After a long, stressful day, sometimes you just want to unwind with a long, hot bath. You might not have the candles or the rose petals to set the mood, but you do have that bath bomb you got as a gift or bought to treat yourself. As the hot water bubbles with rainbow fizz, the steamy bathroom is filled with a wonderful floral smell and you’re instantly relaxed.
Bath bombs are like a relaxing spa day, minus the astronomical price and travel time.They’re also affordable and come in all shapes, sizes and scents. Honestly, who doesn’t love a good bath bomb?
Unfortunately, bath bombs might actually be doing more harm than good to our bodies. Bath bombs are especially notorious for wreaking havoc on the ladies. According to doctors, the components in bath bombs are horrible for female genitalia due to the large amount of perfumes and dyes that they contain. Dr. Vanessa Mackay, a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says, “It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.”
Here are a few of the reasons why bath bombs are not-so-indulgent for vaginal health.
1. The perfumes and dyes disrupt the pH balance.
The vagina requires a specific pH balance ranging between 3.5 to 4.5. This makes that area slightly acidic, but maintaining that range is important for keeping everything balanced and healthy. If something like a bath bomb throws off that balance, microorganisms can grow and cause yeast infections.
2. They can cause UTIs and infections.
Even without the added bath bombs, there’s been a long debate between showers and baths being healthier. A bath may feel more relaxing, but you’re essentially sitting in a tub of water filled with all the dirt and grime from the day. Now add a perfumed bath bomb to the mix and all of the chemicals and dirt in the water can irritate your urethra, which is how urinary tract infections occur. Yeast infections can also cause some awkward smells until their disappearance.
One relaxing soak is not worth a week of painful bathroom visits.
3. Glitter and vaginas don’t mix.
If you thought cleaning all the glitter and dye from the tub was a nightmare, imagine cleaning all of that from your sensitive bits. It’s like when you have to get all the sand off your body after a visit to the beach. You’re going to have to be a lot more invasive to get all the glitter out and even then it’ll cause uncomfortable abrasions near your vagina. So if you have to get a bath bomb, try not to get a glittery one.
4. Even organic products can be too strong.
Personally, I love the smell of lavender. I’ve used up a huge bottle of lavender lotion and I’ve even had lavender body wash. After some research, I draw the line at perfuming my baths. Even if a product says it’s organic or all-natural, that doesn’t mean your vagina will like it. Try not to use really strong scents for your baths in order to maintain the pH balance of your vagina.