Bath bombs are wonderful when you need to energize and rejuvenate or simply soothe the day away but they are not always great for sensitive skin. This Bath Bomb Recipe for Eczema makes bath time fun for kids or adults while also good eczema treatment.
Bath Bomb Recipe for Eczema
This bath bomb is both fun and safe for people with skin issues. My youngest loves fun bath items but she normally doesn’t get to use fancy bath bombs or soaps because of her extremely sensitive skin. I did some research and found that making bath bombs without citric acid is the key, as the citric acid can irritate sensitive skin, resulting in red inflamed and dry skin.
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What can I put in my bath to help eczema?
Cornstarch – I found that making bath bombs using cornstarch and baking soda are ideal for people with eczema and/or sensitive skin. Cornstarch is a good ingredient in bath bombs because soothes irritated skin, and is even helpful for sunburns and skin allergies.
Baking Soda – Baking soda also contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and may also help prevent eczema flare-ups or reduce symptoms in some people. It often relieves the itching for people with eczema.
Epsom Salt – It’s also thought that Epsom salts are effective for soothing skin and reducing irritation and itching. A salt made of magnesium and sulfate which can stimulate detoxification, reduce inflammation in sore muscles, lower blood pressure, promote healthy circulation, and help with relaxation, making it an amazing additive to bath bombs.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which makes it a safe and effective natural treatment for eczema. It’s highly moisturizing and can soothe the skin, reduce irritation and itching.
Cream of Tartar – Since this recipe is not using citric acid, we need an ingredient to work with the baking soda to make the bath bombs fizz. It may be slightly less fizzy than a typical bath bomb, but it fizzes enough to make the kids happy!
Topioca Pearls – This is what I used for my bath bombs but I’m having trouble locating them. You can purchase white tapioca pearls and then dye them yourself. Or you can purchase natural sprinkles such as these without artificial dyes.
Essential Oils – There are quite a few essential oils that soothe and heal irritated skin like lavender, chamomile, tea tree, bergamot and geranium. I like to use the Skin Care Blend from Rocky Mountain Oils because it includes Cucumber, Lavender, Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, and Rose essential oils all together and it smells amazing! Even my 8 year old loves it so I normally just use this blend for all of my skin care products.
How Do You Make Bath Bombs for Eczema?
There are so many artificial dyes and other ingredients like fragrances in commercial bath bombs it can be hard to tell what’s safe and what’s not. The FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list the actual ingredients that are used to create the fragrance so they can just say “fragrance” without actually disclosing how that is made. The only real issue with making bath bombs without citric acid is that they are softer and crumblier compared to those made with critic acid. Just make sure to be careful with them and I found putting them in the fridge after making them helps them to set.
Bath Bomb Recipe for Eczema
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 60-100 drops essential oil
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp water (as needed)
- In a glass or metal bowl, combine baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and epsom salt. Mix together thoroughly with your hands or a spoon or fork.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut oil and essential oils. Whisk them all together.
- Drizzle the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients slowly while mixing constantly. Don’t dump the wet ingredients in too quickly, or the mixture could start fizzing and there’d be no reaction once you put these in the bath. Mix thoroughly with your hands until there are no big lumps and the mixture is similar to damp sand. If you grab it with your hand and squeeze the mix should hold its shape.
- Pat them into bath bomb molds or silicone soap molds. Let them set for at least an hour before using. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes for best results.
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