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Don't Take a Hot Shower This Winter

Don't Take a Hot Shower This Winter


It's no fun stepping out of a warm bed into a less warm bathroom – am I the only one with freezing floor tiles year-round?! Sadly, hot showers aren't your best Winter bet . . . for your skin, anyway.

As refreshing as hot water can be, it dries out skin quickly. With the increased risk cold weather already brings, your best bet is to take a lukewarm shower and apply moisturizer as your second step after drying off. Adding lotion immediately will lock in your skin's moisture even when you get to the truly frigid air.

This season it's also especially important to read the labels on your bath and beauty products. To keep skin well-nourished, look for lotions or creams with oils (e.g., coconut, almond, etc.) and butters (e.g., shea, cocoa, etc.) to provide moisture. Avoid shower gels with alcohols as one of the top ingredients because that'll steal extra moisture even before you step out of the shower.

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