When it comes to taking a shower, there are two types of women, those that prefer a hop-in-and-out kind of a shower, while there are others who take at least 30 minutes even on the busiest of days. But irrespective of which category you fall into, there might be certain shower mistakes you could be making that can wreak havoc on your skin.
Apart from severely drying out your skin, these shower mistakes could be the reason why your skincare products aren’t giving you the desired results. What’s worse is that it could even make you more susceptible to skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema as well as cause acne on different parts of your body. But before you panic, hear us out. Here are five more-common-than-you-think shower mistakes that you could be making and how to fix them with ease…
- 01. Mistake #1: Hot water and long showers
- 02. Using the wrong bath products
- 03. Soaping your whole body
- 04. Rubbing the skin with a rough towel
- 05. Not moisturising right after
01. Mistake #1: Hot water and long showers
Hot water strips away all the natural oils from your skin and can lead to problems such as skin irritation, itchiness, rashes and eczema. However, using cold water is also not very beneficial as it can prevent your pores from opening, which is necessary for proper cleansing. It’s best to use lukewarm or tepid water for the shower. Also, keep your showers short — under 10 minutes preferably — as too much water can further strip your skin of moisture, leaving it dry and damaged.
02. Using the wrong bath products
It’s necessary to pick bath products that are free of harmful ingredients as these can damage your skin. Some body cleansers are loaded with harsh chemicals such as SLS, parabens, fragrance, artificial colour, etc. that can irritate your skin, dry it out and cause damage. So do your skin a favour and make sure to do label check before choosing a bath product.
03. Soaping your whole body
The main function of soap is to dissolve the dirt and oil quickly, so that the water can wash it all off. But our hands, legs and pretty much the rest of the body is usually covered. Additionally, our hands and legs don’t have so many oil glands and therefore, don’t need to be cleaned as often or as vigorously. In order to avoid excessive dryness and skin damage, it is advisable to apply soap to only those areas that get sweaty or dirty such as the armpits, groin and feet.
04. Rubbing the skin with a rough towel
On most days, most of us are in a rush to either get ready for work or bed and gently dabbing away the water from our skin is a luxury we reserve for the weekends or when we have more time. However, rubbing your skin with a rough cotton towel increases friction that can actually irritate and damage the delicate post-shower skin. Additionally, this is one of the most common reasons for ingrown hair and rough even skin texture on arms and legs. So always dab your body with a soft microfiber towel to prevent your skin from over-drying and keeping it soft and supple.
05. Not moisturising right after
You’d be surprised to know that it is not just body care products that damage your skin, it is water itself too. When the water evaporates from your skin, it leaves it a little drier. Plus, the minerals found in water cause some damage too. This is why you must use a nourishing moisturiser within three minutes of stepping out of the shower. Make sure your skin is still damp (you can see a couple of droplets too) and slather on a generous amount of lotion to restore skin’s lost moisture from the shower.