April 04, 2017
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...
PS. For the full hot shower report from How Stuff Works, visit http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/hot-showers-bad.htm
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