There are many ways to make your skin care routine more effective, while being less work. “This isn’t a daily staple, but it’s a hack I’ve started doing recently and I’ve found it to be a game changer for my dry skin: Hydrate your skin while you’re still in the shower,” she says, noting that she often brings in a hydrating serum or oil into the shower with her. “Then after I wash my face, I put on that hydrating layer, especially if I’m going to be in the shower for a while to shave my legs for example. Or you can use something like a sheet mask—the steam will make it feel amazing.”
And while this trick may not magically turn back the clock overnight, it can certainly help keep your skin moisturized, soft, and plush post-shower. It can be particularly useful for those with sensitive or dry skin that reacts to hot water. (This is you if you experience flushing, itching, or inflamed skin post shower.) Plus, “dry skin can cause premature skin aging and damage—it’s really important that you keep your skin moisturized,” she says.