Chelsea here, Luna’s in-house esthetician. Let’s talk about the benefits of bath bombs today and how each ingredient in them affects the skin!
Luna bath bombs have the following ingredients:
-Essential oils and fragrance oils
-Food grade color and oxides
These may be familiar ingredients to you, but how do they benefit the skin? Let’s start with citric acid! Citric acid is a derivative from citrus fruits and is a weak acid. Most commonly it is used as a preservative and to add a tang to food items. For Luna bath bombs, they are used for not only preservation and emulsifying, but it is great for the skin! Citric acid helps slough off dead skin cells, which in turn helps with CRF or cell renewal factor. Citric acid may help with mild acne, clogged pores, pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, and sun damage/tanning. Citric acid is also a source of vitamin C, which aids in collagen production!
If you like to bake then you’re familiar with sodium bicarbonate or baking soda as it’s more commonly known. Sodium bicarbonate helps to balance skin pH. It is also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, helping to sooth redness from irritated skin. Sodium bicarbonate is also alkaline in nature, which can help soothe sunburns and subsequent blistering.
Essential oils and fragrance oils are moisturizing and can be soothing to the skin. Lavender, for example, is a great moisturizing oil and anti-inflammatory, working to help soothe irritated skin from acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Adding essential oils and fragrance oils to bath bombs help to soften the skin and provide a layer of moisture. After enjoying a Luna bath bomb, apply a layer of humectant lotion to your skin to help lock in the moisture to help improve skin health. As an esthetician, I suggest avoiding lotions with strong fragrance concentrations as these usually contain higher amounts of alcohol, which will dry out the skin and can cause irritation. Look for fragrance-free and cruelty-free lotions, there are many great over-the-counter options including Cetaphil.
As for Luna bath bomb colors, we use synthetically prepared iron oxides, which are approved for use in cosmetics in the USA, decreasing the risk of mercury, arsenic, and lead that can be found in iron oxide naturally. FD&C colors are made the same way, to ensure there are no contaminants in food from color. Many of these food grade colors are also water soluble, very important for bath bombs or the color may not rinse away and you risk staining tubs. Food grade colors are the most stable for bath bombs, providing the best shelf life as herbs can interact with oxygen and moisture, deteriorating and looking quite bad. If your bath bomb has glitter in it, it is made from mica, a naturally occurring mineral. Bath bombs with mica may leave a shimmer on the skin after bathing for an extra glow.
And last, but not least, is shea butter. Shea butter is not only moisturizing but is soothing and anti-inflammatory due to its lupeol cinnamate compound. Shea butter may also help prevent wrinkles and to help keep the skin taut as we age. It is also non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores.
Now that you know more about what goes into a Luna bath bomb, draw yourself a bath and enjoy!
Chelsea, licensed esthetician
Baths and washing have been a large part of the human experience throughout history. There are many bathing traditions around the world. While some take plunges into cool water after a sauna, others created large bathing structures with under-floor warming. Some of these are still today. Nowadays, baths are usually used for relaxation and for time to one’s self. However, does bathing have additional helpful qualities?
There is a perfect temperature for bathing. As too much heat can put your body under “heat stress” and your body will have a difficult time recalibrating its temperature. One should take a slightly cooler bath and pour cool water on yourself occasionally. Otherwise, bathing’s benefits are in two areas: mental relaxations and concentrating on specific conditions.
Being Horizontal In Water Helps Your Mood
This is truly surprising but proven by science. In 2002 a University study found that daily bathing, generally at day’s end, improved the mood and optimism of those tested, which was credited to a mix of genuine comfort, warmth, separation, and body arranging. It seems bodies relate horizontal conditions with being relaxed and vulnerable especially when bathing which maybe mirrors the warm, liquid conditions of the womb.
Showers May Help Relieve Skin Conditions
If you have encountered the impacts of psoriasis or another skin conditions, you’ve likely been prescribed medicated or oiled baths as a way to moisturize your skin, sloughing off dead cells, and trying to delete potential sources of infection.
A Bath’s Heat Can Help Muscle Pain
The honest motivator to muscle pain relief in your bath is not the bath salts: dependent upon the sort of bath you take, it’s either heat or lactic acid. In the event that you’re taking a hot bath, it’s believed that the heat of the bath is giving what is known as a “hot pack” that increases the temperature of the sore muscles, blocking pain sensors and creating relief.
However, an athlete will usually dive into a cold bath, which lowers lactic acid in the bloodstream. The cold will restrict vessels and drains lactic acid out of the sore muscles. Once out of a cold bath new blood, free of lactic acid moves in and recovery time improves dramatically.
Hot Baths Before Bed Produce Better Sleep
A good night’s rest is associated with a huge amount health benefits, from immune system health to increased pain recovery, and a warmed bath before bed is clearly a great way to coast off to “Dreamland”. It’s all in temperature alteration and hormones.
Body temperature drop amid the night is one of the signals body to start melatonin production, the hormone that induces sleep. Our body temperature starts to lower two hours before bed and will last until about 4 a.m. By taking a warm bath before bed we can trick our body into feeling sleepy. Exit the bath, cool down for a bit and slid into bed. Do not over heat yourself or your beginning yourself revved up instead!
Steam Helps To Reduce Cold Symptoms
One of the better qualities of a warm bath is as a treatment for winter cold sufferers. While we can’t make a cold vanish, getting into “hot water” will target two segments of cold management: steam treatment and general body temperature. Breathing in the steam of is an extraordinary answer for a cold’s misery. It helps to clear nasal passages while reducing inflammation. Besides, it is recommended that you keep yourself warm when you’re combating a cold: a report showed that elevated body temperature will help certain parts of your immune system to function more efficiently, helping you fight off what ails you. A warm bath enhances your immunes system to work better.
Salt Water Baths Calm Arthritic Pain
Suffering from joint agony, fibromyalgia, or lower back issues? This one may truly be a blessing from paradise-forgotten: using ordinary table salt as a piece of your bath can genuinely lessen the amount of pain you get in your joints. This scientific discovery in 2012, exhibits that a saltwater bath takes an impressive amount of the anguish out of inflammation-based pain.
Why? Salt reduces swelling in cells by dehydrating them and inhibits inflammation that causes pain. Amazingly, salt bathing is one of the most ancient bathing practices by the Greeks and was big business in 18th century Europe. Bath salts for pain management have been around for thousands of years and it is only now we are beginning to understand the science behind the myth.
Don’t hesitate to draw yourself a warm bath tonight and coax yourself into a better state of mind before heading to bed!