Did you know that you’ve probably been showering wrong your entire life?
Yes, it sounds unbelievable but it’s absolutely true.
You see, there are many things that we all do every time we jump into the shower that are damaging our skin, harming our health and hurting the environment too.
Here are the most common five.
1. You are staying in that shower for far too long!
Yes, we understand that it can feel wonderful to stay under that shower for as long as possible, but it’s doing your skin (and the planet) no favours at all.
Excessive showering can damage the natural microbiome of your body and drain your skin of vital nutrients. It’s also a terrible waste of water.
So be mindful of how long you’re spending there and get out when you’re clean. Allow the water to run for up to five minutes, no longer.
2. You leave washing your hair until last
Get maximum hair cleaning benefits and keep your skin in tip-top condition by shampooing and conditioning when you first get into the shower.
This allows plenty of time for any cosmetic residue to wash from the surface of your hair, leaving it looking shiny and attractive. It will also leave your skin beautifully clean and residue-free.
3. Your shower is far too hot!
Even though it does feel wonderful to climb into a warm shower when you’ve been outside somewhere cold, this is another shower habit that wreaks havoc on your skin.
All that hot water can strip the natural protective oils and moisture away from the skin and leave it vulnerable to the harsh external environment.
Protect your skin and save on your energy bills by turning down the shower thermostat and being kinder to your skin instead.
4. You’re scrubbing your skin too hard
Your skin is a delicate organ which covers a surface area of around two meters, so it’s time to start treating it with the kindness it deserves.
Switch that rough, scratchy sponge or other harsh exfoliants that you use in the shower for something softer and gentler on your skin.
If you’d like to exfoliate your skin, do it before you step into the shower by practicing dry skin brushing. That way you’ll enjoy the same benefits without damaging your skin.
5. You forget to moisturize after your shower
When you step out of that shower, any moisture on the surface of your skin will evaporate, leaving your skin drier than it was before.
Make sure that you moisturize your whole body well after you shower, even if you’re short on time and need to cut corners. If this is the case, use a light moisturizer that is quickly absorbed.
So next time you take a shower, be mindful of how long you’re spending in there, turn down the heat, wash your hair first, don’t scrub too hard and always, always ALWAYS moisturize.
Your skin, your body and the environment will thank you!