Most citizens of first world countries shower on a daily basis and have their own established routine. But the question is, are you doing it right? That may seem like a silly question at first, but did you know that some showering habits can do more harm than good?
Taking a shower is, inherently, a simple task. These days, however, with all of the scrubs, chemicals, and other products that people use, the notion of what’s actually good for you becomes quite convoluted. Below you’ll find some of the most common mistakes people commit as part of their personal hygiene routine that you’ll want to avoid.
Not hanging up your loofah or washcloth after using
Otherwise, it will turn into a breeding ground for bacteria.
Not conditioning your hair after shampoo.
Conditioner will keep your hair from being dry and frizzy, but more importantly, it helps to limit the amount of damage that shampoo does to our hair since shampoo strips the natural oils out of hair.
Wrapping your head or upper body with a towel.
It will leave the skin and scalp dry, and can even cause your hair to fall out.
Scrubbing your skin too frequently.
Exfoliating more than once a week can leave your skin very dehydrated and infection-prone.
Shaving or waxing before taking a shower.
It causes pores to open more and leave the skin dry and flat. To prevent this, save shaving for last in the shower, or do it afterward.
Using too much soap.
Soap is abrasive, therefore it can dehydrate and irritate the skin, and it strips important natural oils out of the skin.
Antibacterial soap isn’t always best.
The truth is, it can trigger the growth of bacteria that’s resistant to the soap.
Now that you’re aware of these things, you can fine-tune your routine. Maximize your personal hygiene by keeping these tips in mind.