Are Your Showers "Too Hot"
So if you're like me, your shower time is the time to relax, a way to unwind from a long day, to tune out all of the bothers of the world and to rub flower-smelling substances on your head while massaging your temples and, in turn, stress away. Of course, all under a steaming-hot almost debilitating yet extremely relaxing flow of heaven-sent droplets of boiling water.
It was all a dream for me. My time to get away and one day, my husband had to point out, in screeching pain from walking into the shower after i was done that "Baby, i think this water is too hot." Then it dawned on me, "is my water too hot?" I researched.
Turns out that taking hot showers is very bad for your skin - duh. Excessive time under water of high temperatures removes the essential oils of your skin, stripping it of minerals it needs to maintain nice, healthy, moisturized and well, not dry. According to Huffington Post, Cynthia Bailey, M.D., a dermatologist in Northern California and founder of DrBaileySkinCare.com says: "First, it removes too much of your natural oils (much like it works better than cold water for cleaning greasy pots and pans). Second, hot water brings blood circulation to your skin which is why your skin turns red like a lobster. With the circulation comes inflammatory building blocks to create more itch and even a rash." Ta-da!
Well i know that having lived in Miami, and being careless has led me to some excess sun exposure, but lately, my skin has been getting a lot more dry, especially on my arms. I'd like to blame the Los Angeles winter weather for those extra degrees in the tub. Anyway, i have decided to try and tame down the temperature in the shower, slowly but surely, and to cut down the time overall. Experts say that shower water temperature should be a little warmer than body temperature, and that showers should last no more than 5-10 minutes - rolls eyes. As far as exfoliating goes, i've read it's safe to use a gentle exfoliator 1-2 times a week, but one thing is for sure, moisturizing is imperative after your rinse - the sweet spot is exactly three minutes after she shower (who would have known).
Here is a GIF of a cat taking a shower - you're welcome.