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Dermatologist reveals the common mistakes made when taking a bath

A dermatologist has revealed the common mistakes people make when taking a bath. 

Certified dermatologist Stacy Chimento MD said it’s important to ensure the water isn’t too hot, to never shave prior to having a bath and to limit the soak time to a maximum of 15 minutes. 

These basic tactics should be implemented in order to avoid damaging your skin or cause irritation to occur.

First and foremost, it’s important to ensure the water is lukewarm as hot water can lead to skin irritation or dehydration.

‘If the water is too hot, the outer layer begins to break down, allowing the entry of bacteria and toxins and drawing out moisture,’ Dr Chimento told Well+Good.

According to an optimum temperature for adults is 42 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius for infants, toddlers or children.

Rather than taking hour-long baths, keep a soaking to a maximum of 15 minutes every time. 

‘Anything longer than that will begin to strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to inflammation and irritation,’ Dr Chimento said.

When the water starts to cool is a good indication of when it’s time to hop out of the bath, or alternatively a timer can be set on your phone.

Another error many often make is shaving prior to having a bath, which should be avoided.

Dr Chimento said this is because shaving opens the pores on the skin, and taking a bath directly after can allow bacteria and germs to reach these areas.

For this reason, shaving should be left to do in the shower or done after having a bath.

Although essential oils smell amazing and can help the body relax when taking a bath, they are not beneficial for the skin as they don’t dilute in the water.

As a substitute, mix a few drops of the essential oil into a cup of oatmeal, then placing this mixture into the bath water.

According to Healthline, oatmeal baths are a ‘make-at-home remedy’ anyone can use to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as eczema.

Using oatmeal can be moisturising, soothing and inflammation-relieving for the skin.

Since a long soak in the bath can lead to dryness or skin irritation, it’s essential to moisturise afterwards. 

This will make sure the surface of the skin is hydrated, plump and rich of moisture.

If each tactic is followed every time, the skin will remain healthy and the natural oils embedded in the skin won’t be removed.

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