Dry, cracked, uncomfortable skin belongs on old man winter – not on you. But when the weather gets cold, you need to change up your routine when it comes to bathing to keep your skin hydrated and comfortable. Here’s how:
Skip the bath, stick to showering
You may wish to soak in the tub for ages, but it’s better for your skin to shower instead. Why? Because hot water actually dries out the skin, removing its protective natural moisture barrier layer. This happens in a hot shower, too, but it will happen more quickly in a bath, due to the skin’s full submersion in water.
Two words: Dry Brush
There’s a reason the professionals have been using the technique of dry brushing the skin in their spa body treatments for years – the process of brushing the skin with firm dry bristles sheds dead cells, renews texture and smooths skin neck-to-toes. Do it daily before you step into the shower and see a dramatic difference.
Watch the clock
Shower for ten minutes max – shorter if possible. If you step out and notice that your skin is red and/or itchy – that’s a sure sign that you’ve been in for too long.
Turn down the temperature
When it’s cold outside, I know the temptation to crank up the hot water may be strong. But you may be surprised at how easy it is to adjust to warm or lukewarm water, and it will keep your skin hydrated and soft all season. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends you keep the thermostat on your water heater around 120 degrees F (49 degrees C) to prevent scalding, (it will also keep your energy bills low).
Use a gentle body cleanser
Don’t use plain soap – it can further strip your skin of moisture. Opt for a body cleanser with ultra-gentle cleansing agents and essential oils to smooth the skin (Try: Comfortably Clean Daily Body Shower Gel or Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Cleanser)
After showering, pat your skin dry (don’t rub) and apply a moisturizer. Look for a product with dimethicone or shea butter, emollient ingredients that help soften, lubricate and seal in skin own moisture. (Try: Extremely Emollient or Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Creme)
Do you notice your skin gets drier in the winter? Tell me in the comments!