Simple Shower Tricks for Better Skin

Splish, splash, I was takin’ a bath ‘long about a Saturday night
A rub dub, just relaxin’ in the tub, thinkin’ everything was all right

A long hot soak in the tub can be so relaxing. Or lingering in a shower with the hot water spraying across your weary body. Just one problem, both can be damaging to your skin.

That’s right, your “go to” relaxation technique may be making your dry skin worse – especially now that menopause has arrived. Here are the culprits and how you can fix them.

Your Water Is Too Hot

When the water is hot, it can also leave your skin red and itchy. That’s because hot water can dry out skin and strip it of it’s natural oils. That’s not good during menopause when your skin is already drier thanks to a lack of estrogen. Rather than a piping hot shower, turn the temperature down and keep your showers on the warmer side.

Showering Too Often

Showering too often can also leave you skin drier. It’s ironic, but water on the skin can be dehydrating because it strips your skin of its natural oils. It can also be irritating and wash away good bacteria. Talk to your doctor about your activity level and how often you should shower to stay fresh and clean without over drying your skin. When you do shower, keep it as short as possible.

Using Too Much Soap

You might think that the more bubbles the better, but that’s not true. The more lather, the more natural oils are being stripped from your skin. Choose a gentle cleanser and skip the anti-bacterial options unless you have a specific health need. Some moisturizing cleansers can be a good choice, too. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s completely rinsed off before stepping out of the shower.

You’re Not Drying Correctly

Vigorously drying off when you step out of the shower can be damaging to your skin. Instead of going over your skin as fast as you can with the towel, take the time to pat yourself dry with a clean towel. It’s less damaging for your skin and can help trap in some of the moisture.

You’re Skipping the Lotion

Because water on your skin is dehydrating, it’s important to replace that moisture after showering. Once you pat dry, apply some type of moisturizer to your skin, paying close attention to troublesome areas like your hands and feet. An ointment or cream can be especially helpful.

This content was written by staff of by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.  Reprinted with permission: 
Simple Shower Tricks for Better Skin


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