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Think Twice Before You Warm up This Winter With a Steaming Hot Shower

Think Twice Before You Warm up This Winter With a Steaming Hot Shower

What could be better on a cold winter’s day than a steaming hot shower? Jumping right from your cold bed into that warm spray is instantly refreshing. It feels great.

However, before you get all excited about a hot shower, consider this: It’s actually not so good for your skin.

Why to Avoid Hot Showers in Winter

How could getting warm when it’s cold be bad? There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with sitting by a roaring fire on a cold day or having a cup of hot chocolate, does there?

When it comes to showering, though, the problem is your skin — or, more accurately, what the hot shower water does to your skin on very cold days.

Hot showers on cold days tend to dry out your skin. The high water temperature tends to dry out your skin anyway. When you add the rapid evaporation after stepping out of the hot shower and into the colder air, though, that drying out happens much quicker.

It may seem that a little dry skin is worth the feeling of basking in the warmth of the water, but we’re not talking about a little dry skin. Regular hot showers in winter can lead to eczema flare ups and serious skin inflammation.

How to Keep Clean in Winter

So, then what should you do? Don’t worry — you don’t have to opt for a cold shower, which is good news for the many of us who are not in the polar bear club. Lukewarm showers of about 15 minutes in length should keep you clean and keep your skin relatively safe from drying out, although you should also become acquainted with a good moisturizer. A quality moisturizer you apply after getting out of the shower and patting yourself down can lock in moisture and help protect you from that inevitable drying out.

If you’re so inclined, you could also opt for a shower every other day or so. While this may not be an option for some, not taking a shower every day can actually be beneficial for your skin — especially when the temperatures plunge.

Protect Your Winter Showers

Even if you’re cutting down on the number of showers this winter, you don’t want to eliminate them entirely. That could bring about a whole host of other problems — especially if you live with other people — but we won’t get into those here. The bottom line is you want to make sure your plumbing is in full working order so you can take the showers you need to when you need them.

In Oneida, N.Y., that means a call to Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida when your shower isn’t cooperating. Whether it’s a problem with temperature, water flow or you’re just concerned about the weird sound your pipes are making, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing, and we’ll quickly send a plumber who is knowledgeable, respectful and understands your plumbing needs — whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.

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