Most of us have two showers each day, wash and condition our hair and then rub ourselves dry with a towel.
But how many of actually know whether we’re showering the right way?
Most of us assume our daily showering habits are normal, and therefore healthy – but it turns out they’re not necessarily right!
From washing your hair too often to not scrubbing your feet, here are six things you’ve been doing wrong in the shower all these years.
1. Keeping your loofah in the shower
That’s right, keeping 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
A long hot shower on a cold morning or a cold shower after a hot day can be hard to leave. 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 ‘turban’ 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.