Showering seems like such a normal everyday event. It’s something you really can’t mess up, right? Wrong! You could be doing things in the shower that are actually doing more harm than good.
Skipping Your Feet
You might think that all the soap that washes down your legs is enough to keep your feet clean and healthy. Unfortunately, that can improve your chances of foot fungus or bacteria. Scrub your feet every time you shower–and don’t forget to dry them thoroughly.
Skimping On Moisture
Showers have a habit of drying out your skin. You can combat that by moisturizing your skin immediately after every shower. This’ll trap in moisture and help avoid dry or irritated patches of skin.
Logging Too Much Time In The Shower
It may seem like a longer shower is better when it comes to cleanliness, but there are other factors to consider. Not only are you using up two gallons of water every minute, but you’re also increasing the chance for dry skin the longer you’re in there. Try to limit your shower to 10 minutes or less.
Taking Super Hot Showers
Speaking of dry skin, the hotter your shower, the dryer your skin will become as a result. If there’s a lot of steam, it’s probably too hot for your skin. Turn down the temp a little.
Leaving Your Loofah In The Shower
When you’re done in the shower, do you just leave your loofah hanging in there? That can actually cause bacteria to grow. Keep it healthy by washing it, wringing out the excess moisture and hanging it in a dry place.
Scrubbing Too Hard
Your delicate skin doesn’t need nearly as much rough scrubbing as you think. Scrubbing can break down your skin barrier and cause eczema and dry skin. Only exfoliate once a week.
Washing Your Hair Every Day
Don’t listen to shampoo ads: You don’t need to wash your hair every day. In fact, it can actually dry out your locks and dull hair color. You can get by washing your hair every other day at most.
Using A Dirty Old Razor
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your razor, you’re in trouble. Razors cause fine micro-tears in skin, especially when they’re dull. Couple that with bacteria that sticks to old, unwashed razors and you’re an infection waiting to happen.
Not Utilizing Cold Water
Do you ignore the cold side of your shower tap? You might want to rethink that. According to SELF, a 30-second blast of cold water at the end of your shower can improve your immune system, increase fat burning and make you happier, among other things.
Skipping A Shower After A Workout
You might think you have no time, but skipping a shower after a particularly sweaty workout is worse than being late. Ignoring the fact that you’re probably a smelly mess, skipping a post-workout shower also lets bacteria grow, leading to fungus or acne problems.