Hot, Steamy Showers Are Bad For Your Skin

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After a long, tiring day at the office you might think to yourself how you can’t wait to get home and take a long, hot bath or shower.  Is that a good idea?

Hot showers feel great, but exposing your skin to extreme temperatures can be damaging.

The heat from a hot shower breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. The longer you are exposed to the hot water, the drier your skin becomes. Warm water is much better for your skin.

When you are done apply moisturizer or ointment to your skin immediately after your shower when your skin is still damp. This will help to hydrate your skin and replace some of the moisture that was lost during your shower. If taking a bath, add a little olive oil to the water to keep your skin moisturized.