This post was underwritten by Dove.
Taking a bath seems pretty straightforward. Turn on the water, soap up, scrub, rinse off, and you’re done. Simple enough, right? Well, with the brutal frigid winter air drying out your skin, things can get a bit complicated. One key winter beauty concern is how to keep your skin looking moisturized and beautiful in spite of the harsh weather. The solution starts in the shower:
1. Ease up on the long, hot showers and baths
Scalding hot showers feel absolutely divine when the weather outside is frightful, but they dry out your skin by removing the natural oils already being attacked by the winter air. Opt for a short lukewarm bath. It’s much gentler on you skin and keeps in moisture.
2. Use a moisturizing soap or body wash: Most soaps contain alkalines that dry your skin. Look for fatted products, ie, products with lots of oils to make sure you stay moisturized.
3. Pat your skin dry: Rubbing that towel over your skin may be tempting when your bathroom isn’t filled with glorious steam from your scalding hot shower, and you feel a little chilly after getting out of the water. But rubbing is harsh, and takes away much of the little moisture left after you bathe. Patting your skin locks in moisture, and will keep your skin looking radiant.
4. Oils and butters: Using lotion in the winter is like drinking flavored water when what you really need is a hearty smoothie. Buy skin products like coconut oil, shea and cocoa butter. These usually have thicker, more solid and greasy consistencies and come in tubs rather than bottles. And absolutely stay away from alcohol-based products.