If you are like me showering is one of your favorite daily (hopefully) tasks! What if I told you that you could be doing it wrong? Find out what the experts have to say about the matter. Oh yea, you’re welcome – In advance.
No More Soap
Okay take few breaths and that sink in. Yes, as much as we love our bubbly suds, soap is not necessary or helpful. According to dermatologist Marnie Nussbau, soap is very harmful to skin. It strips the oil from your skin, leaving it tight and dry. As an alternative try soap-free water based wash. “A body wash like this is water-based instead of oil-based to maintain the slightly acidic pH of 5.5—so it’ll cleanse skin without drying it out”, says Nussbaum.
So it’s already bad enough that we soap up our skin daily, but the hot water is just an added touch of this poor showering experience. Hot water is bad for the skin, as it also causes it to be dry and tight. It’s always better to try to shower in lukewarm water.
Bacteria, mold, and yeast….this is exactly what your washcloth and loofah are covered in. According to dermatologist Joel Schlessing, using a loofah is okay as long as you replace it at the very least monthly! Also, it is important to make sure that the loofah/washcloth dries completely in between uses. Its probably best for you to use a clean/new wash cloth daily. It may be more laundry, but your skin will love you more.
Shampooing The Wrong Way
Did you know that shampoo is not really meant to be used on the bulk of your hair? The best method to shampooing is to focus on the scalp and roots. This is where the majority of the dirt and oil are. Rubbing your hair shafts with shampoo can be very damaging and drying.
There is nothing worse than a horrible shave that leaves you with those nasty ingrown hairs. The best practice for accomplishing a close shave is to break out the razor during the last few min. of your shower. This gives your pores a chance to open up, and the hair to be softened. This brings ease to the shaving process.
Short and Sweet
Don’t spend too much time in the shower, as the skin doesn’t like the harshness of the water. Again, you are stripping the body of necessary oils. It may feel nice to take a long hot shower, but unless you like dry patchy skin, beware.
The epidermal barrier of your skin is fragile the very moment you step of the shower. A good habit to get into is before drying off, rub your body down with a good moisturizer. This locks in the moisture, and helps prevent those pesky dry spots.
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