What Everyone Can Learn From This Lush Bath Bomb Accident

Part of the allure in taking a long bath or shower and using skin softening bath products, like bath salts and bath bombs, is the idea of taking time out for yourself to relax and unwind. But what happens when your plan goes south and instead of destressing you emerge completely stressed out because your skin just turned bright pink?

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That’s what happened to Abi Shenton, who lives in the UK, after using Lush Razzle Dazzle Bath Oil, a fuchsia colored bath oil, which she rubbed all over her body for three days. While Shenton admits that she didn’t use the product properly—it’s to be diluted in water not rubbed on skin like soap as she did—she was able to remove the stains with a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil and an exfoliating wash.

New York dermatologist Estee Williams, MD, says that we tend to underestimate the potential for harm in our beauty products, even the most benign-looking products from reputable brands. “Think twice before you put anything on your skin—it’s no different from ingesting something. The more complicated the product, the greater the risk. The average consumer does not read, understand or follow the pamphlets that come with serious prescription medications so it’s quite predictable that the instructions for over-the-counter beauty products may not be followed either.”

The bottom line: never take a product’s intended use for something else, especially if it’s loaded with pigments and colorants or supercharged actives. And never underestimate the power of your products and what they are capable of doing.

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