Nothing feels better after a long day than taking a nice, hot, steamy, soothing shower.
Honestly, a hot shower feels so good, it's almost poetic, you know?
The goosebumps you get as soon as the water hits your skin, the pounding of the water drowning out the noise of your racing thoughts.
And yet, as orgasmic as they may feel, hot showers aren't exactly that kind on your skin.
You may like it hot in the shower, but your body's really not a fan of those scalding temperatures.
A hot AF shower can dry out your skin, cause inflammation, redness, itchiness, and even peeling.
All of this can disrupt your skin's balance of moisture, and if that happens, you could be depleting your body of its natural oils, proteins, and fats.
As a result, your skin will try to compensate for what it's losing by producing more oil than is actually necessary.
Plus, if you happen to have psoriasis or eczema, the consequences of a hot shower could be even worse, as the hot temperatures may cause your psoriasis or eczema to flare up unexpectedly.
Alas, it's not just those hot temperatures you have to worry about -- the length of your shower is just as important.
I know, I'm probably ruining your day right now.
If you're like me, you probably enjoy standing beneath the water long after you've washed both your body and your hair, just daydreaming and allowing yourself to space out from the real world for a (literal) hot second.
But, unfortunately, with every minute that passes, standing under that shower head only intensifies the dryness of your skin.
Not to mention, when you add soap into the steamy mix, you're just further stripping away your skin's oil barrier.
If you're unwilling to give up your therapeutic, orgasmic hot showers, I won't judge you, even though your skin might.
At the very least, treat your dry pores afterward to a little bit of added moisture.
Make sure your skin is still damp as you do so, rubbing a soothing lotion, cream, or body butter all over about three to five minutes after exiting the shower.
And, in the future, try to wean yourself off of the scalding temperatures and move toward showering in more lukewarm water -- your skin will thank you for it.
According to Women's Health, a typical shower shouldn't stray above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter how good the higher heat feels.