While the cold weather is still going on, there’s nothing more enjoyment than a steaming hot shower. If the weather gets colder, no problem our showers will just get hotter, and especially longer because we enjoy the temperature of the hot water. There is a but… Long hot showers means also pretty darn bad for you skin. So if you want to save your skin, skip the extremely long hot showers starting tonight!
Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C. explains: excessively hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, it’s also very drying and increases wintertime itch.
The first big mistake that people make with their skin in the winter is simply showering too hot says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas. “Extreme temperature of any kind of the skin can throw off its delicate balances, and showering in too-hot water can lead to dry patches and uncomfortably dehydrated skin.”
Your skin is already prone to dryness during winter, because of the extreme temperatures and the dry, air heat we use from our central heating units. In combine with a nightly hot shower it’s really a no no.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news but limiting the amount of time you shower. Stop using soaps and use moisturising body wash instead. Lukewarm water is the best. After your shower the next step is to moisturise the skin within three minutes. It will lock the water into the skin, which keeps your skin hydrated.
Another way to keep you away from a winter dry skin is a simply DIY mask recipe by Joanna Vargas.
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tbsp avocado
1/4 tbsp honey
Leave on the skin for 20 minutes and say bye-bye to your dry winter skin!