You all must have a lot of bad habits! But have you ever thought that you might be having bad "Shower" habits? Probably not. When it comes to bathing or showering, not many think twice about their habits. "We are showering our body every day, what could be bad in it?" Well, there can be a lot wrong with the way you shower that can harm your delicate skin. Your shower practices can dry out your skin, fan the flames of eczema and strip away natural oils and protective bacteria.
While showering habits should be based on the climate of the place you live in, daily activity, exercise routine, there are good and bad habits to be followed overall. Altering your shower habits may make you feel uncomfortable at first, but you will feel relieved when your skin health and appearance improves. If you want to keep your skin, hair and nails looking healthy, consider changing the way you shower by ditching these harmful habits.
Too Much of Scrubbing
Most people feel that excessive scrubbing will help them get rid of all the dirt present on their body, however, this assumption is completely wrong and really harmful. Strong scrubs and soaps do aid in cleaning the skin well, but if used more than required, they may break down the protective layer of the skin. This can make your skin prone to dry skin or eczema. If you feel your skin is irritated by scrubbing, make it a weekly task instead of doing it regularly.
Not Moisturizing after a Shower
Ask yourself, do you moisturize your skin right after you shower? If you do, then you are out of risk, but if you don't, you need to start right now. If you do not moisturize your skin immediately after showering, you are missing out on a crucial step. Moisturizing right after a shower is important to trap the moisture in the skin. Thus pat your skin dry following shower, and slather moisturizer immediately while your skin is still damp.
Taking Super-Hot Showers
Hot showers are much more comforting and relaxing, but along with these perks come some cons that can be harmful to your skin. Hot water strips oils from the skin faster than warm water. The hotter your water is, the faster the dryness process takes place. Use lukewarm water to keep your skin hydrated and help hair stay strong and shiny.
Using Dirty Old Razor
Most of us have this habit of leaving razors in the bathroom for next use. This may be practical, but making use of the same razor multiple times can be greatly damaging to your skin. If you can not change the blade every day, make sure to not leave the razor unwashed. Always wash your razor before and after using. Razors can cause micro-tears in your skin, especially when they are of poor quality. They may also have bacteria on it, which, coupled with cuts can cause multiple infections.
Not Taking a Shower after Workout
Most people are so tired after workouts, that they skip one of the essential steps following a workout i.e. taking a shower! Heavy workouts lead to excretion of sweat from the skin and not showering after a workout can be very, very unhealthy and harmful for the skin. Skipping post-workout shower can lead to the growth of bacteria, leaving you prone to breakouts.
Taking too Long Shower
We have seen people mocking others for spending way too less time in the showers! Well, they are doing it right. The longer you spend in the shower, the dryer your skin will be. Spending a lot of time in the shower does not mean you will be cleaner. This practice of yours will only harm your skin and will leave it cracked and dry. A shower should be 10 minutes long. You might feel like having a long shower after a tedious day at work, but you need to understand that it is not good for your skin. So, cut down on your shower time to have a healthy and smooth skin.
Drying your skin too rough with the towel
You all must know that our skin is really delicate and it needs to be handled gently. But some people ignore this fact while other mishandle it unintentionally. One way in which you might be mistreating your skin is by drying it with a rough towel. If you have a rough towel, you must immediately switch to a soft one and instead of rubbing it aggressively over the skin, just pat or blot your skin gently.