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Why the Skin Feels Tight and Itchy After the Shower

Why the Skin Feels Tight and Itchy After the Shower

Irritated Skin

Why does the skin feel itchy after the shower?

These symptoms are most commonly indicative that the skin is dry. Dryness can cause the skin to tighten which creates an itchy sensation. 

Smooth Skin

What causes this dryness?

Dry skin post-shower could result from a combination of factors. See the most common factors below: 

1. Harsh cleansers

Harsh cleansers tend to strip the skin of its natural oils that keep it supple and hydrated. When these oils are stripped away, the skin tightens and can become very uncomfortable, dry and itchy. Ingredients that tend to have this adverse effect include: 1) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS; 2) Propylene Glycol; 3) Cocamidopropyl Betaine; and 4) Alcohol.  

2. Hot Water

Avoid overly hot showers and/or baths. Hot showers dissolves your natural oils and sucks the moisture out of the top layer, leaving the skin dry, dehydrated and itchy. In addition, hot water spikes the body's inflammatory response by boosting mast cell levels. Mast cells are responsible for the swelling and itching one may experience after a mosquito bite; indeed they release histamine. When the body over heats in the shower, mast cells levels spike which leads to increased histamine and inevitable itching.

3. Showering Too Frequently 

Too many showers per week worsen dryness and skin irritation. Just as showering removes dirt and bacteria from the skin it also removes healthy oil and bacteria. Bathing too often strips your skin and leaves it vulnerable to dryness and cracking. 

Solution

Happy and Hydrated Skin

1. Use gentle shower cleansers

Gentle shower cleansers with natural ingredients can go a long way for the skin. When choosing a shower cleanser, look for ingredients such as:

1) Aloe Vera - a fantastic source of antioxidants and vitamins that help protect the skin.
2) Jojoba Oil - known for its soothing properties and waxy consistency that coats the top layer of the skin in order to retain the moisture and prevent the skin from drying out.
3) Glycerin - a moisturizing compound that prevents skin irritations such as dry, scaly, itchy skin. 

2. Moisturize your skin in the shower

Incorporating products into your shower-routine that will soothe and hydrate your skin is game changing! Our ultra-hydrating sugar scrubs will give your skin an irresistibly smooth look and feel. The star ingredient responsible for this baby-smooth effect is Jojoba Oil. This ingredient is known for its soothing properties and calming sensation that temporarily relieves irritation and discomfort - especially dryness. Jojoba oil comes in the form of a wax that coats the top layer of the skin in order to retain the moisture and prevent the skin from drying out.  Investing in products that are designed to moisturize and nourish the skin is key to preventing that itchy and irritating feeling after the shower.

3. Moisturize your skin right after the shower

The skin is most absorbent within 2 minutes of stepping out of the shower so take advantage of this window!  Using ultra-hydrating creams and oils while the skin is still slightly damp can help lock in moisture. We recommend applying your hydrating treatment oils, Tush cream and all-over body moisturizers right after patting the skin dry with your towel. This will soothe the skin and get rid of the itchy and tight feeling you may experience. 

4. Shower in luke warm/cold water

Cold water boosts blood circulation. The blood carries the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed by the body to function normally. It follows that when one showers using cold water (even luke warm water), the blood flows more effectively and in turn will completely nourish your skin cells and maintain hydration in the skin.

5. Shower less OR limit the amount of time you spend in the shower

Showering less frequently/ for less time can preserve your natural protective oils that keep your skin healthy and hydrated. In fact, many dermatologists recommend showering at least every other day or 2-3 times a week. If you’re one to workout or do things in your day that require a shower try to keep your showers as short as possible (we recommend showering for 3-4 minutes)

Nourished Skin

Overall it's important to minimize the frequency by which you take showers, limit the length of the shower and/or reduce the temperature of shower. It follows that when you do shower, remember to utilize this time with quality products that will keep your skin clean, hydrated and nourished for days.