Are you in Hot Water in the Winter?

February 23, 2012 | posted by Justin Skeesuck

There’s nothing like the feeling of dipping our toes into a nice hot bath when it’s cold outside … but did you know that very hot water is contributing to your skin dehydration?

A few weeks ago, we talked about the differences between dry skin and dehydrated skin.  One of the contributing causes of dehydrated skin is actually too much water, believe it or not.  Our skin is like a sponge that absorbs almost everything it is exposed to, whether it is vapor or a liquid.  It’s important to know that you can cause intense dermatitis with prolonged water contact, because too much water contributes to a disrupted skin barrier.  In other words, a large amount of water breaks down the lipids that binds our cells together, which would degrade the skin the same way strong cleansing agents can (source: P. Begoun, The Complete Beauty Bible, 2004: 215).

So if your skin is dry or dehydrated, it’s best to avoid long, hot showers or soaking in a hot tub for an extended period of time, even during cold winter months.  If your skin is pink after a showering or bathing – chances are your water is way too hot.  Remember, that pink appearance is a sign of inflammation – which is your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong.  Turn the heat down when showering or bathing, and be sure you boost skin hydration with Renewal Body Lotion or Extreme Barrier Cream.