1. IDEAL TEMPERATURE
If too hot, water tends to dry the skin and make itching worse. If too cold, it can spoil this special time for parents and children. A temperature between 32 and 34 degrees is ideal for maintaining cutaneous balance.
2. THE RIGHT TIMING
Try to limit the time spent in the bath to around 10 minutes.
3. SOFTER WATER
The harder your water, the greater the risk of causing new outbreaks of itching. If necessary, add several drops of a cleansing oil to the water to soften it and bring comfort to the skin.
4. SUITABLE CLEANSERS
Soap is the enemy of atopic skin. This is because its high pH irritates the epidermis. Consequently, it alters the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin against external stress. Opt instead for an extra-moisturizing, soap-free gel or cream that gently cleanses the skin, preserving the cutaneous barrier and considerably reducing sensations of tightness.
5. USE YOUR FINGERTIPS
Washcloths can irritate the skin and can also carry germs. For more gentle cleansing, work the cleanser into a lather on your skin using your fingertips to minimize friction, before rinsing thoroughly.
6. TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN DRYING
Try to avoid rubbing when drying. Start by patting the most irritated areas with a clean towel or paper tissues. Take care not to leave any wet areas, which could also weaken the epidermis.
7. A BALM TO PREVENT ITCHING
Moisturize with a lipid-replenishing balm when the skin is still damp to optimize the efficacy. Apply the balm by lightly massaging into irritated areas.
Good to know: what about swimming?
Swimming in pools or the sea is not contraindicated for those with atopic skin, providing that they rinse thoroughly after getting out of the water. Also, remember to soothe and rehydrate the skin with a spritz of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.