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Bath Time Routine: Avoiding Dry Skin

Did you know that bathing can worsen dry skin?
 

It sounds funny, considering you are immersing yourself or your child in a tub filled with water, but it's true. While removing the build up of dirt, germs and grime is ideal, removing your body's natural oils isn't so good. Your skin needs some oil to keep it moisturised. Too much bathing can cause your skin to dry, crack and peel.

Prevent baths from causing dry skin or making dry skin worse with these 6 top tips:

1. Close the bathroom door. This will keep as much moisture in the air as possible and help contain the moisture in the skin.

2. Limit bath time to 5 or 10 minutes. If the skin starts to prune, you've been in too long.

3. Use warm rather than hot water. Especially on the kids. As tempting as it is to immerse yourself in a scorching hot bath after a long day at the office, don't do it! Your skin will thank you.

4. Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Harsh soaps that are heavily scented will almost certainly worsen your dry skin.

5. Blot your skin gently dry with a towel. They key is to keep as much of the moisture in the skin as possible, so don't rub it all off with the towel!

6. Slather on the moisturiser immediately after drying your skin. Ointments, creams, and lotions work by trapping existing moisture in your skin, so the sooner the better.

This article has been sponsored by Oilatum. Oilatum is clinically proven to significantly reduce itching for up to eight hours. Perfect for babies who need long-lasting relief from dry, itchy and eczema-prone skin.

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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