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. Keep reading . . .
- 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.
- Post-bath, pat your skin dry and apply a body lotion while skin is still slightly damp.
Any other tips from you, gentle reader?