Social media tends to make people do weird things. En masse. The latest beauty craze sweeping Instagram sees people applying Lush bath bombs to their faces as highlighter. Now, we love Lush. We’d do almost anything to get that fresh scent closer to our nose, and to make the most of the soft pastel shades and glitter. But the dermatologists have spoken, and this trend is bad for you skin.

It was one of the bath bombs in particular, the Lush Golden Egg Bath Bomb, that sparked this trend when a pic was posted online of a girl who used the loose glitter from it to add shimmer to her cheekbones. Soon afterwards people started noticing that quite a few of them gave off a sparkly residue which would be wasted in the bath and better applied to their faces.

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When dermatologists caught wind of this ‘hack’ they said that this could be a recipe for disaster, especially for those with sensitive skin. There is a big difference between products that are meant to be washed off, such as what we use in the bath, to things like make-up that are designed to stay on our face for extended periods of time. Bath bombs contain a lot of heavy fragrances and oils that are way to strong for the delicate skin on our faces and can lead to acne and eczema flare-ups.

So, that being said, you might want to stick with popping them in your bath water as intended. And the good people at Lush should look into adding a highlighter to their cosmetic collection because, if the last few weeks are anything to go by, they will fly off the shelves and into our make-up bags.

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