It may seem like there’s not much thought that needs to go into showering. Water + soap = clean, right? True, but there’s actually more to it than that. The way you shower could have a significant effect on the health of your skin. You could be doing everything right with your skin care choices outside of the shower and not even know that your basic bathing routine is having a negative effect on your face and body.
Stop sabotaging your skin care efforts on the daily by following these helpful tips on the best way to shower for healthy skin.
A hot shower feels great to many, but too-hot water can really dry out your skin no matter the season. Very hot H2O strips the skin of its natural oils and lipids, which protect the skin and keep it hydrated. Warm water is best for a shower to be comfortable without drying out your skin.
Length of the Shower
Just like the water temperature, the length of your shower counts, too. Are we ruining your shower experience yet? Sorry! Stick with 5- to 10-minute showers on most days. While it may seem counterintuitive, water—whether in the shower or in the pool—dehydrates skin.
Soap or Body Wash
Many people get fixed on a particular brand or scent of soap or body wash that they like. What’s important for your skin, though, is to consciously choose a product that doesn’t have harsh chemicals and detergents that can dry it out. Look for gentle products free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic fragrance. Switch up your go-to soap if needed.
Also good to know: Exfoliate one to three times per week to rid skin of dead cells and encourage new cell growth. Don’t use a scrub or loofah every day, though, as exfoliating too often can damage the skin’s protective barrier.
Washing Your Face
Make cleansing your face the last thing you do before you get out of a shower. Your pores will be open from the warmth of the water after a few minute in the shower. The cleanser will work more efficiently to remove grime and sebum.
Don’t wait too long to apply moisturizer after bathing. Towel dry (pat, don’t rub) while your skin is still a little damp and follow immediately by applying a moisturizer. It should be the very first thing you do after drying off after your shower or bath.
Watch this video about KARIBO CBD Infused Hand & Body Lotion to learn about how it nourishes post-shower skin:
The Best Moisturizer
The quality of the moisturizer counts for a lot, too. Select one that incorporates tried-and-true hydrating ingredients like ceramides or hyaluronic acid, which aid in locking in the moisture. KARIBO CBD Infused Facial Moisturizer happens to include both. This lightweight ceramide facial moisturizer is infused with aloe, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to deliver intense, all-day hydration for all skin types.
Ceramides are classified as “lipids,” which are fats that help the skin retain moisture by forming a barrier on top of the skin. By creating this barrier, they also aid in shielding the skin from free radicals such as pollution and other environmental aggressors that can irritate and dry out skin as you go about your day.
As for a body moisturizer that is great for summertime and beyond, try KARIBO CBD Infused Moisturizing Cream. It also incorporates ceramides as well as aloe vera. Aloe is known for its soothing, deeply moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
Armed with the above tips, you’ll be a pro at taking a shower for healthy skin.