5 Experiential Bath Tips for Dry Skin
1. Shower First, Then Soak
Take a shower first and get totally clean. Then, to improve skin moisture, draw a moisturizing bath and soak in it for 15-30 minutes. It’s OK to re-up the hot water during a long soak.
2. Warm, Not Hot Baths
Do not draw a scalding-hot bath. If your skin drastically changes color, the bath is too hot. Heat draws moisture out of the skin and can ultimately dry out the person bathing instead of providing moisture.
To get the most moisturizing effect from a regular bath, it helps to drink a glass of water before and after the bath. If you’re inclined, a cool glass of water during the bath is refreshing as well.
When you step out of the bath, gently pat yourself dry and towel-wrap long hair. Do not scrub-away the bath additives that stick to your skin, this is part of their benefit. Let yourself or your child air-dry if possible by laying a towel on a chair or bed.
4. Pat Yourself Dry, Don’t Scrub
5. Apply Moisturizer Immediately After
Finally, if you took a non-oily bath, it can be beneficial to lotion afterward. A quick bath, or even a bath with soap, can be made better for your skin with immediate lotioning. That will trap the moisture of the bath before it escapes through heat, and improve overall skin health.