Hot Showers Harmful to Your Skin in Winter

  • By Han Hee-june

    January 01, 2019 08:25

    Taking a long, hot shower is appealing in winter, but it may harm your skin.

    "Bathing in hot water causes skin to lose its moisture," said Lee Sang-jun at a skin clinic in Seoul. "Lengthy exposure to a hot water bath damages the stratum corneum, making your skin sensitive to external stimuli."

    Once you hit the "over-the-hill" age, oil and moisture levels in your skin become unbalanced, and taking a hot shower can dry your skin even more.

    Dermatologists advise showering in lukewarm water below 40 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. Using your elbow is a reliable way to gauge water temperature.

    Consider taking a bath every other day instead of doing it everyday. If you must shower daily, limit the use of cleansers to alternate days.

    It is also good to apply moisturizer properly after showering to keep moisture from evaporating from your skin.

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