Taking a shower every morning is like a ritual that most of us follow, but have you ever given a thought to the possibility that you might be doing it all wrong? Yes, most of us are guilty of making at least one of the mistakes you will see here. So, take a note and avoid making these mistakes from now onwards for your own good.
Showering too much can damage your skinIf you like showering twice a day, you may want to switch it to just one. That’s because the top layer of the skin, which is comprised of hard and dead cells, is held by together by lipids that help maintain moisture, so when you scrub your skin while taking a shower, you are tearing this layer apart. So now the question that may pop in your head is, how does it ruin your skin? Well, the more showers you take, the more frequently this damage takes place and the less time your skin will have to repair itself through natural oil production.
You wash your hair lastIf you fall under the category of people who wash their hair last, we are sorry to break it to you but you have been doing it all wrong. Ideally, shampooing and conditioning should be among the first steps you take when you get in the shower. Why so? Well, you wash your hair last, there is a good chance that residue from hair products you use can remain on your face, skin and hair even after rinsing. Thus, it makes sense to follow hair washing with the rest of your shower routine. Using a gentle soap or cleanser on your body and face ensures that you scrub away any leftovers of your shampoo and conditioner.
You shower with really hot waterA long hot shower after a tiring day at work sounds like heaven, doesn’t it. Well, you might want to change your ways when you realise how damaging it can be for your hair and skin. Hot water damages the outer layer of your skin and hair and deprives it of all moisture, resulting in dry skin and frizzy and damaged hair. If you cannot do without your daily dose of hot shower, make sure you moisturize your skin well just after the shower. You might also want to switch to a warmer, or preferably colder temperature while washing and conditioning your hair.
Too much of soapIf you are one of those who like to lather it up, think again. By using excess soap or shower gels, what you are essentially doing is stripping your skin off of all the natural oils. If you use a lot of soap, you might end up with dry skin. Using too much of soap and shower gels also might aggravate any of the skin allergies or diseases you might have.
After shower mistakesAfter you shower, make sure that you do not rub yourself dry with the towel. Always use tapping motion to dry your skin if you do not want to damage it. Excessive rubbing damages the outer layer of your skin and hair. One other huge mistake that we make is wrapping up our hair in a towel. Wrapping your hair up can cause your hair strands to pull and stretch which might result in breakage and hair damage. Remove all the excess moisture by patting your hair dry, and let them dry naturally.
By Meenakshi Chaudhary
Feb 03, 2017