Happiness is... ending your day with a relaxing, hot shower. PERIOD!
Imagine getting out of a hot water shower and jumping into your cosy bed on a cold, winter night. Can’t get better than that, right? While we all crave for hot showers in winters, your skin totally disapproves of this. It’s not just the cold weather that makes your skin rough and dry. Add to it, piping hot water! Yes, the condition of your skin only worsens when you decide to go for a hot shower. Hot water causes redness, itching, peeling, inflammation and robs your skin of natural oils, fats and proteins that keep the skin healthy. And that’s not all! Dry skin can actually lead to overproduction of oils in order to compensate for the lack of moisture.
The low temperatures take a serious toll on the health of your skin by making it dry, flaky and chapped. And, therefore, most of us rely on body oils and slather it every night post-shower so that our skin remains soft and moisturised throughout the season. But, do you know what could work better? Applying a body oil before you go in for a shower. This hack is sure to sort your winter skincare woes.
How does body oil help with skin hydration?
Body oil creates a barrier between your skin and the hot water, preventing your skin from drying out faster. Oils contain occlusive agents that increase the skin's hydration levels by providing a physical barrier to prevent it from losing any moisture. It is, therefore, ideal to first slather oil all over your body and then go for a shower. However, there’s a safety precaution you must follow! Oil can make you slip in the bathroom. So, make sure you use a bath mat when you go for a shower!