I’ve got a bit of a depressing blog for you. Too much time in the shower could be drying out your skin. We all love a nice hot shower in the morning to wake up, and maybe if you’re feeling saucy, a nice hot shower after a long day at work. But the problem is that when you have a shower, the water can strip your skin of the natural oils that the body produces to keep your skin soft and hydrated. So best to go for short showers and luke-warm rather than hot.
Also use a soap for sensitive skin, preferably without sodium lauryl sulphate because that will irritate your skin and dry it out also. It’s also a good idea to shave with a moisturising shaving crème. Have a look on the ingredients in your shaving crème and avoid any products with alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate early on in the ingredients list. Because once again, those ingredients will dry out your skin and you’re more likely to cut yourself shaving too. I use our lemon myrtle cleanser which does the trick nicely.
DEFINITELY never put your face directly under the shower head. This can dry out your skin and irritate it. Instead, bring water to your face with your hands. This gives the water a chance to cool off and is less intense on your skin.
Another little trick to help you keep your skin moisturised is to pat yourself dry with your towel instead of rubbing. When you rub with your towel you strip your skin of oils. Ideally drip dry is best, but who’s going to do that? Nobody, not me anyway.
Finally, always moisturise after you shower with an antioxidant rich moisturiser, this will seal your skin to moisture loss and protect your skin from free radicals over the day. Well, that’s it. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that’s the way it is. Love to hear your thoughts on all this! If you have a question, we’d love to hear your comment below!