Dry skin is a common problem that most of us will eventually experience, particularly during winter when temperatures can become especially chilly and dry. If your skin has become parched due to cold air drying out your environment, don’t despair; most times the symptoms can be managed without specialist intervention at home by washing and moisturizing regularly; alternatively there may be natural solutions you could try as a means of adding some hydration back in if this doesn’t help.
Preventing Dry Skin while Bathing
1 ) Limit Your Shower Or Bath Time To 5-10 Minutes
While bathing is essential to health and well-being, too much bathing can strip oils off your skin and lead to further drying out. To preserve these natural oils on your skin and ensure that it continues to produce them optimally, limit shower or bath times to 5-10 minutes for best results.
Try setting a shower timer that alerts you after 10 minutes so you don’t lose track of time in the shower. Additionally, doing this saves water and reduces costs; cutting just one minute off could save an average of 2.5 US gal (9.5 L).
2) Take A Colloidal Oatmeal Bath To Moisturize Your Whole Body
Start by running a shower, and add one or two small packages of oatmeal under the faucet while your tub fills. At that point, start splashing for 10 minutes to soothe your skin and relax your mind.
Colloidal oatmeal refers to ground up oats that has been finely ground into powder form, which you can find at most drugstores or online.
If you can’t locate colloidal oats, make your own by crushing oats in a food processor.
3) Bathe With Warm Water, Not Hot Water.
Boiling water can be uncomfortable and can leave your skin dry and chapped. Make sure that the temperature in your shower or tub water is comfortably warm – not hot – when bathing, and adjust the setting as necessary so as to prevent the temperature becoming excessively hot while bathing.
If you can’t manage to gradually decrease the temperature of your showers, take extra steps to limit their duration; plan to get out after five minutes.