Showering. You do it several times a week, if not every day, but all that soaping, lathering, rinsing, and luxuriating may be doing your skin a serious disservice.
Dermatologists reveal the most common showering mistakes you might not even know you’re making.
1. Using hot water
In the winter, this could appear to be a better option. But, you shouldn’t go overboard with the temperature. Otherwise, your skin will feel it.
Keep in mind that hot water dehydrates your skin. And, this can cause effects like dryness and peeling.
However, the negative effects don’t stop there:
If you shower with water that’s too hot, you run the risk of washing away your skin’s protective oil layer.
This can be harmful. The reason is that it leaves you with out a barrier against bacteria and toxic substances.
Also, it’s capable of exciting your blood flow too much. This can cause prolonged reddening. It can also cause other negative effects like inflammation, blackheads, and skin dryness.
2. Showering for too long
Between the steam, streaming water, and warmth, it’s tempting to spend 15, 20, even 30 minutes in the shower, but many experts say anything more than 10 minutes is too much. You shouldn’t shower for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Shorter is better. Long showers strip your skin of moisture, too.
Take your time, but not longer than you need. Otherwise, it’ll be counterproductive for you.
Like we’ve indicated, you should never take a shower for more than 10 minutes.
As with hot water, showering for too long dries your skin out more. And, it causes problems like blackheads and irritation.
3. Soaping your whole body
Soap is formulated to dissolve dirt and oil, allowing water to wash it away. The skin on arms and legs generally doesn’t have a lot of oil to give up, so cleaning them with soap is like drawing water from a stone—your limbs are left bone dry. Minimize soaping to only the oily and odor-causing parts of your skin such as your face, armpits, buttocks, groin, and feet.
4. Be careful with old sponges
It might seem like something that isn’t important. But, using the same pouf for a long time is a great health risk.
You could say that it’s similar to what happens to tooth brushes when they’re used too long.
You should keep the humidity of the environment in mind. This is because they usually create the perfect conditions for bacterial and fungal growth.
The solution is not using a sponge for more than 4 weeks (maximum).
The most recommendable thing is to use a shower glove or hand towel. But, don’t forget to dry it after each use.
5. Rinse well
We can’t forget that any soap residue that is left on your skin can cause irritation. Because of this, you need to verify that you are completely rinsed off after a shower.
For your hair, keep in mind that it should squeak when you wring it out. This way, you can verify that you’ve completely rinsed off your scalp.
6. Washing your hair daily
How many times a week do you think you should wash your hair? Every day? Every other day? According to trichologists, the technical term for health professionals who specialize in hair and scalp, that’s way too often. Someone with thin, fine or delicate hair should avoid shampooing too frequently—no more than two times a week should help maintain the natural oil production, while achieving moisture balance. And if you have coarse or curly hair, try once every seven days. Coarse texture or natural curly hair takes longer to establish a good amount of natural oils, so shampooing can be pushed back to once a week. A person could refresh the hair/scalp mid-week, if necessary, by simply applying a conditioner and rinsing thoroughly.
7. Showering twice
Showering more than once a day might be something you normally do. This is especially true if you go to the gym or do physical work. But, this isn’t good either.
If you need to take a second shower, try to make it as quick as possible without soap: just try to rinse off any sweat and dirt.
8. Avoid shaving while bathing
Many women who shave do so in the shower. This is because it’s much more comfortable.
However, you should keep in mind that shaving your legs when taking a shower can cause irritation.