The temperature is slowly dropping here in Detroit. And with cooler weather comes dryer skin. But, did you know the type of soap, and how you use it, could affect your skin? Avoid dry, itchy, and irritated skin spoiling your holiday fun by considering a couple basic do's and don'ts:
Do read the label:
Choosing the right soap is key. Harsh soaps that will strip your skin of its natural moisture should be especially avoided during cooler months. What are examples of harsh soaps? Unfortunately, they are usually the ones that are tempting to buy due to colorful packaging and a great fragrance. These include Irish Spring, Lever 2000, and Dial. Gentle soaps like Dove, Olay, Cetaphil, and Aveeno are much less drying. Dry skin types should really stick with gentle soaps year round.
Do moisturize, even after "moisturizing" soaps:
Even if the soap label claims to moisturize, this isn't an excuse to skip application of a lotion, cream, or ointment. Moisturize after every shower or bath no matter what soap you use.
Don't over lather:
We are all naturally inclined to lather from head-to-toe repeatedly until squeaky clean. But, it's not necessary. Soaps are best used by applying it to body areas that trap moisture and are prone to unpleasant odors, such as the skin folds. Lather as much as you like behind the ears, under the arms, in the groin/buttocks, and in between toes. Then, allow water to rinse soap away from these areas and onto the neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet.
Don't use soap for shaving:
Certainly, when you have nothing else, using soap is better than a dry shave. But, shaving gels are much more appropriate. Otherwise, the skin will become irritated and prone to "razor bumps"/folliculitis. My favorite shaving gel at the moment is Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel, Fragrance Free.
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