Taking a shower is as easy as turning on the water and then scrubbing the dirt off with soap and water before wiping the skin dry with a towel, isn’t it? With a little knowledge, however, you can make shower time better for your skin, hair, and nails. Here are some shower tips that will help make your shower an indulgence time for your skin.
Hot Water is your skin’s enemy
Hot showers feel uplifting on a cold morning or after a long day, but they are not exactly good for your skin. Hot showers open your skin pores and strip your skin of its natural oils. The result is often dry skin and, in some people, itchy skin. Taking hot showers can also worsen skin problems such as eczema. Instead, keep the water lukewarm. An equally important point is to keep the shower short for that same reason.
Rubbing the Towel does no good to your skin
After the shower, you probably dry your skin with a clean towel without giving much thought, but how you dry your skin is just as important. Wiping your skin with a towel can dry out or even irritate your skin. Instead, you should pat your skin lightly with a clean towel.
Applying your lotion immediately helps to keep the moisture in
After the shower, water evaporates from your skin rather quickly. While moisturizing your skin later will help to rehydrate it, you will have better results by applying your lotion or cream right away when your skin is still moist. This helps to trap the moisture in before it evaporates, thus creating a protective barrier.
Save shaving for last
Shaving your legs is an important part of any girl’s skincare and beauty regimen. Shaving inappropriately, however, can put you at risk of folliculitis while running your chance at a close shave.
As a rule of thumb, always shave in the direction that your hair grows and use a sharp razor. Other than that, you will get better results by shaving after a few minutes in the shower. This allows time for your hair to soften and your pores to open.
Always wear flip-flops if using public showers
Gym. Swimming pool. College bathroom. These are some of the places where you are likely to share your shower with a whole bunch of people and, in the process, pick up infections such as foot fungus aka athlete’s foot. To avoid this, always protect your feet with flip-flops.
Shampoo your hair properly
How do you shampoo your hair? Do you squeeze it on the top of your hair and work it in for a few seconds? Well, you are probably missing out on a great chance to make your hair pop.
For better results, pour a quarter size amount into the palm of your hands and lather it up with your fingers, paying close attention to the scalp, the roots of your hair, and the nape of the neck. The nape area is often overlooked, yet it can harbor a lot of oil. Scrub your head for 30-60 seconds at the very least.
Your loofah is a potential bacteria-breeding ground
Loofahs can harbor nasty pathogens such as bacteria, yeast, and mold. This is especially an issue if you leave your loofah in the shower, where the air is usually damp. To avoid complications, air-dry (or bleach) your loofah after every use. It is also important to replace your loofah frequently, preferably every month. You should as well avoid sharing your loofahs or washcloths. If washcloths are your kind of thing, use a new one every time and throw it in the laundry after the shower.
Go easy on the scrubbing
Exfoliating your skin helps to rejuvenate it and make it clearer. Overdo it, however, and you risk irritating your skin. Over-exfoliating your skin breaks the skin’s protective upper layer which can cause inflammation, but that is not all. By breaching the skin’s protective barrier, you put it at risk of infection by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. To be on the safe side, do not exfoliate more than two times a week.
Always rinse off soap thoroughly
Have you ever walked out of the shower only to notice soap bubbles lining the nape of your neck? The chances are that you just wiped them off. Depending on the specific soap you use, the chemical and fragrances left behind can irritate and dry out your skin. It’s better to rinse off the soap bubbles with water, but gentle, moisturizing cleansers, such as Olay Gentle Clean, are usually not much of a problem.
Use these shower tips to make your bath time friendly for your skin and hair and lay the ground to make them look amazing.