Hot Showers vs. Winter Skin: How to Limit Damage and Keep Your Skin Moisturized



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Hot Showers vs. Winter Skin: How to Limit Damage and Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Dermatologists are warning that hot water can do more harm than good to our skin, especially in the winter when our skin is already struggling with dryness and cracking. Hot showers and baths can cause inflammation, redness, itching and damage the skin's protective barrier.

This is because high temperatures disrupt the natural moisture balance of the skin and strip it of important oils, fats, and proteins. However, if you cannot imagine a day without a warm shower, there are ways to protect your skin in the winter.

“Traditional bar soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness,” says Dr. Robinson.

Limit Shower Time

If hot water is a must, try to limit the time you spend in the shower to no more than 10 minutes, and only every other day.

This can help limit skin irritation and prevent your skin from drying out too much in the winter. “Taking too long of a shower can dry out our skin and lead to itchiness,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and president and co-founder of Modern Dermatology.

“Overshowering can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation of the skin, and even precipitate skin conditions such as eczema,” Dr.

Robinson explains.

Keep the Bathroom Door Closed

To keep the moisture from the shower steam in the room, make sure to keep the bathroom door closed while you shower. This extra moisture can help your skin retain its natural oils.

Cover the Skin with Cream

Regularly applying moisturizing products to the skin is crucial in the winter. The key is to apply the cream to the skin while it is still slightly damp, as this allows for better absorption of moisture.

Avoid pre-rubbing with a rough towel, as this can stress the skin. With these tips, your skin can shine throughout the cold winter. The reason for this is that the high temperature disturbs the natural moisture balance of the skin and deprives it of all oils, fats and important proteins.

Regularly anointing the skin with moisturizing products is very important in winter. The main tip is to apply the cream to the skin while it is still slightly damp. This allows for better moisture absorption.