Bubble baths. You see it on every self care list and across beauty blogs. They sell you the idea that bath bombs and oils are magical, and will not only offer you a relaxing bath time, but also a bath time that looks awesome.
They’ve even gone so far as to make something called a bath board, which in theory sounds great! You can spend even more time in your glamour bath, sipping champagne from your cupholder, and watching Netflix from your bath board groove designed specifically to hold your screen up.
And bubble baths are super aesthetic, don’t get me wrong! I love a good glitter bathbomb. But can we get real about bubble baths?
Bubble baths are the worst.
The more you add to your bath, the higher the chance of getting a UTI or yeast infection. In the immortal words of Cardi B: Do you want a yeast infection? Do you want a f***ing yeast infection?
Glitters, oils, bubble formula, and bath bombs are not meant to go anywhere near your girly bits, and submerging yourself in a bathtub full of them seems like a surefire way to end your month with extra trips to the doctor’s office because it burns every time you pee.
Who has the time and money for that?
I certainly don’t. But like so many others, I fell into the dreamy trap set by trending media. I fell in love with the idea of an aesthetic bubble bath experience, determined to recreate what I saw across social media. What I ended up with was a Urinary Tract Infection.
Is that a little TMI? Good. Maybe me going into the Eek Zone will save a few girlies from suffering from the same pain and humiliation of the doctor’s office. Imagine the doctor sitting across from you, eyes lifeless from a long day, as he tells you that your feminine issue was once again caused by the bubble bath you took a week ago. He once again urges you not to use fancy bombs, oils, or salts in your bath. You go home and rethink your whole existence while weeping over your bank account, which was charged $70 for him to tell you that.
So how can you enjoy a bath safely, without fear of infection?
Safe Bath Tips
- Check the ingredients
- Go light on the additives
- Enjoy a post-bath shower to clean off your skin
- Dry thoroughly after your bath
- Save the glitter bombs for the pedicure
“While I would recommend avoiding these products altogether, if you do choose to use one, steer clear of products with lots of color and certainly glitter”.
Dr. Hemesath goes on to say that
“Overall, soaps, dyes, chemicals and fragrances can all be irritating and alter the vaginal pH. We recommend washing the outside of the vulva only using a mild soap, or no soap if a woman is prone to irritation. We strongly recommend against douching. The vagina cleanses itself through normal vaginal discharge and does not need to be ‘washed out’”.
Enjoying a nice warm bath is a wonderful experience, if done correctly. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need all those extra add-ons to have a good time. While they look nice, the health risks are just way too numerous. All you really need is some hot water and a Lelo, anyways. But that’s just my opinion, ladies.
Have any scary bath experiences you’d like to share?