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How often do you shower and may that be too often?
Showering regularly is recommended for good personal hygiene, but how much is too much?
The answer won’t be the same for everyone. We all have different skin and hair types, as well as the level of physical activity during the day and exposure to dirt and dust.
But showering everyday definitely has a damaging effect on your skin. The hot water, soap and scrubbing undermines the integrity of the outermost layer of your skin, which is responsible for protecting the underlying layers and keeping the moisture in. As a result not only your defense against bacteria is compromised, but you are left with dry, irritated and cracked skin.
So it seems like showering 4-5 times a week might be a good balance between clean skin and healthy skin.
But even if you shower less you still need to shower smarter.
Here are 14 tips how to get the most of your shower:
- Avoid using very hot water as it is drying out your skin. Warm water is best for a shower
- Keep your showers short
- Cold water is better for delicate skin on the face
- Exfoliate once or twice a week only. And don’t over-scrub
- Don’t rough towel-dry, do a gentle pat-dry instead
- Make sure to use a moisturizer after the shower to add back and seal in moisture
- Brush your hair first to detangle it. This will help avoid tangles and breakage while washing it
- You don’t need to shampoo the whole head. The roots are where the most access oil is
- Use a hair conditioner. And make sure it is concentrated around your ends and not your roots, which can make your hair appear greasy
- Finish rinsing your hair with a blast of cold water, it seals the cuticle and makes your hair look shiny
- Wash your body after your hair to get rid of all the leftover products
- Choose a non-soap hydrating cleanser
- Make sure you buy new washcloths regularly as after a while they become breeding grounds for bacteria
- Finally, scrub before you shave to help release any ingrown hairs and always use a sharp razor