You’re Probably Showering Wrong in the Winter

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You shampoo, condition, & body wash as usual what the problem is? A lot, it turns out, depending on dermatologists. Continue reading for the top winter showering don’ts and what to do.

Mistake #1: Taking long, hot showers

After traversing the icy tundra, there is nothing that warms you up, really like a steamy shower. However, it comes at a cost. “Taking a long time of a shower may dry up the skin and lead to irritation,” says board-certified dermatologist says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology. Try to make limit your shower time to 5 to 7 mins. And maintain the temp under 99 degrees. Almost everything higher can strip skin of its essential moisture and deplete the all-natural protective barrier of the epidermis, which can cause impairments in skin’s moisture. On the other hand, this can be the ideal temp for your shower, according to science.

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Mistake #2: Showering too often

There is no secret that very cold temperatures and cold wind may take a toll on the skin, but so can having a shower frequently! “Overshowering can cause irritation, dryness &  redness of the skin, and also precipitate skin disorders for example 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 without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture.

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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, for example, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash or Yuni Concentrated Body Cleansing Creme. For an additional moisturizing dosage, complete with an in-shower lotion like Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer that you can apply and rinse in the shower.

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Mistake #4: Lazy shaving

Maybe you shave not as much during the winter. We will not tell. But if you do, do not forget to scrub first gently. Not only can the growth of dead skin cells lead to a dry, less-smooth appearance to your legs, but it really may also trigger in-grown hairs and discomfort, based on Dr. Robinson. She also warns against dry shaving.

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To begin with, you need to shave inside a warm environment (such as the shower) to open your pores for a closer and smoother result. Next, make sure that you utilize an emollient shaving cream. “The good news is that shaving creams are soothing, and many will help the shaving method,” describes board-certified dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder of Capital Laser & Skin-Care. Next, if you have sensitive skin, nourishing formula with oatmeal, such as Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel. Lastly, change your razor blade after a few uses to keep bacteria at bay and prevent the nicks you’re more likely to receive from an ordinary blade. The Venus & Olay-Razor has generated moisturizing strips to soothe skin every stroke.

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Mistake #5: Washing hair too frequently

Like the body- hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. Instead, Dr. Robinson advises deciding on every other to every third-day regimen of shampooing &  conditioning. Here is how to select the perfect shampoo for your hair type. If oily roots are trouble, try a little dry shampoo for a cleaner coif within seconds.

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Mistake #6: Shampooing too vigorously

“Oil is produced from your scalp around the roots of one’s hair, so concentrate the shampoo on top of the scalp to about mid hair shaft,” says Dr. Robinson. Even though you need to give your scalp an excellent, thorough scrub, you need not scour it like a dirt ring all around a bathtub. Digging in really hard that you scratch your scalp is not smart. It may cause bleeding, irritation, even inflammation, and the risk of infections. These healthy hair tips will add shine, fight frizz, &  prevent damage.

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Mistake #7: Skipping the conditioner

Lower humidity in the wintertime dries out the skin, but it may suck moisture from your strands. “It is very necessary to increase the moisture factor of your shampoo & conditioner during the winter to help reduce static & flyaways,” says Dr. Tanzi. The ends of your hair obtain the smallest amount of all-natural oil, which travels down from the hair scalp so that they have to have the most hydration. Dr. Robinson advises focusing on conditioner at those dry tips. And if your strands are feeling ultra dehydrated, try to add a weekly nourishing therapy, like Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask for deep conditioning, into your normal routine. (Do not miss the myths about the hair you need to stop believing).

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Mistake #8: Drying off too roughly

Again, this is your body, not a grubby bathtub, so you do not need to dry yourself so roughly that you damage your epidermis. Dr. Tanzi suggests patting yourself dry out with a comfortable towel instead of rubbing vigorously; otherwise, you risk exfoliation &  irritation. Do not forget to moisturize just after toweling off to lock in hydration (more about that next). Look at derm-approved tricks to keep your hands soft and gentle all winter long.

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Mistake #9: Moisturizing wrong

Regularly showering during the winter season can lead to xerosis or dryness, which could compromise the skin’s obstacle function, leading to extra sensitive skin & exacerbating skin disorders such as eczema. The best solution is to apply a ceramide-based moisturizer, such as Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream or CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, which repairs the skin’s normal barrier.

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The best time to moisturize skin is right after you take a shower when the skin is still damp. “Periodic application during the day is helpful too, but the most significant application is after cleansing,” says Dr. Tanzi. And when you are considering how much moisturizer you will need for the whole body, she recommends a shot glass full of the same SPF. Here is how moisturizer compounds work.

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