Hot water and winter weather is a guaranteed recipe for dryness. Here's how to cheat the season.More
If you've ever stepped out of a relaxing, hot shower and instantly felt your skin tighten, you should probably start turning the heat down a couple notches. "Extremes of water temperature will cause the skin to dry out," says dermatologist Amy Wechsler. While taking a steamy shower in the summer is usually harmless, Wechsler says, in the arid winter months, the fluctuation between hot and cold sucks the moisture right of your skin as your body tries to recalibrate. It also dries out your scalp, which will wreak havoc on your hair.
She advises keeping showers under 100 degrees. Great news: that's just hot enough to stay cozy and warm. If you want to make things easier, a shower-head thermometer won't break your budget. And this probably goes without saying, but if your water turns your skin red, it's definitely too hot.
If you simply can't resist the steamy cocoon of your shower, cutting down your time in there can reduce skin irritation. According to Wechsler, your skin starts dehydrating after around 10 minutes. Before you hop in, set a timer on your phone or pull up a short playlist so you don't lose track of time—something we've all been guilty of doing.