March 4, 2004

Winter Shower Paradox

POST #    808

I have two problems with the winter shower. In the winter, I like to take longer showers in warm/hot water because it's cold. This dries my skin out. In the winter, I like to hit the snooze button more because it's darker out. This leaves me with less time to get ready for work.

To solve the hot water and drying problem, I know I should moisturize. But in order to solve that, I need to get up earlier. Herein lies the problem. How can I moisturize if I have less time in the morning to do so? And even if I had the time to moisturize, how am I supposed to get my back? It's not like I can fold myself into a pretzel or anything. I can kind of get to my back, but it's really difficult. I did find that one shoulder is more supple than the other though.

This was what I was thinking about as I took a warm shower this morning in semi-springlike conditions. I'm also convinced that it will snow one more time this year and be cold for at least one more week.

Posted by tien mao in Random at 8:52 AM



i am aware that this is not really a paradox. i just wanted to use the word and was thinking of gregg easterbrook's the progress paradox.

Posted by: tien at March 4, 2004 8:55 AM

I'm familiar with that problem (although I don't take long, hot showers, even in the winter). But the air is really dry in Michigan in the winter, which translates into very dry skin. To make this worse, I swim a couple times a week and the chlorine really dries out skin too. This year I bought a humidifier, and it seems to help. I also use moisturizer after I shower, and yes reaching my back is tough! The worst is really dry, itchy skin - I hate that.

Posted by: Justin at March 4, 2004 9:14 AM

Kiehls, baby. Kiehls. Try some of their anti-dry skin products.

Your back gets itchy? Maybe you need to do what my office-mate does on occasion-- stands in the doorway and rubs his back against the frame...

Posted by: corie at March 4, 2004 9:22 AM

[as i scratch my back]
everyone should be aware that justin avoids anything warm at all costs. except maybe when sick.

corie, it's more about not having the time to moisturize. i do every now and then, and it's great, but not nearly as much as i should. but that door thing sounds like a great idea.

Posted by: tien at March 4, 2004 9:26 AM

why not just carry moisturizer with you? that way you can slap some on when you need it.

Posted by: corie at March 4, 2004 9:35 AM

some things just shouldn't be written about -- you moisturizing is one of them.

Posted by: JK at March 4, 2004 9:38 AM

"oh, what? you need me to call him? can it wait? i need to moisturize." as i take off my shirt while sitting at my desk and then struggle to reach my back. i give up, slap some moisturizer on the chair and then say, "oh yeah...moisturize you dirty chair!"

Posted by: tien at March 4, 2004 9:40 AM

unfortunately, my solution to the winter shower paradox is to be even later to work than usual.

Posted by: el at March 4, 2004 10:34 AM

my guess is most guys have their boyfriends apply moisturizer to their backs.

Posted by: dan at March 4, 2004 10:45 AM

i return to the bear/tree trunk strategy...

Posted by: corie at March 4, 2004 11:09 AM

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