There's nothing quite like a hot shower at the end of a long day to help your mind and body completely unwind and relax. While that hot water relaxes you from head to toe, your skin might not be so happy. Hot water can do a number on the delicate epidermis, causing it to dry out due to an interruption of the skin's lipid barrier.
Hot Water: Is it Really That Bad?
Hot showers can dry out both your skin and your hair, stripping them of their natural oils. In fact, any temperature that is extreme in heat or cold can have a negative, depleting effect. Taking extra hot showers is putting your skin into a state of stress, notes Science Daily. Opt for showers with warm water instead of piping hot water and limit the time you let the tap run to keep from drying out your skin.
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