From shampooing to drying: 6 shower habits you’re doing wrong

Here are six shower habits that you've probably been doing wrong. Source: Getty

For many people, taking a shower twice a day and washing your hair daily is the norm, but it turns out there is a wrong way to shower.

In fact, washing your hair too often or not scrubbing your feet at all, are some blunders people often make while taking a shower. So if you’re wondering if your daily shampoo is a good idea, here are six shower habits that you may have been doing wrong.

1. Keeping your loofah in the shower

That’s right, if you’ve been keeping your loofah in the shower then you’ve been doing it all wrong. Apparently, your dead skin gets caught on the loofah – and when that’s combined with lingering moisture over an extended period of time, it breeds bacteria. Instead of keeping your loofah in the shower, you should wash it thoroughly, wring it out and then hang it in a dry place.

2. Shampooing your hair daily

Many of us simply grab the shampoo and wash our hair every day. While you would think that is good for your hair, it turns out, it’s not as good as you think. That’s because shampooing too frequently can strip your hair of natural oils and dry it out. So, how often should you shampoo your hair? If you have thin or fine hair, the experts say you should only shampoo twice a week. While if you have coarse or curly hair, you should only wash with shampoo once a week.

3. Spending too long in the shower

Who else is guilty of spending too long in the shower? It’s safe to say, a long steamy hot shower on a cold morning or a cold refreshing shower after a hot day can be fantastic. But it turns out spending too long in shower isn’t good for your skin! It can actually make your skin dry and itchy. Experts recommend showering for no more than five or 10 minutes at a time.

4. Keeping you hair wrapped in a towel for too long

If you’ve got long hair, chances are you probably wrap it up into a towel on your head. But it might not be that good for your hair. Apparently wrapping it too tightly can actually damage your hair, especially if it’s thinning or fine. Instead, some people recommend gently squeeze moisture out of your hair or patting it dry gently.

5. Not scrubbing your feet

While we scrub all over, many of us forget to give our feet a good scrub while we shower. Unfortunately, our feet are prone to bacterial infections and other funguses which can be very unpleasant. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly wash your feet with soap and dry them completely after every shower.

6. Drying yourself too hard

Most of us get out of the shower and give ourselves a good hard rub with the towel to dry ourselves off. But it turns out that drying yourself roughly with the towel can actually damage your skin. Instead, you should pat yourself dry with a fluffy towel.

Did you know any of these things were bad? Are you guilty of any of these showering habits?

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