I haven’t been a fan of my dry sensitive skin for quite a few years. It wasn’t that long ago that I thought I was suffering from cystic acne on my neck, only to find out from a nurse that it was an allergic reaction to the laundry detergent and fabric softener I was using. I’m very cautious about the chemicals I put on my skin, but I had no idea that my skin problems could also be caused by taking showers that are much too long!
If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin in the winter, or like myself, all year long, you’ll definitely want to check out my interview with beauty and fashion expert, Rebekah George. Rebekah was kind enough to join me this week to discuss why taking long showers is so bad for our skin (and how to time your showers effectively), how to moisturize properly, the secret to getting a fresh dewy look this winter, how clothing can affect our skin, the importance of using a humidifier and much more!
Candace Rose: Why should we avoid taking long showers?
Rebekah George: “Well, long showers, they may be tempting, they feel so good…but they’re going to dry out your skin and strip your natural skin’s moisture barrier. You want to keep your showers short (about five minutes) and the water temperature tepid.
There are two things you can do to stay on track – look for a timer. Set it on a vanity, that will get you in and out of your shower in time, and also look for a shower that has a built-in digital thermometer so you can gage the temperature of your water.
As soon as you get out of the shower that’s time to apply your lotion. Now, I hear so many women tell me ‘I apply my lotion when I get out of the shower, but it doesn’t seem to be working’. The reason is, we all have dead cells that live on top of our skin’s surface. Unless you slough them off, your lotion is not going to work. You can do that with a loofah or a scrub, but they tend to be very irritating and aggressive and sometimes you just forget to use one. Well, this is a great product, it’s breakthrough from Curel, it’s the Curel Rough Skin Rescue smoothing lotion. This is the first we’ve seen this. It’s a built-in exfoliator, it contains alpha hydroxy acid which will help eat away at those dead surface cells on your skin, so its moisturizers can better penetrate deep into your skin. It’s derm tested, it’s fragrance free, so you know if you have the most sensitive skin, it’s going to work for you.”
Candace Rose: Can the clothes that we wear affect our skin?
Rebekah George: “They really can! Surprisingly if you choose fabrics like wool, they may keep you warm but they’re very irritating. They’re itchy, they’re going to feel scratchy on your skin. Look for breathable fabrics. Fabrics that are breathable are going to feel better on your skin, are going to help your skin stay nice and hydrated and irritant free. These are great options from RD-Style! Also when it comes to washing your clothes, look for a detergent free of fragrances, dyes, words like free and clear or all clear on the label will help you find one. Washing will help make a big difference on how your clothes feel on your skin.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any makeup tips your can share with us?
Rebekah George: “Now is a good time to swap out products in your makeup bag. Look for things that are better for the winter. One example is swap your powder foundation because that’s only going to make your skin look and feel drier. Instead look for a liquid kind. Liquids are much more hydrating on your skin. They also help to give you that nice dewy look we all need and crave, especially as we get into the winter months.
Finally, everyone should have a humidifier in their bedroom. That really helps to pump moisture into the air and when you sleep, your skin will get that benefit, so when you wake up your skin looks better, it feels better.
Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. We need at least 8 eight ounce glasses a day.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you for the great tips, Rebekah. Where can we go for more information?
Rebekah George: “You can check out InTheNews.tv.”