Showering after using a bath bomb is optional given that it all depends on how you feel afterwards. The many ingredients and fillers in bath bombs have different effects on the body. They also determine how clean you will feel after using the bath bomb. This determines whether you choose to wash the body afterwards or not.
You don’t need to shower after a bath bomb. However, you may need to shower afterwards if the bath bombs has flower petals, glitter, strong scents or strong oils as they stick to the skin. If you choose to take a shower, use little soap to retain the benefits of the bath bomb.
If, after your shower or bath, you see any residue from the bath bomb on the sides of the bath rub or shower, you need a shower to wash off the bath bomb. If you don’t see the residue, just dry yourself up and go your way.
How to Use Bath Bombs Correctly
The following are the steps to using a bath bomb:
1. Fill the bathtub with water
Plug the bathtub’s outlet to keep the water within the tub. After that, adjust the temperature of the water then turn it on to fill the bathtub to your desired level.
When the water has filled up the tub, turn it off. Turn off the power as well to conserve electricity.
2. Place the bath bomb in the water
Remove the plastic cover from the bath bomb then place it on the water and wait for it to dissolve. This will take a few minutes and it involves the bath bomb mixing with water and releasing its contents. You don’t need to stir the water since the bath bomb will completely dissolve in the water in a few minutes. You can stir a bath bomb to increase the rate of dissolving. If the bath bomb was stored properly, it’ll still be hard and fresh.
If the bath bomb has any contents you suspect might clog up your drain, put it in a porous bag such as a wrap bag, nylon stocking or cloth bag then place it in the water. This way, the contents that can dissolve into the water will do so as the larger ones only mix with the water but don’t clog up the drain.
Avoid placing the bath bomb in the tub then turning on the water since it doesn’t dissolve properly in most cases.
3. Get into the bathtub
You can enter the bathtub as soon as you place in the bath bomb, or you can wait for about 5 minutes for it to dissolve first.
Enjoy the bath water mixed with your bath bomb as long as the water remains warm. Warm water activates the contents of your bath bombs such as essentials oils. It also helps melt some heavier contents such as cocoa butter. Too hot water will, however, make you a bit faint and weak and should thus be avoided.
If you’re wondering whether you can wash hair with a bath bomb or not, it all depends on the contents of the bath bomb. If the bath bomb has no strong colors, scents or oils, you can wash your hair with it. However, the many colors in the bath bomb and other contents can permanently color your hair. If the bath bomb only has essential oils which don’t damage your hair, go ahead and wash your hair with it.
A bath bomb has softeners and emollients which indulge and moisturize your skin while you’re in the bath tub. The bath bomb will clean you even without rubbing it against your skin. As long as you’re in contact with the water, you will enjoy its benefits.
4. Get out of the bath tub
Soak in the bath tub for 20 minutes then get out. Once the water cools down, get out of the tub to preserve the heat on your body. Staying too long in the bath tub will see your skin wrinkle as you lose heat to the now cold water.
5. Rinse off the bath bomb
Whether you should shower after a bath bomb or not will depend on the ingredients of the bath bomb. If the bath bomb has strong colors, scents, petals or glitter, you will need to take a bath after the bath tub. Otherwise, you’re free to put on your cloths after using bath bombs.
Most people wonder whether they need to rinse after a lush bath bomb and the answer is yes; you need to shower after a lush bath bomb given that it will likely have lots of colors, oils and other ingredients meant to make you relax. However, the colors can stain your hair and stick to your body hence the need to shower after using it.
One way to tell if you need a shower after a bath bomb is looking at the sides of the bathtub after you drain the water. If you see any residue from the bath bomb, you need to take a shower. Otherwise, you do not have to take a bath after a bath bomb.
When you shower after a bath bomb, don’t use too much soap. You can even forego the soap as it will wash off even the beneficial contents of the bath bomb such as essential oils. As long as the colors of the bath bomb are off your skin, you are good to go.
6. Clean the bathtub and the floor
Unplug the outlet of the bathtub to drain the water away. If the bath bomb has left any colors or other remnants on the side of the bathtub, wash it off with a sponge and some soap. Clean the floor around the bathtub as well especially if the water spilled on it. Wipe it dry afterwards. You can clean the whole shower stall at this stage if you want.
With bath bombs, what you choose depends on how you use it. You can choose bath bombs with a few mild ingredients such as essential oils and light colors. For such, you don’t need to shower after using the bath bomb. This answers the question as to whether you need a bath before or after the bath bomb.