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Bathing & Dry Skin…Is there a connection?

Dry skin isn’t mandatory! And you might be causing your own dry skin and not knowing it.  There are some easy things you can change in your daily routine that will make a big difference in regards to the health of your skin. Follow these dry skin remedies, and see how quickly your skin makes a turn-around.

Watch the Temperature of Your Bath and Shower 

It’s always nice to come home after a long day and get in a hot, hot bath. But while it may feel relaxing, it’s not especially good for your skin. Hot water can strip the moisture and oils out of your skin, leaving it parched, dry and scaly.

As hard as it may be, use warm water instead of hot water when you shower or take a bath, and limit your bath to 15 minutes at the most. Similarly, when you shower, the less time under the water the better. You shouldn’t have to wipe the steam off the mirror when you step out, and your bathroom shouldn’t feel like a sauna. You’ll notice that your skin is less dry if you play it safe and limit the time spent in the shower and also change the temperature of the water you use.

Skip the Bubbles

Who doesn’t love a bubble bath? It’s something that most of us have grown up with, and plenty of us love bubble baths even as adults. A few caps full of bubbles is almost a ritual for some. But you should probably know that many of the bubbles you put in your bath will strip your skin of the oils it needs.

Instead of having a bubble bath,  use soothing Magnesium Chloride Salts that will enhance your bathing experience, and forget the bubbles. You could also try a bath oil. A cap full of oil when added to your bath water will leave your skin even more hydrated than before you hopped in.

Pat Dry, Don’t Rub Dry

When you get out of the shower or bath and grab your towel, gently pat the water off your skin instead of rubbing your skin dry. This will save your skin the misery of the “towel abuse” most men (and some women) habitually inflict on their skin.

By patting your skin dry (or gently rubbing), your skin will be able to retain more of the moisture you’re going to seal in with our next step: moisturiser.

Never Ever Skip the Moisturizer

When you skin has been dried off, it’s important to seal in the moisture from the shower, and the quicker you do this after your shower, the better your skin will look and feel. And if your moisturiser of choice is a body oil, it’s actually best to apply it to damp skin. Don’t fall into the easy trap of being lazy and waiting more than 10 minutes after you get out of the shower or bath to moisturise your skin, keep it in your bathroom within arm’s reach. The sooner you get that hydrating product on, the better.