Stepping into a steamy shower might feel rejuvenating in the moment, but too-hot water can actually strip your skin. Especially if your skin barrier is compromised already, this can lead to irritation, itchiness, and overall discomfort. Take it from Vargas: “Extreme temperatures of any kind on the skin can throw off its delicate balance,” she says. “This can lead to dry patches and uncomfortably dehydrated skin.”
You might also want to cut your showers short, especially if you’re partial to a scalding spray: “Being mindful of how much time you spend in a bath or shower is another simple solution, as overexposing your skin to water can strip the water from your skin, resulting in more dehydration,” says Idriss.