Importance of Bathing Temperature
I think we all can agree our daily cleansing is probably the most relaxing part of our days. Whether you take a shower or soak in a full bathtub not only are you washing off built-up bacteria but your also resetting yourself. Typically we all love the feeling of warm water kissing our skin after a long tiring day or early in the morning before a busy day. But let's talk about the different levels of water temperature. In my opinion, there are four levels of water temperature; hot, warm, lukewarm, and cold.
Generally, individuals unconsciously bathe with hot water, not knowing it can be harmful to your skin. Those individuals with eczema and dry or sensitive skin can can dry out their skin with the use of scalding water, leaving it more irritated and thirsty for moisture. Why does hot water dry out the skin? Moisture is lost because the hotter the water, the more of the skin's oils are stripped or removed from the skin. Our skin produces natural oils to keep skin soft, supple, and pliable and when the skin lacks these oils it becomes dry. Soaking in hot water also can increase the skin's irritability, causing itchiness and inflammation.
You might be asking; how hot is too hot for my skin? Or is there a way I can still take the hot showers I know and love without the risk of damaging my skin? Please note the ideal temperature for bathing is warm, not as in the lukewarm used for babies or children. Warm water can leave your skin moist longer. You can tell your water is too hot if your skin becomes pink or red. That's a huge indicator that you need to decrease your water temperature. Also, keep in mind anything done in excess can be bad. So if you like your showers hot hot, try turning down the water temperature a smudge or don't stay in too long. One of my favorite tricks is to immediately moisturize while your pores are open.
Now I'm not saying bathing using hot water doesn't have its benefits. Hot water relaxes the body, helps increase blood circulation, relieves muscle tension, and is great for reducing ingrown hair or boils. When cleansing, keep in mind of your skin type and skin needs while also remembering that everyone's skin is different.