Hold that soap
December 22, 2006 8:50pm CST
We are too clean for our good. That's why eczema and dry skin are so common. Doctors explain how hot water- even w/o cleansers -strips natural iols from the outer layers of our skin, altring our body's own very protective barrier to let in irrtants. Hot water liquifies oils so they run away. Add soap and liquid cleansers and it's,madness. Short showers under warm water are all most of us nedd, along with twice weekly shampoos. Reserve soap for washing hands. Its vital we protect our skin particularly in a harsh climate.