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How to Take a Bath Without Having Dry Skin

6 Ways to Keep Baths From Drying Out Your Skin

You've probably heard that taking baths dries out your skin more than showering does. Sadly, it isn't an old wives' tale. Hot water strips your skin of its moisture, potentially leaving you with a case of the itchies. But if you're like me and you can't resist a little splish-splash, there are ways to soak and stave off dry skin. For six tips on doing so, just read more.

  • 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?

Photo by Flickr User f_mafra

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I love Aveeno's oatmeal bath.
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
I love the oatmeal, but not a big fan of the baths. I'm a shower person, so i actually will put some plain oatmeal into a stocking. Yup i buy the cheap nylons, cut them up, then tie them up with oatmeal inside, and will use them in the shower so i get the moisturizing effect of the oatmeal but in my shower. Really helps with my itchy eczema skin in the winter.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
I love, love baths (esp. in the cold winter months) but it completely zaps my skin of any moisture! Thanks for the tips!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I swear by the oatmeal baths. I use that and the Aveeno oatmeal lotion and I haven't experienced that pesky rash I get every winter.
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