| Ever wonder if you have to put on lotion after every shower? We did too, so we turned to an expert to find out. Want to know the answer? Keep reading!|
At the end of a long, hectic day, there are few things I look forward to more than a nice, warm shower or bath. As relaxing as it is, though, it’s always bittersweet. As soon as the water shuts off, relaxation mode comes to an abrupt halt as I stand naked and freezing cold in my bathroom. Truth be told, I’m always tempted to lunge towards my towel, dry off quickly, and throw on some clothes in lightning speed. But I know better than to get dressed without first layering on some lotion from head to toe!
As for whether or not moisturizing after a shower is really necessary, the answer is absolutely yes here’s why: Your skin has the most moisture when it’s wet and most moisturizers work best when skin is already hydrated. After your shower, water evaporates off your skin quickly which can leave your skin feeling dry. Not only is dry skin aesthetically unpleasing, it can become itchy and incredibly uncomfortable. Not to mention, dry skin can exacerbate the look of tell-tale signs of aging skin, including wrinkles and fine lines.
No thanks! The best way to keep those unwanted side effects at bay is to moisturize often, like really really often. That’s why it’s best to apply lotion immediately after a shower while skin is still slightly damp. In other words, brave those inevitable goose bumps, pat (never rub!) yourself until your skin is slightly damp, and reach for the body lotion—body butter or your favorite cream—before reaching for those clothes.