It’s officially time to reevaluate your shower habits. Showering is probably one of the most relaxing things we do every day. It is such a refreshing way to start your mornings and how good does it feel when you go to bed all fresh and clean? But even with a healthy habit like showering, there are some dos and absolute don’ts! Here are 6 beauty mistakes that you are probably making in the shower:
Not taking your make-up off beforehand
Guilty! It always feels so much easier to just take your make-up off when you are in the shower. A lot of shower cleansers are made for when your make-up is already off and not to take it off, so even when you use your cleanser in the shower, you face will not be 100% clean. So if you prefer to take your makeup off in the shower, make sure you buy a cleanser that includes makeup remover.
Showering with very hot water
Another beauty mistake you make in the shower that is so nice, but so bad for our skin. Especially during the cold season, a hot shower is so nice and comfy, but showering with hot water only dries out your skin. The hotter the water and longer you shower, the harder it is on your skin. Always try to stay with lukewarm showers, especially if your skin is naturally dry.
Not enough or too much exfoliating
Not just your face but your whole body! I have to admit I often forget to do my body and when I do I tend to over-exfoliate. You need to find a gentle way to get read of dry and dead skin. Think of a gentle bath or good body scrub should do the trick and never forget to moisturize your skin after to make it feel super silky and smooth.
Showering too long
Everything over 15 minutes is too long. Taking a longer shower will rinse the natural moisturiser off your skin and in the end has the same effect on your skin as taking a really hot shower: dryness!
Too much soap
Unfortunately, it is not true that the more soap you use the cleaner you are. If you find that your soap is running out faster than it should, you are probably using way too much at a time. Using too much is also really bad for your skin as it extracts the natural oils from your skin.
You don’t replace your washcloths
Unfortunately, your washcloth is a breeding ground for bacteria. You should only use a washcloth three or four times before washing them. And to make sure they’re really clean, wash them in hot water. That will also eliminate any leftover musty smells that are caused from body oil and soap buildup. You should also change your washcloths every three to four weeks.
Forgetting to Moisturize Immediately Post-Shower
The very nature of showering, even if you keep it short and lukewarm, leads to a bit of sebum stripping, which makes skin feel dry, itchy, and tight. For that reason, post-shower hydration is key to healthy skin. It’s important to moisturize liberally head to toe within 60 seconds of coming out of the shower. Look for moisturizers with ceramides (a lipid naturally found in skin) to help replace those stripped away in dry skin, as well as humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.