which we’ll get to in a minute. The oils in some bath bombs can definitely moisturize and help your skin. If you have a supplier that uses natural oils like jojoba, coconut or almond oil, and as long as your skin isn’t irritated by any of these, they can actually help the condition and look of your skin after a bath. You won’t need to lotion up after your soak, as your body will have absorbed the oils during your bath and will continue to afterwards as long as you don’t rub them away with your towel. When you’re done with your bath, just pat your skin dry with a towel as this is not only give the oils a chance to be absorbed, but also reduce friction and irritation on skin’s surface. This type of moisture can be one of the better ways to treat dry skin, as good quality oil will have no added chemicals or fragrances.
Speaking of fragrances, what’s giving that bath bomb it’s delicious smell? If you have a supplier that’s a big commercial name, read the label. Fragrance is probably simply defined as “added fragrance” which is likely nothing that will necessarily bring you any harm, but certainly won’t do any particular good for your body either. A small supplier or home based business might be adding smell with essential oils. You may already know that essential oils can be a wonderful way to improve skin and health, so check out which ones might be added. Lavender is an anti-bacterial and can help soothe burns and stings, so if you’ve been out in the sun too long, a lavender bath bomb (one that actually uses essential oil) can help reduce pain and itchiness. Do a little research on your oils and have one on hand for a variety of purposes!
Some colorants will be harmless, but others may irritate your skin and can actually bring about a rash. Red seems to be the most likely candidate for problems, but it all depends on the individual. Most often colorants offer no positive or negative effects on the average person, and only make your bath water look a little more appealing.
The extra additions in your bath bombs are also usually harmless, and add no value except for a pleasing sound or sight to the water. Glitter can look pretty swirling about the tub, and flower petals can add a touch of luxury. Keep in mind that flowers grown with pesticides will likely add a dab of whatever chemicals they’ve been sprayed with to your bath water. The fizz of a bath bomb is a mix of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid; it’s akin to the effect that Alka-Seltzer has in a glass of water.
Bath salts, on the other hand, can contain a blend of nutrients and minerals that help your body in numerous ways. Natural bath salts can ease muscle and joint pain, and in combination with the heat from the water, can feel almost as good as you would after getting a massage. Tension can melt away and leave the knots in your back and shoulders feeling a little less obvious. The many minerals in bath salts (including calcium, potassium, and magnesium) lend themselves to helping retain good bone structure, balancing moisture levels in the skin, and combating fatigue. While the warm water helps to open pores, bath salts tend to draw away pollutants that we absorb during our regular every day. Impurities, dirt and oil are removed from our pores and left to go down the drain, leaving our skin feeling cleaner, softer and fresher. Symptoms of rashes and even psoriasis, along with other common skin conditions, are eased after regular soaking in bath salts.
Although the majority of “goodness” in your bath bomb is simply a combination of the bath salts and any essential oils, it’s the entire experience of pouring a bath, adding some luxurious touch, and taking a soak that’s most essential. The addition of a bath bomb or bath salts can mean the difference between a functional way to scrub away the day, or a spa-like setting in which to feel quiet and bliss. It can be a way to increase romance with a partner, or simply enjoy a treat all by yourself. With a good book, a glass of wine and your favourite scent, a bath can lift your mood and reenergize you to tackle whatever else the world has to throw your way. After a long day there can seem like nothing better than taking a warm bath. It gives us a chance to regroup, quiet our minds, and let troubles melt away.
This article was written by Nina Wells from Steam Shower Store. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.