Taking a long, hot bath when temperatures are low can be a well-deserved treat. However, if you have a skin condition - such as psoriasis - soaking in the tub can actually wreak havoc on your skin.
Totally taking away from that relaxed vibe, the temperature of your beth can cause red, flaky and crusty patches - reports The Express.Meaning a steamy soak may not be all you expect it to be if you spend longer than ten minutes in the tub.
Speaking on ITV's This Morning, Doctor George Moncrieff explained the 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.The doc advised five to ten minutes "maximum" in the bath.The temperature of your bath could also prove risky."If you have a hot bath you are melting that [oil] off as well," warned Doctor Moncrieff.The duration of bathing is not the only important factor.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk