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Why does showering dry out skin?

Showers are refreshing, but they can be hard on skin, says dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton. Watch this video to find out why, plus the simple step you can take to counteract the drying effects of a shower.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Showering dries skin by rinsing away the natural oils and lipids produced in the skin to maintain moisture. Skin cells (likened to bricks) that form a protective barrier for the rest of the skin are held together by mortar-like fatty lipids. Without that mortar, the skin's protective barrier is breached and moisture is lost.

 

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