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Posted on: December 8, 2015

The outermost layer of the skin, epidermis, contains dead keratin cells that soak up water and swells after prolonged exposure to water. Wrinkles begin to occur when the dead keratin cells take over the area and take space away from the living cells, and the wrinkles serve as a temporary place for the stretched skin to reside. These wrinkles typically only occur on the hands and feet because the skin on these body parts are used more. This use causes a thicker layer of keratin than on the rest of the body, so wrinkling happens more quickly.   In order to make sure wrinkly skin from water stays temporary,protect your skin while bathing by closing the bathroom door to trap humidity and by limiting bath time to no more than 10 minutes. Instead of using scathing hot water, opt for warm water to protect the epidermis. Use a cleanser that will not irritate the skin, and completely wash off dirt and oil without working up a very thick lather.   You can further protect your skin against the affects of water by properly drying off the body. Blot the skin instead of roughly rubbing a towel over the skin. Next, apply moisturize immediately to seal moisture into the skin. Creams and ointments are more effective than lotions and they are also less irritating. You can also opt for raw shea butter or olive oil if the skin is especially sensitive or you do not wish to wear any scented moisturizers. Make sure to stay away from any skin care products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, alcohol, retinoids or fragrance if you have sensitive or dry skin.   Another skin care routine that is often overlooked is to avoid irritating laundry detergents and clothes that may adversely affect your skin. Opt for hypoallergenic laundry detergent and wear clothes that are easy on the skin such as cotton or silk. If wearing a clothing item that may chafe the skin is unavoidable, wear softer materials under the outfit to protect the skin.

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