In one survey done by Flint + Flint in Britain, it found that only 21% of women take daily showers. The primary reason given was extreme tiredness. While it sounds unhygienic, this might have saved their skin!
Showering with hot water can strip off the natural oils and lead to dry skin. But you don’t want to drive people away with your smell, so here’s how to keep your friends and still save your skin:
Tip #1 – Stop Taking Long Hot Showers
On the average, most Americans shower for about 10-15 minutes a day. Contrary to popular belief, women take only a few seconds longer than men to finish. Keep it to about 5 minutes so that your skin will not be exposed to the dry heat for too long. Also, use lukewarm water instead of hot water. The latter is the fastest way of stripping the natural oils out.
When we say shower, it includes all the time you spend inside the bathroom. Some people would go in and out the room gathering all their supplies and waiting for the hot water to flow. It’s better to prepare everything you need before stepping into the shower.
Tip #2 – Limit Contact With Surfactants
You know those bubbles that you love to make during showers? That’s a telltale sign that your soap has a lot of surfactants. Its primary function is to remove oil and dirt, and most cleaning agents need this ingredient to do their job. Body washes and soaps with plenty of surfactants bind oil quickly, which will dry your skin as well. Choose soaps that have more ceramides as they attract water molecules, making your skin supple and well-hydrated. Avoid using antibacterial soaps unless prescribed by your doctor.
Tip #3 – Rinse Off Properly
I know tip #1 says that you have to shower quickly, but this does not mean that you can leave soap suds in your body. It’s not enough to towel them off. Left in, it can cause dryness and irritation. Rinse well.
Tip #4 – Dry Properly
I’ve seen people vigorously rubbing themselves with towel after a shower. They say this keeps them warm. They also believe that the flannel does not harm your skin. Not true, vigorous rubbing will rub off the natural oil barrier in your body. It’s better to pat yourself dry gently.
Tip #5 – Moisturize
No matter how gently you wash and towel off, you will still lose some amount of natural oils after showering. Help retain moisture in your body by applying lotion immediately after the shower.
Read labels carefully and choose the right lotion for your skin type. Ask your doctor for recommendations. For those with really dry skin, look for exfoliating lotion to help remove the dry surface cells.
There are many factors that contribute to dry skin. Aging, allergies, as well as improper hygiene are just some of the biggest offenders. Skin that is dry is not only unsightly, it can be itchy and uncomfortable. One of the simplest way to stave off dryness is to follow the tips above. If you shower properly, you can be well on your way to healthy, well-moisturized skin.