The skin is the largest organ of your body, so you'd better take extra care of it.
Most of us shower on a daily basis, so we'd hate to learn that after all these decades of washing ourselves we've been doing it wrong.
If you suffer from any skin conditions like eczema, dry, itchy, or red skin, it may stem from your showering habits.
Here are 10 mistakes we all make when taking a shower that's actually harming our bodies.
1. Using too much body wash
We all want to smell like our favorite body wash, but in doing so we're harming the natural protective oil layer on our skin. Experts suggest washing your body thoroughly only once a week.
2. Blasting hot water
Hot water makes your skin defenseless. It removes your natural skin oils and leaves your skin red, dry, and flaky. It may feel soothing at first, but as your blood flow increases, your skin is at risk of inflammation and rashes.
3. Overly drying once you step out
The key is to leave your body moist, then after you step out the shower you should moisturize your skin to prevent wrinkles and to keep it looking soft and healthy. Make sure you don't wait too long to moisturize your body!
4. Showering for too long
Once you're in a warm shower, it's hard to convince yourself to leave. The optimal duration of a shower is said to be 10 minutes, anything longer will dry out your skin, which may result in that itchy sensation you feel soon after.
5. Washing your hair daily
If you wash your hair every single day, you're really doing yourself a disservice. Health professionals recommend washing your hair twice a week in order to achieve moisture balance. That being said, the coarser and thicker hair you have, the less you need to wash it.
These next ones are some of the most common showering mistakes.
6. Using old loofahs or other old exfoliating tools
Change these once every month so that you're not scrubbing bacteria or mold on your skin.
7. Using products that have harsh ingredients
The average woman applies about 100 chemicals a day on their skin. However, not all products that are listed "natural" or "organic" will avoid stripping your skin and hair of natural oils. That being said, if you stay away from artificial colors, fragrances, parabens, and other harsh ingredients, you'll be doing yourself a favor.
8. Using a razor that has four or five blades.
Razors work best when there's more than three blades, but that also means there are more sharp metal edges cutting into you skin. Using too many razor blades will damage your hair follicle, causing razor bumps.
9. Not conditioning your scalp
The part you condition heavily are the brittle ends, but in fact, you're supposed to be conditioning your scalp as well. The follicles in your hair are alive, so when you condition your scalp, you're essentially moisturizing all of your hair. However, you should still be applying conditioner to the ends as well.
10. Using the same products for years
According to the owner of The Hair Management Group in San Antionio, Texas, if your hair is prone to breakage, you need to change your shampoo often.
"For people 50 and older, hair strands require more TLC. As you age, the hair loses protein, elasticity, and density. Safeguard your hair by using sulfate-free shampoos, which are much gentler, avoiding brittleness."
How many of these mistakes are you guilty of? Let us know!