Hot Water & Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry skin then you know the daily struggle to maintain your skin’s moisture. There are many triggers for dry skin but one of the biggest contributors could actually be something you are doing. Taking a hot shower or washing your face with hot water can be a massive contributor to the irritation and flare up of dry skin. To they and help future irritation we’re sharing face and body care tips to help you avoid excessively drying out the skin.

Although you might be tempted to get take hot showers and baths (especially in the winter or colder climates), you might want to reconsider to save your skin from damage and irritation. Instead, you should consider taking lukewarm baths/showers to avoid having your skin dry out.  You should also limit your time in the shower/bath to avoid over drying of the skin, especially if you tend to use hot water. Many experts recommend shower time should not exceed 10 minutes. You also do not want to shower or bathe more than once in a 24 hour period to avoid over-drying of the skin.

Hot water can inflame the skin which can lead to the skin becoming red, itchy, and overall irritated. Our skins natural oils are depleted when exposed to higher water temperatures. This causes the water in your skin to escape and therefore you will be more susceptible to infections with that barrier compromised.  Reducing the temperature of the water when showering/bathing can help with maintaining moisture levels within your skin.

Another great tip when it comes to dry skin on the face is not washing your face while in the shower. I highly recommend that you wash your face at the sink once you’re out of the shower. This not only helps you to reduce your shower/bath time, but it also helps with being able to use a more lukewarm water on your face. The skin on your face can be more sensitive so you want to be sure that you do not expose it to higher water temperatures.

It might be hard to break your habit of bathing/showering in hot water. However, cutting down your shower time means you won’t have to be in there very long. The less time you can spend in there the better for your skin. Remember that your skin is our biggest organ and we need to treat it properly. Exposing the skin to hot water (especially for an extended amount of time) can lead to serious skin issues including dermatitis. Be sure that once you are out of the water you remember to pat the skin dry and not rubbing. Rubbing will only cause further irritations and damage to the skins top layer.

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SOURCES:

https://www.webmd.com/beauty/ss/slideshow-dry-skin

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/dry-skin#1

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20353885

https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/dry-skin

https://www.bcm.edu/news/skin-and-hair/hot-showers-can-damage-skin-winter

https://share.upmc.com/2015/01/hot-shower-bad-skin/

https://uihc.org/health-library/winter-dry-skin


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