You now know that soap can be majorly drying to your skin, but super-hot water exacerbates the effect even more. So as good as it might feel to crank up the water temp, you're actually better off sticking with lukewarm H2O.
Use Shampoo on the Right Spots
Many people put the bulk of their shampoo on the general length of their hair, but it's actually a better idea to focus most of it on your scalp, roots, and the nape of your neck. Why? This is where dirt and oils usually collect. It's also a good idea to avoid using too much shampoo on your ends because they're prone to dryness and brittleness.
Skip The Soap
Shocking but true: Soap isn't necessary or helpful when you shower. Suds can actually strip skin of its essential oils, leaving it tight, dry, and itchy. The smarter move: Use a soap-free body wash like Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash ($20, sebamedusa.com). A body wash like this is water-based instead of oil-based to maintain the slightly acidic pH of 5.5—so it'll cleanse skin without drying it out.
Moisturize Immediately Afterward
As soon as you step out, pat the skin dry—as opposed to rubbing it with a towel, which can be irritating. Then apply a lotion to lock moisture into skin and protect the epidermal barrier.