7 Dry Skin Shower Survival Tips

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Elizabeth Beasley    

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Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so it’s no wonder we get aggravated when it gets irritated. Dry or sensitive skin can be caused by a multitude of factors from high temperatures in the summer to chilly, low humidity weather in the winter. Sometimes you can’t change your environment, but you can change your shower routine to help combat sensitive, dry skin year-round. Next time you step under the spray, keep this advice at your fingertips.

1. Turn down the heat.

A nice hot shower might be the thing you want most on a cold winter morning, but it will only prolong your dry skin problems. Hot water washes nourishing oil from your skin and makes it even drier. Protect your sensitive skin by keeping the temperature at medium heat.

2. Short is sweet.

Showering might feel soothing to your skin, but staying underwater too long will rob your skin cells of moisture. The longer you shower, the more oil you wash away. Limit your shower time to 10 to 15 minutes and only take one shower per day to keep dry skin at bay. Skip a day between showers if possible—use a washcloth at the bathroom sink for the areas that need the most attention.

Did you know that almost half of all Americans have sensitive skin? Watch this video for more sensitive skin facts.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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