Replenishing Oils after a Hot Shower

April 04, 2017

Replenishing Oils after a Hot Shower

Here’s some food for thought: long, hot showers are bad for your skin. And, unless you are a highly unusual individual, this is probably not welcome news – after all – who likes cold showers!?

Wondering how this can possibly be? Well, to begin with, we need to understand how skin functions. The best explanation I have found comes from How Stuff Works, and instead of rehashing it, it is just easier to paste it here…

“While your skin is made of three layers including the subcutis and the dermis, hot showers affect the outermost layer, the epidermis. The epidermis is mostly composed of skin cells loaded with keratin, the same substance that makes up your hair and nails. These cells, called keratinocytes, not only provide a tough defense against the environment but also help your skin to retain moisture. To help keratinocytes retain the skin’s moisture, your body produces a thin layer of oil. Together, the outermost layer of skin cells and oil comprise the stratum corneum, and it’s this layer that takes a beating during a hot shower.”

There's been a rumour going round that oily skin is a bad thing and should be prevented at all costs, which almost makes the removal of the oily stratum corneum seem like a good thing. To be fair, it isn’t entirely bad, this barrier traps dirt and sweat too. But, it also prevents moisture escaping, so the removal of it can lead to dry and itchy skin. When you step into a steaming hot shower, the skin’s oils soften, and the longer you’re in there, the more moisture you’ll lose. Don’t believe me? Have you ever stepped out of the shower and felt like your skin is tight and dry? That’s because your stratum corneum has suffered.

Right. That’s enough bad news for now. Wonderfully, natural ingredients can lend a helping hand when it comes to replenishing skin’s oils. And we’ve got a range of products packed full of these skin savers. Here’s how to create a shower that is pleasant and still nourishing to skin... 

  1. First of all, set the shower to warm and don’t stay in for too long. As noted above, the longer the shower, the softer the stratum corneum and the more moisture escapes.

  2. Grab a Nathalie Bond Organics Soap Block or Liquid Soap for body/face/hair washing. Both of these blends include coconut oil, which has a light molecular weight and literally provides skin-deep moisturisation. So even whilst washing in a hot shower, this natural remedy is adding moisture back into skin.

  3. Instead of waiting for dirt and sweat to slowly melt off your body along with your rather important stratum corneum, exfoliate with a Nathalie Bond Organics Body Scrub. The Dead Sea salts dust off dead skin cells, whilst the coconut oil, jojoba oil, apricot seed oil and essential oils apply some additional nourishment to skin. Plus, the body scrub scents match the liquid soap scents, so you can pair products up.

  4. After showering, replenish oils with a splash of Nathalie Bond Organics Body Oil. The essential oil fragrances include lavender and rose geranium too, helping you to smell super sweet all day long.

Happy showering!

PS. For the full hot shower report from How Stuff Works, visit

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