There is nothing better than coming home from a rough day to take a nice hot shower. As the steam fills the air your pores open and you feel instant relaxation, it’s funny what a little hot water can do.
What if I told you every time you take a hot shower you’re doing damage to your skin?
It is recommend that you shower in lukewarm water to keep your skin hydrated. High temperatures pull moisture from the skin. If you’ve ever taken a detox bath or soaked in super hot water you notice after the first five minutes you begin to sweat, same scenario with hot showers. The skin is already noticeably drier after a shower, even at mild temperatures. This is due to water evaporation that occurs after showering.
Dermatologists state that showering should only happen for a duration up to about 15 minutes. Most of us use the time in the shower to relax and 15 minutes just isn’t enough. If you don’t think you’ll be able to follow doctors orders here are a few things that can help increase moisture after showering.
- Using soaps with low amounts of sulfates will save your skin from drying . Sulfates strip the skin of dirt and debris in order to cleanse but unfortunately it also removes natural oils.
- Hydrating with oils allow the skin to obtain more moisture. Some oils have a smaller molecular structure and can therefore travel deeper into the skin.
- Exfoliating frequently will remove dead skin allowing you to care for new skin cells more effectively.
- Applying your moisturizer while the skin is wet allows the skin to absorb excess water left on the skin after showering.