- Hot water feels good on cold days, but the higher the temperature, the drier your skin will be. Lukewarm water is ideal.
- Avoid scalding yourself by filling your bathtub halfway with water at a comfortable but not-too-hot temperature. Get into the tub, then run hot water to fill the bath to your desired temperature.
- Limit your soaking time to 15 minutes or less. If your skin begins to get pruney, it's time to get out.
- Skip the bubble bath; the soap in it strips away your skin's natural moisture. Try using bath oil instead.
- Other alternatives to soap come straight from the kitchen. A couple of packets of chamomile tea can provide a light, soothing scent to your bath. Or try an oatmeal bath: toss 1/3 cup uncooked oats into a food processor and blend on high. When you have a very fine powder, add it to warm water for a soothing bath.
- Postbath, pat your skin dry and apply a body lotion while skin is still slightly damp.
Any other tips from you, gentle reader?
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