The cooler months beg for coziness, but if your idea of a winter treat is slipping into a hot bath (or shower), you're committing a deadly skin sin that not only strips away oils but can cause flare-ups for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema and even acne thanks to the skin producing more sebum to combat dryness.
Here are a few tips:
1. Though it may not be as relaxing, keep temperatures warm, not hot, and limit your soak time to 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Adding salts or oatmeal to a bath can be helpful and use of non-foaming soaps can also help maintain skin hydration.
3. Pat skin dry with a towel and slather on a moisturizing cream while pores are still open (this will help lotions penetrate deeper into the skin).
4. Definitely don't skip those baths or showers, as studies have shown that they do help with dry skin conditions!