Showering is, and should be, a daily habit for most of us, and everyone has their own routine. Some people can’t live without washing their hair every day, while others choose to skip a day or two, and the differences continue from there. However, did you know that some of the most common shower habits might not be so healthy?

Habits in the shower you should already eradicate for these reasons

Believe it or not, some of the things you do every day while taking a shower may be affecting you in ways you never thought of. Review this list to see if your bathing habits are doing you more harm than good .

1. Wash your face

It’s certainly easier and less messy to wash your face when you’re already in the shower. However, despite the convenience, it is actually not good for your face. The water you shower in will normally be much warmer than the one you wash in the sink with, and the high temperature can cause your skin to dry out very quickly.

People with skin conditions like acne or rosacea may also find that washing their face with hot water can cause excessive redness and irritation; You could even burst a blood vessel in your face if you wash too aggressively. Use a mild cleanser and avoid washing your face in the shower , especially if you have acne or rosacea prone skin.

2. Not washing your feet, one of the habits in the shower that you should change

You may think that your feet are in contact with a lot of water while in the shower, so there is no real reason to bend over and give them a proper wash. However, you are wrong.

Even if you are not prone to smelly feet, think about how sweaty your feet can be during the day. Not only that, but if you know you walk around the house or outside without socks or shoes, you never know what you might be picking up on the way.

There is no excuse to let the soap suds reach your toes and give them a good scrub, imagine what you bring to your bed every night without giving it a good wash.

3. Don’t wash or replace your loofah regularly

Be honest, how long has the same loofah been hanging in the shower? Months? years? As a result, that can be terrible for your health. Consider giving yourself a new sponge or loofah the next time you go out, or create a nice and convenient place to hang the one you have to air dry. Do not replace the bath sponge of whatever material it is, it is one of the most dangerous habits in the shower since you can get skin infections that are sometimes difficult to eradicate.

4. Use a soap dish

Yes, that built-in soap dish is there forever, but using it for its original purpose isn’t really such a good idea. Most people don’t use bars of soap these days, but, for those who do, keep in mind that leaving a bar of soap in one place can encourage bacteria to grow on it, bacteria that will later spread all over your body the next time you lather.

If you have reason to resist switching to liquid body wash, try to find a wire soap dish or one that has holes in the bottom so the remaining water can drain out once you get out of the shower.

5. Use scented jabones

Yes, those soaps that make your bathroom smell like a rainforest or a freshly made vanilla cupcake transport you to a place of olfactory luxury while feeling soapy, but those same fragrances could be doing something to your skin at the same time.

Anyone who notices that their skin appears particularly irritated after a shower should consider their soap as the first culprit. Fragrances can irritate sensitive skin very easily, so it is best to wear something unscented to keep your skin in tip top shape. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the smell of your soap mixing with the scent of your perfume to create “questionable” odors.

6. Shower in hard water

Some people may not even know how to tell if their water is considered hard, but figuring it out and taking steps to adjust it could save your hair and skin from a lot of damage.

Hard water is defined by its high concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium, which can end up causing the skin to shed or cause a layer of buildup on the hair. People with colored hair may even find that hard water washes the color out of their highlights, or at least makes their dye fade a little faster.

If you can’t add a water softener to your shower, try incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your routine to remove any build-up caused by those pesky minerals.

7. Avoid cold baths

Most people don’t even dream of staying in cold water for more than a second, let alone taking an entire shower in water that isn’t so steaming. Taking a cold bath is one of the healthiest shower habits .

Still, cold showers can really be really beneficial for your skin and hair, and you only need 30 seconds under a cold stream to see the difference. A quick blast of cold water is said to improve immune function, boost metabolism, and make you stronger to withstand more stress.

In addition to speeding up your metabolism, a 2009 study suggests that taking a cold shower regularly could help you lose weight over time.

8. Use old razors

For most of us, old razors are not something we carefully replace on a regular basis. Razors, whether you buy replaceable heads or ones that are totally disposable, are surprisingly expensive, so why throw one away after a certain period of time if it still seems to work? Well no.

Just because a razor cuts your unwanted hair doesn’t mean it’s doing it as effectively. If you notice that your skin turns red and inflamed after shaving, it is because the blades are dull and it is time to replace it.

9. Leave your razor in the shower

Remember that leaving your wet bar of soap in your dirty old soap dish is a breeding ground for bacteria? The same goes for your razor. There are many nooks and crannies in your shaver that create the perfect places for bacteria to hide, and the problem will only get worse when the shaver is in a hot and humid environment.

If you don’t want to store your razor outside of the shower, at least make sure to hang it up when you’re done using it to air dry.

10. Over-exfoliate

It’s a good idea to give your skin a gentle scrub every now and then, but doing it every day could be causing damage. For anyone who doesn’t know, your skin actually exfoliates itself every 27 days or so.

Anyone who wants to exfoliate their skin every day is aggressively searching for new skin cells, which can make your skin red and irritated as a result. It’s best to let some dead cells build up on the surface of your skin before going for your favorite scrub so that there is actually something worth exfoliating.

11. Wash your hair daily

If you notice that your hair always looks damaged and feels dry no matter what you do, the water in your shower is probably too hot and you wash your hair too often. Unless you’re someone who likes to exercise every day, you only need to wash your hair a few times a week at most, and people with curly or extremely coarse hair should cut it down to once a week.

For anyone who says their hair is too oily to go without a daily wash, it could be the daily wash that is causing that oily hair. Washing too often dries out the scalp, causing it to produce more oil to compensate. If you want to start shampooing less often, try using dry shampoo on your roots every other day.

12. Skipping the shower after training

If you like to exercise late at night or in the morning before going to work, you may decide that you are too tired or pressured to shower. However, sweating can leave bacteria in your body that will be trapped with you if you decide not to rinse them off afterwards.

This could lead to a skin infection or, at the very least, mild irritation or redness. Not to mention, you’d go to bed or go to work with a sweaty, stinky mess.

Remember, just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean that others can’t. At the very least, take some time to wipe off that sweat with a clean cloth or hand towel, or better yet, just change your clothes. Put some wet wipes in your gym bag for a quick clean-up on the go.

13. Reuse dirty towels

The logic seems solid: if you only use the towel when the body is clean, how can the towel get dirty?

This is not exactly the case, however. Yes, it is fine to use the towel two or three times before washing it completely, but only if you hang it to air dry after each use. Like your loofah, dead skin cells can stick to your towel, and when you don’t allow it to dry properly there is a great risk of bacterial growth.

Using the same towel for a week or more at a time can put you at risk for bacterial skin infections; Plus, it can start to smell pretty bad.

14. Rub the towels on your skin and hair

We can guess with relative confidence that you grab your towel right after you’re done with your shower, but there are a couple of different ways people towel dry themselves.

Some choose to simply wrap their towels around themselves and wait to air dry while they do other things: apply moisturizer, brush their teeth, etc., while others immediately begin to remove the water.

As a result, rubbing a towel against your skin is not the best thing for it, and dermatologists actually recommend that you use a patting motion to dry the skin. For anyone with long hair who likes to wrap the towel around their head like a cocoon, you should know that doing so could also damage it. Instead, use a microfiber hair turban and a damp brush to protect your hair from damage.

15. Skip the moisturizer

It can be very tempting to go to rest after you’ve gotten out of the shower, and it’s easy to get carried away with things like reading a book or watching TV before you finally start getting ready. However, you’re doing your skin a bad favor by not applying a little moisturizer when you get out of the shower.

Moisturizer absorbs a little better when your skin is nice and warm, and you’ll also want to replenish the moisture your skin lost from being in that hot water. Also, just as you shouldn’t rub a towel over your body, don’t rub your face when drying it. Eliminate these habits in the shower that more than benefit you, they harm you in the long run.

16. Bathing in a dirty tub

Okay, so a bath is definitely not the same as a shower, but we have a reminder for those of you who take them.

Clean your bathtub from time to time!

It is a task that few like to do, but it is important. If you are going to be sitting in a bathtub filled with water for a period of time, you want to make sure that there is nothing mixed with your soak that you did not add intentionally.

This is especially true if you share a bathroom with other people; You may like your roommates, but you really don’t know what they might have left in the bathtub.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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