'Do not have a long bath!' Doctor's health warning – the 'maximum' time to spend bathing

The winter months are bleak at the best of times but if you have a skin condition, the cold season can prove particularly burdensome. Cold winter air can wreak havoc on the skin, aggravating skin problems such as psoriasis – a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. You may be tempted to have a long hot bath to remedy your skin woes but think again.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, Doctor George Moncrieff said this inviting practice can actually prove counterintuitive.

He was responding to Phillip Schofield’s inquiry: “You would think having a long bath would be the right thing to do but that’s actually not right?”

Doctor Moncrieff responded: “A ten-minute bath that’s not too hot does hydrate the skin very nicely but if you are in the water for too long you start to remove the body’s natural oils.

As he explained, the skin needs oil on the surface to prevent water from evaporating.


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