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Don't Take a Hot Shower This Winter

Don't Take a Hot Shower This Winter

It's no fun stepping out of a warm bed into a less warm bathroom – am I the only one with freezing floor tiles year-round?! Sadly, hot showers aren't your best Winter bet . . . for your skin, anyway.

As refreshing as hot water can be, it dries out skin quickly. With the increased risk cold weather already brings, your best bet is to take a lukewarm shower and apply moisturizer as your second step after drying off. Adding lotion immediately will lock in your skin's moisture even when you get to the truly frigid air.

This season it's also especially important to read the labels on your bath and beauty products. To keep skin well-nourished, look for lotions or creams with oils (e.g., coconut, almond, etc.) and butters (e.g., shea, cocoa, etc.) to provide moisture. Avoid shower gels with alcohols as one of the top ingredients because that'll steal extra moisture even before you step out of the shower.


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soapbox soapbox 8 years
I only take hot showers when I have migraines. Any other time, I usually take cold/cool showers since I run/workout before taking them. Still, my skin gets terribly dry.
a_mama a_mama 8 years
I am guilty of running my shower on super hot for a couple of mins with the door closed to steam up the bathroom, then I take my not so super hot shower. Also after I turn off the water, but before I open the curtien I splooge baby oil all over me. Toss on my robe and, if I'm extra crunchy feeling slather on my elf body butter ($3 love it). My hubby is always loving my soft skin!
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
nooo.. I can't give up the hot showers:(
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
I only take cold shower on summer...
emalove emalove 8 years
I try not to because I have super-dry skin and mild eczema, but it's tough when it's 20 degrees outside...all you want is a nice hot shower!
reallysparkle reallysparkle 8 years
I know it's bad, but it's so darn cold.. brrr...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I can't live without hot showers, unfortunately, but I try to compensate by using extra-rich shower cream and moisturizer.
myystque myystque 8 years
Yeah, I know that but I love really hot showers. They feel wonderful and are very relaxing.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Okay ladies, read this a few months ago, and it truly works. I also take pretty warm showers, it feels nice, but I found a little trick that helps with moisturizing! When you are just about done with your shower, step back out of most of the water, and apply conditioner to your skin (I go and get cheap VO5 stuff, the moisturizing ones). Apply thickly and rub into the skin. Then turn the temp down on your faucet, to something a little colder for just enough time to wash off all of the conditioner & it leaves your skin pretty moisturized. I have itchy dry skin in the winter, and I have itched since I started doing it. I figure, they say you should wash of the conditioner in your hair in colder water, to give more of a shine. So I suck it up in the colder water for just a minute and get all the final rinsing done! Just sharing what I read
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I always moisturize after a shower... I'm addicted to having smooth skin.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Sorry, Bella, but I can't give up my super-hot showers. I do moisterize the second I get out, though, so I don't feel too terrible for my skin. :)
Advah Advah 8 years
You must be reading my mind, Bella. It's so freaking cold here that I got used to taking very long, hot showers asa I moved here. However I realised that after 3 weeks of holiday abroad my hair and skin looked incredibly better - they went bad to terrible within 3 days of being back in my flat. So I decided I'd give shorter, lukewarm water a try, and it's working really well. Difficult, but the good news is I take a shower in less than 4 minutes every night now the water's not hot anymore. :/
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
My house is too cold to take lukewarm showers. I take very hot showers. When I'm finished the first thing I do is moisturize a lot.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Hot showers are the only way I can get warm! :(
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'll try to do better but I love my hot showers. My poor skin must hate me...
sofi sofi 8 years
Oh, I was actually thinking about how bad for my skin the scalding water was this morning, but I was so darn cold!!! I guess I'll just need more moisturizer :shrug:
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