Mistake #1: Taking long, hot showers
After traversing the frosty tundra, there’s nothing that warms you up quite like a steamy shower. But it comes at a cost. “Taking too long of a shower can dry out our skin and lead to itchiness,” says board certified dermatologist says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology. Try to limit your shower time to five to seven minutes and keep the temperature below 99 degrees. Anything higher can strip skin of its essential moisture and deplete the natural protective barrier of your skin, which can lead to impairments in skin’s moisture. This is the healthiest temperature for your shower, according to science.
Mistake #2: Showering too often
It’s no secret that freezing temps and cold wind can take a toll on your skin, but so can showering too often! “Overshowering can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation of the skin, and even precipitate skin conditions such as eczema,” Dr. Robinson explains. Based on your activity level, showering every day may be overkill. For the average adult, showering every other day is sufficient to cleanse the skin withhout stripping away skin’s natural moisture. Here’s more inspiration for cutting back on your showers (including that it will help preserve your hair color!).
Mistake #3: Using the wrong cleanser
Ditch the bar soap! “Traditional bar soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness,” says Dr. Robinson. Instead, opt for a rich, soap-free formula, such as Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash or Yuni Concentrated Body Cleansing Creme. For an extra moisturizing dose, finish with a in-shower lotion like Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer that you apply and rinse off in the shower.