We'd like to think that everyone's showering and hygiene habits are the same, but that would be naive.
Obviously, we share a lot of the same processes: at some point, we will all use soap and shampoo during our shower, but that's basically where the guarantees end.
See if your shower and hygiene habits match up with everyone else's!
1. How do you like your water temperature?
Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatologist, says that the hotter your shower, the more damaged your skin will get. The ideal temperature is below 110 degrees.
“Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin and eventually eczema,” says Shah. “Similarly, hot water can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to be drier, and if you color your hair, it can cause the color to fade faster.”
2. Do you sit or stand?
There's really no pros or cons to either...I just wanted to see how many weirdos SIT IN THE SHOWER?? Just take a bath!!
3. What part of your body do you use soap on?
I know it sounds weird, but using soap on your arms and legs can actually dry them out since they don't produce a ton of oil anyways. Dermatologists say that soap should be saved for the super oily part of your body: your armpits, butt, and feet.
4. Do you get in the shower before or after the water is turned on?
This is a straight opinion question again, but did you know that blasting your skin with cold water AFTER your shower can actually help reduce stress?
5. How often do you wash your hair?
According to Hair Management Group owner Andrea Hayden, washing your hair a couple times a week i plenty.
"Someone with thin, fine or delicate hair should avoid shampooing too frequently — no more than two times a week should help maintain the natural oil production, while achieving moisture balance. [For curly hair] shampooing can be pushed back to once a week.”
6. Do you pee in the shower?
There are a lot of reasons to pee in the shower, according to the University of East Anglia, including but not limited to:
- saving water
- saving money
- being hygienic
7. Which direction do you face when showering?
If you don't alternate directions, we're going to have some issues.
8. How often do you shower in general?
If you're just living a fairly mundane life, IE not a lot of physical activities, then you can get away with showering only a couple of times per week. According to Professor Stephen Shumack, anything else could damage your skin.
"Over-washing causes 'defatting' of the skin – getting rid of the natural body oils we produce to protect the skin cells," he says. "This can cause actual damage making them more permeable to bacteria or viruses, precipitating itchy skin, dryness, flakiness and worsening conditions like eczema."
9. Do you brush your teeth in the shower?
In reality, there's nothing wrong with brushing your teeth in the shower, and it can even be helpful if you normally forget to brush at the sink. But Southeast Family Dental says storing your toothbrush in the shower is a big mistake.
"If you brush in the shower, try to take extra care to brush thoroughly. Multi-tasking with shampoo or shower gel can cause people to miss parts of their typical oral routine, so be sure you brush your teeth just as you would in front of the sink. If possible, you should try to avoid storing your toothbrush in the shower. This is because the warm, wet environment can incubate bacteria."
10. How often do you wash your towel?
It is recommended that you wash your bath towels after every three or four uses. The moisture can cause bacteria growth, and you really don't want to be rubbing bacteria all over your clean body, now do you?
11. Do you shower in the morning or at night?
There are pros and cons to both, but generally it's believed that showering at night is more beneficial.
“If you like to shower in the morning, do it,” Nancy Rothstein, who calls herself The Sleep Ambassador, says. “But definitely shower at night. It’s so important to go to bed clean, and it separates the day from the night.”
Dr. Janet Kennedy, a sleep expert and psychologist, also says that nighttime showering is better for your sleep.
“The body naturally cools down as bedtime approaches, in sync with the circadian rhythm,” she says. “Showering artificially raises the temperature again and allows for a faster cool down, which seems to hasten sleep.”
How did your habits match up?