Showering with dry skin can be a downright struggle. Sure, in the moment the warm water feels great, but the next thing you know you’re stepping onto the bathmat with tight, uncomfortable, itchy-feeling skin.
While you may not be able to choose your skin type, you can always choose to revamp your shower routine - and if you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place! This blog is here to give you all the top showering tips and tricks to nourish your dry skin, so you can learn to lather with love!
1. Turn Down the Heat
While there’s nothing quite like a steaming hot shower to wash your cares away, turning the heat too high can be harmful for those with dry skin. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, hot showers can disrupt the skin’s natural balance of moisture, stripping you of natural oils, fats, and proteins needed to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
But this one is an easy fix, just turn the heat down a little! To protect skin and avoid unnecessary dryness, try keeping a consistent, warm temperature during your showers.
Wondering if your shower is too hot? Check the mirror - if it's all fogged up, it could be time to turn down the heat!
2. Keep it Short and Sweet
The length of your shower can also impact your skin’s dryness. Similar to the effects of high temperatures, excessively lengthy showers can strip away your skin's natural moisture barrier. The longer you shower, the more natural oils you wash away, leaving your post-shower skin feeling dry, flaky, and tight.
Try limiting your shower time to 10 to 15 minutes and try to only shower once per day to keep dryness at bay. If possible, it can also help to skip a day between showers to help your skin replenish its natural moisture barrier.
3. Wash with a Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleanser
Just like with your face, certain ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid can be drying to the skin. Instead, look for products with ultra-hydrating ingredients, designed to nourish and moisturize skin, like our Dandy gentle hydro-rich shower gel. Dandy is a gentle, unscented body wash designed to cleanse your body without causing irritation and dryness.
Dandy is packed with hydration heroes like aloe vera, coconut oil, and argan oil, along with powerful anti-inflammatories like burdock root extract, dandelion extract, and argan oil. Packed with nourishing properties, Dandy’s ingredients won’t strip your skin of natural oils, leaving you feeling soft, hydrated and rejuvenated after every shower!
4. Practice Safe Shaving
Shaving with dry, sensitive skin is no easy task! Shaving scrapes away oil from the skin, so it's important to always lubricate the area you’re shaving with shaving cream, body wash, or some other source of moisture. Washing your skin with a gentle body wash before shaving can also help to soften the skin and hair before you shave.
Always remember to shave slowly and carefully, making sure to regularly clean and replace the blade of your razor to ensure it doesn’t become too worn or rusty.
5. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Once you’ve finished drying off, it's important to make sure your skin receives that extra level of nourishment. Slather on your favorite lightweight moisturizer - like our Rosa ultra-hydrating daily moisturizer - and your skin will feel instantly soothed.
It’s important to apply moisturizer right after you shower and dry off because it acts as an artificial barrier, helping to prevent water loss and keeping out harmful agents like bacteria, viruses, and irritants.
Showering is a huge part of the skin care process! That’s why it's important to know which practices to avoid and which ones to embrace, to keep your skin soft, shining, and soothed after every wash!
SourcesMedical News Today: How Often Should You Shower? Seasons, Ages, and More | American Academy of Dermatology: Dermatologists' Top Tips for Relieving Dry Skin | Verywell Health: How to Prevent Dry Skin After a Shower | Healthgrades: 7 Dry Skin Shower Survival Tips | UPMC Health Beat: Is a Hot Shower Bad for Your Skin?