We already know what you're thinking: Shower mistakes, really? I mean there is absolutely no way you could be screwing that up, right? The process is so simple – wash, rinse, repeat. It’s not like this is new. *rolls eyes* 

Yes, you might be successful at getting yourself rid of dirt and impurities, but you could still be committing some bathing mistakes that have damaging effects on your skin while you're busy scrubbing away. Read on for some common bathing mistakes that wreak havoc on your skin and how you can avoid them.

5 shower mistakes that are ruining your skin

You prefer really hot water

Do you often experience dry, itchy skin? Your shower may be to blame. In addition to drying out your skin, hot water showers can cause eczema flare ups. If you can’t take a cold water shower, then use lukewarm water instead. This way you can enjoy the heat without irritating your skin.

5 shower mistakes that are ruining your skin

You’re using a harsh soap

Using the wrong soap can cause your skin to dry out and crack. Most regular bar soaps not only remove dirt and impurities, but also strip your skin of natural oils. Also, you must avoid scented soaps because fragrance can really dry out your skin. Use natural, handmade and fragrance-free soaps or a body wash to nourish your skin in the shower.

5 shower mistakes that are ruining your skin

You’re scrubbing too hard

Aggressively cleansing and scrubbing can irritate your skin leading to redness and rashes. As long as you're using soap and water, there's no need to go overboard with the scrubbing. If you need to exfoliate, look for body sugar or salt scrubs that will melt in the water, and limit their use to twice a week.

5 shower mistakes that are ruining your skin

Your loofah is old

If you have a habit of hanging the loofah in your bathroom after a shower, then the warm, moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for infestation of yeast, bacteria, and mold. Instead, take it out of the bathroom and hang it elsewhere to dry. Additionally, limit the use of the loofah and other cleansing tools to twice a week and then replace them every three weeks.

5 shower mistakes that are ruining your skin

You miss a spot while rinsing

We are talking about the time when you are drying off your skin, and realise that you have a missed rinsing a bit of soap behind your ear or knee. Don't be lazy and just wipe it off; rinse the area again. Remember, soap dissolves oils, both on the surface of your skin and from inside the protective deep layers. Simply wiping it away will dissolve the natural oils that are important for protecting your skin. The result: dry, chapped and vulnerable skin.