There is nothing more relaxing than taking nice shower before going to bed. Let’s face it, when it comes to shower we don’t put much thought into it. We just get in, make sure water is hot and that’s it. Without knowing it, you probably make different mistakes when you’re taking a shower and these mistakes can be harmful for your delicate skin. Keep reading this article to discover what mistakes you probably make on daily basis.
- You’re using hot water and washing your face
While hot showers seem like excellent way to relax, particularly in winter, they aren’t that good for your skin. According to Cynthia Bailey MD a dermatologist in Northern Carolina, hot showers remove natural skin’s oils that are necessary for hydration and smoothness. Furthermore, hot water brings blood circulation to your skin which is why you get out of the shower with lobster-like red skin on your chest and limbs. Together with circulation inflammatory building blocks appear and cause irritation and awkward itch.
If water is too steamy, it’s definitely too hot for your skin. It is needles to mention that stripping of natural oils from your skin contributes to dryness. Skin dryness is one of the most frequent causes of dullness. Ideally, you should shower with lukewarm or warm water.
Another mistake you make every day is washing your face while showering. According to Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington DC, told The Gloss that washing your face in the sink is a much better alternative. Why? It’s because skin on your face is sensitive and more prone to damage than rest of your body. Hot water can cause skin dehydration and it opens up the pores, while cold water closes them. Dehydrated skin is more prone to signs of aging and accelerated appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- You don’t clean your razor
Razors collect bacteria from your skin and when you just leave them in a damp shower they breed bacteria and germs at a faster rate. If you don’t clean your razors adequately (or at all) you are risking infections even if you don’t cut yourself. To prevent this from happening, you should rinse your razor with hot water before you use it. Also, if you shave on daily basis you should replace a razor head at least once a week.
- You use harsh soaps
You probably can’t imagine taking a shower without nice soap, but antibacterial and harsher agents can do more harm than good to your skin. The squeaky sensation you like while rubbing your skin and cleaning it with soap comes when natural oils are stripped from your skin. Basically, harsh soaps can dry out your skin. Besides premature aging that was already mentioned in association with dryness, your skin also becomes sensitive and more prone to infections and irritations. Furthermore, you don’t even have to soap the entire body. Soaps are formulated to dissolve oil and dirt so water can wash them away. Skin on your arms and legs doesn’t have a lot of natural oils to begin with and cleaning them with soap can dry them out significantly. Ideally, you should soap only the odor-causing parts of your body.
- Waiting too long to moisturize
The purpose of moisturizer is largely misunderstood. They don’t provide the moisture; instead they are formulated to retain the moisture in your skin. This is why moisturizers are applied immediately after taking a shower. First, you pat dry your skin with towel (never rub it), then you apply moisturizer evenly. Waiting longer than 3 minutes to apply moisturizer can make your skin lose moisture it got during the shower. Loss of moisture adds to dryness. Furthermore, you shouldn’t forget about your face as well. You should never use body moisturizer onto your face and vice versa. Most people apply moisturizer on their body while face is usually overlooked. In turn, moisture your skin got after you washed it (in the sink after shower) is lost which contributes to dull complexion.
Therefore, apply face cream or moisturizer and body moisturizer immediately after taking a shower and washing your face to trap the moisture in your skin for nourished and hydrated look.
- Scrubbing too much
Scrubbing to much removes natural oils as well as the “good” bacteria. In order to stay healthy and smooth, your skin needs natural oils and good bacteria that protect it from infections and various skin conditions like eczema. Furthermore, when you scrub hard besides removing good bacteria and natural oils, you also irritate your skin thus making it more prone to infections, redness, dry skin and rashes. Therefore, it’s time to reconsider your scrubbing strategy and use gentler strokes if you are unwilling to ditch loofah and use your own hands instead.
There are many shower mistakes we constantly make and this article listed five of them. Making these mistakes on daily basis contributes to skin dryness, dullness, and accelerates the aging process. Remember, use warm water, don’t scrub too hard, and opt for gentler cleanser.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News Website. In recent years, she had the opportunity to write Dermaset reviews. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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