We’ve had some extremely cold temperatures. A nice hot shower seems to help, right? Not really. Here’s why.
According to doctors at Baylor College of Medicine, the higher temperatures at bath time increase dry skin, which could have long-term damaging effects.
Instead, Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor, recommends showering with lukewarm water for no more than 10 to 15 minutes during wintery months.
“Even though long hot showers feel soothing to the skin during cold weather, it is actually hard on the skin,” she said. “The high water temperature and the evaporation of water off the skin, once out of the shower, causes the skin to become drier.”
Katta recommended patting partially dry and using moisturizer cream while skin is still damp after a shower.
“Moisturizers can make a huge difference,” she explained.
Using gentle soaps and thick moisturizers can help protect against skin inflammation and eczema flare ups. Katta mentioned seeing more eczema cases and an increased number of patients with inflamed skin due to the cold.
“Very dry skin, if not reversed, can progress to skin inflammation and eczema, which calls for a different course of treatment,” she added.
Look at the ingredients in skin care. Petrolatum is one that is used frequently. Petrolatum is derived from petroleum oil. Would you want to use something on your skin that is put in the gasoline tank of your vehicle? This is just one. For a list of ingredients that should not be in skin care, click here.
We absorb 60% of what we put on our skin. I recommend you look at labels and be picky about your products.
What’s in us, on us, and around us becomes a part of us. ~anonymous
Mary Beth Potrykus