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In many parts of the world, taking a shower every day tends to be the norm. However, from a strictly medical perspective, it is not necessary for most people to shower this frequently.

Personal hygiene does provide health benefits, and most people do need to shower regularly. In addition to its use for routine washing and grooming, water offers benefits relating to pain relief and treatment in the form of hydrotherapy.

Baths, steam showers, saunas, and other bathing methods can:

  • improve immune function
  • ease muscle aches and pains
  • reduce swelling
  • increase blood flow
  • improve concentration
  • lessen fatigue
  • make it easier to breathe

To a lesser extent, spending time in the shower can have these same effects. Showering cleans the skin and removes dead skin cells to help clear the pores and allow the skin cells to function. It washes away bacteria and other irritants that could cause rashes and other skin problems.

However, the main reason why people shower as much as they do is that it helps them meet social standards of cleanliness and personal appearance. Meeting these standards helps people feel at home in their working and social environments and their bodies.

Showering in different seasons

Shortening shower time to no more than 5–10 minutes reduces the likelihood of dry skin.

In most parts of the United States, winters are colder and dryer, while the summer is hotter and more humid.

These changing environmental conditions affect the ideal showering frequency.

In the winter, cold temperatures and indoor heating both contribute to dry skin. Many dermatologists recommend that individuals change their bathing routines during the winter to protect themselves from dry skin.

The following techniques may help people reduce the likelihood of dry skin:

  • Shortening shower time to no more than 5–10 minutes.
  • Closing the door to the bathroom to capture the steam and increase the humidity.
  • Replacing hot water and soap with warm water and gentle cleansers.
  • Using the smallest amount of cleanser possible to clean the skin.
  • Drying the skin gently after bathing.
  • Applying plenty of an oil-based moisturizing cream or ointment within 3 minutes of showering to trap moisture in the skin.

Showering at different ages

A person’s bathing needs change throughout their life.


The American Academy of Pediatrics say that the common practice of bathing babies daily is not really necessary. They suggest that the time to start regular full body washes is when infants are crawling around and beginning to eat food.


According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, although daily bathing is safe for children aged 6–11 years, they only need to take a shower every few days.

Once young people hit puberty, how often they need to shower will vary from person to person. Many people suggest that daily showering is necessary at this time.


Many teenagers are very physically active, and showers are a good idea after strenuous sports events or practices, including swimming, working out, and other physical activities.

Older adults

The previously simple act of taking a shower can sometimes become more challenging for older adults.

Older adults may not require a shower every day to maintain the level of cleanliness necessary to protect their skin, ward off infection, and meet general standards of grooming. Taking a shower once or twice a week can often be sufficient to meet these criteria, and people can use warm washcloths in between to stay feeling fresh.

Older adults who can no longer bathe themselves can still maintain their independence by getting help with their daily activities from caregivers.

Showers and work

People who work in unhygienic conditions need to shower at the end of each of their shifts.

The type of work that people do affects how often they need to shower.

People who work at desk jobs and spend most of their time indoors do not have the same bathing needs as those who work with dangerous substances, animals, or in any jobs that people consider to be unhygienic.

Occupations that people may think of as involving “dirty work” include:

  • butcher
  • janitor
  • exterminator
  • miner
  • garbage collector

People who work with corrosive materials, dangerous chemicals, disease agents, and radioactive materials need to shower at the end of each of their shifts.

Horticulturalists, arborists, amateur gardeners, and anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors around a variety of plants can reduce their risk of rashes and other skin injuries by showering as soon as they come indoors. Doing this will help limit their exposure to plant sap, pollens, and other potential allergens, thus reducing the risk of a reaction.

A Dutch study found that showers can reduce sick days at work, but only if they are cold showers. The researchers reported that individuals who ended their showers with at least a 30-second blast of cold water were absent 29 percent less of the time than people who did not do so.

Can you shower too much?

Showering removes bacteria from the skin, which means that it also washes off the bacteria that help the body protect itself from infection.

The soaps and shampoos that people use when showering can dry out the skin and hair, leading to cracked skin and split ends. How rapidly this happens, which affects how often a person should shower, depends on the individual’s skin type, which could be oily or dry, and the climate in which they live.

If people find that their skin feels tight after they step out of the shower, this is not a sign of being clean. Instead, it indicates that the skin is too dry.

In studies focused on hand washing, researchers found that nurses with skin damage on their hands due to frequent washing and wearing gloves harbored more infectious agents than other nurses. The researchers concluded that when the frequency of washing leads to skin damage, it is counterproductive.

Showering also has a significant effect on the environment. Soaps and shampoos, not to mention added ingredients such as microbeads in some skin care products, can make their way into groundwater, lakes, streams, and oceans. The simple act of showering depletes the vital resources of freshwater.


Although showering offers physical, mental, and emotional benefits, the daily shower that many people in the U.S. are in the habit of taking is probably more than most people need. Showering dries out the skin and hair, uses natural resources, and creates an additional source of water pollution.

Trying to determine how often to shower depends on finding the right balance between using natural resources respectfully and what makes a person feel good and clean and fits with their schedule.

The medical recommendation to meet basic physical and health needs is to shower once or twice a week. People working in certain types of job and those who do lots of exercise are likely to need to shower more often.

By Danielle Dresden
Last reviewed Tue 12 March 2019
Reviewed by J. Keith Fisher, M.D.

Taking a shower may be a quick and simple activity or it may be a spa-like indulgence. Most of us rely on showering in order to feel our cleanest and freshest, but many of us don’t know fun facts about showering.

If you want to learn some interesting, shower-related facts, be sure to read our list.

1) Showers are Fairly Lengthy – People in the USA shower for thirteen minutes on average. They would like to spend more time in the shower, just relaxing, but usually don’t, perhaps because of busy schedules or concerns about wasting water. While thirteen minutes is a fairly long time, it’s safe to say that most people step out of the shower a little sooner than they’d like to.

2) Morning Showers are Common – Of course, this fact may not be that surprising. The truth is that most people shower in the morning, probably because they need to get clean before they head out to work. Current statistics show that fifty-eight percent of people take their showers in the morning. Lots of people shower later in the day, too, but the bulk of showering happens earlier, rather than later. Showering is a great way to wake up and start the day fresh!

3) People Wash Their Hair A Lot– People wash their hair 5.7 times every week. This means that most people choose to shampoo every time that they have a shower. They might skip a day, on Sunday for example, but they definitely make shampooing a part of their shower experiences most of the time. This interest in hair care helps to fuel the billion-dollar health and beauty industry!

4) People Get Pensive in the Shower – Since the shower is such a great place to relax and unwind, it makes sense that a lot of people do their best daydreaming while they are under the gentle spray. In fact, sixty-seven percent of people use their shower time to reflect, dream and plan. Showering is definitely therapeutic and it’s a good way to ponder the past, present and future!

5) People Like to Croon While They Get Clean – If you enjoy singing, there’s a sixty-three percent chance that you do some crooning in the shower. Lots of people love to sing songs as they soap up, probably because they shower is a private place to emote and to go for those hard-to-reach high notes! Singing is also a form of therapy, so never be ashamed of singing in the shower. It’s a great way to express yourself and to de-stress!

6) Women May Worry in the Shower – Many women wear a lot of hats in life. This means that they nurture others, while also taking care of any array of career and home-related tasks. For this reason, women are sixteen percent more likely to ruminate over problems and things that they need to do while they get clean. If you’re a woman and you use your shower time to think about all that you need to do, or to ponder problems in relationships, it may be time to clear your mind instead! Daydreaming or singing may help you to manage stress more effectively and to use your downtime to better effect.

7) Showering Isn’t Always a Solo Activity – People who have partners tend to be quite open about sharing their shower time with their significant others. Statistics show that seventy-three percent of men and women have partners around while they shower, shower with their partners or otherwise share their shower spaces with other people.

8) People Step Out of the Shower to Dry Themselves – While some people may towel off while they’re in the shower, after they’ve turned off the water, most vastly prefer to get dry outside of the shower stall. It’s possible that people want more space while they’re drying off, or simply associate the shower stall area with being wet. Whether your bathroom in tiny or huge, you likely step out and grab a towel, like most other people do.

9) Men Don’t Clean Shower Stalls as Much – Women who share shower spaces with guys tend to have issues which relate to their partners or male family members failing to clean their showers after usage. In fact, forty-five percent of ladies find that men don’t pull their weight in terms of cleaning showers! If you’re a guy and you haven’t been doing your share of the cleaning, it may be time to take the pressure off of her by doing a little scrubbing, rinsing and polishing.

10) Most People Wish for Bigger Showers – In the age of HGTV, we see dream homes on a regular basis and these typically have huge and glamorous shower stalls. In real life, most people don’t have these luxurious and roomy shower spaces…but they wish that they did. Forty-eight percent of people who own their own homes wish that their shower stalls were larger. A home renovation will be the best way to enjoy the ultimate shower experience.

How to Enhance Your Shower Experience

Now that you know ten fun facts about showering, you’ll see how your own shower experience compares to that of other Americans.

If you want more from every shower, consider choosing a brand-new shower head with exciting and practical features. For example, some modern shower heads offer a true spa experience, by providing different settings, from massage spray to gentle “rainfall”. It’s possible to change your mood and enhance your well-being just by choosing the perfect setting.

Also, making your bathroom more beautiful and functional may help you to enjoy showers which are more decadent and pleasurable and less workmanlike.

Energy-efficient shower heads will also help you to enjoy long showers without wasting too much water. These days, a lot of manufacturers make shower heads which provide awesome shower experiences, while also maximizing energy efficiency. There are tons of styles to choose from at an array of price points.

Some people like chocolate, others vanilla. Some prefer coffee, others tea. None are wrong. None are right. It’s the same way with shower heads. Designer bathrooms of all kinds have many different styles of shower heads. Some have small nozzles for a more pointed, powerful stream, while others have a rain shower nozzle to provide more of a voluminous, rain-like experience. No option is really “better” than the other. It’s really all about personal preference.

If your personal preference is more of a powerful, massage like spray, you may wish to steer away from the rain shower nozzle. But what if we told you – you could have both?

To take the rain-like experience even further, shower heads have recently began being engineered using airstream technology. This advanced technology draws in air which is then mixed with every droplet of water emerging from the shower head, resulting in an increased volume of water – even more closely mimicking the refreshing and invigorating feel of being in a rain shower. The more voluminous drops of water also allow for an especially efficient cleanse that is still gentle and exfoliating for your skin. So, you get the best of both worlds.

Additionally, it’s most likely a rain shower head would be installed with a hand-held version, so you can get a more direct blast of water instead of standing under the rain shower head, which is all encompassing.

With the increased water flow and the added options of both a rain shower head and handheld, you will have to take increased water flow consumption into consideration. Rain shower heads are larger and produce more water, which leads to an increased need for efficient drainage. To effectively drain the water, linear drains are increasingly being used, especially in new modern luxury residences.

This is because a linear drain not only adds a functional benefit to a bathroom, but also presents a superior level of elegance. These two super-functional items – of designer quality – are being paired in gorgeous bathrooms all over the world. And why not? It’s not often when something which works so well also looks so sweet.

Unless of course, you are talking about a chocolate sundae that satisfies a sweet tooth while looking like a work of art. (Or should that be vanilla?)

We’re all for efficiency, but sometimes a good soak is just what your body ordered.

Here’s the truth: taking a bath is way less practical and efficient than taking a shower. It’s like taking a cross-country sleeper train when you could fly in a fraction of the time, not to mention that you’re basically floating in a mixture of your own dirt and whatever was at the bottom of the tub. Plus your fingers and toes are going to get prune-y. But sometimes the body demands a prescriptive dunk—to calm muscles, nerves, and even skin. And those are the times when filling the tub and taking it slow is absolutely necessary. Here’s your guide to knowing which of them require a good soak:

1. When Your Body Aches

For athletes and the generally achy, an Epsom-salt soak is like aspirin for the entire body. If your muscles or joints are sore, draw a hot bath and pour in some EPSOAK SPORT, or a similar Epsom mixture. The magnesium and sulfate blend reduces inflammation, speeds up the recovery time of sore muscles, and in turn helps minimize future injuries. Take one before bed, go to bed relaxed, and you may wake up the next morning feeling just as calm and pain-free.

2. When Your Skin is Parched

A hot, steamy shower can dry out your skin by stripping its natural, nourishing oils. This happens a lot in winter especially: Guys will counter the cold weather with a piping hot scrubdown, which yields dry, patchy skin. Don’t do that. Instead, take a bath with warm water and skin-soothing bath oils, like from Sisley Paris. The blend of essential oils seeps deep into your skin, hydrating the entire body.

3. When Your Mind is Racing

While bath bombs are also a skin savior, they’re just as good at calming the nerves. If you’re unfamiliar with aromatherapy, the idea is pretty simple: A smell can make you feel instantly better. It’s deeply personalized. So for some it might be lemongrass-scented candles and for others gasoline. But we’re going to endorse a petrol bath. But, imagine soaking your whole body in a pool of Lush’s lemongrass goodness, and then see if you aren’t a billion percent more soothed.

4. When Your Hair is Just Right

It is possible to shower without getting your hair wet. But there’s the splashing and the steam working against you. If it can get wrinkles out of your shirts, it can compromise a good hair day, too. Besides, if your hair is the perfect amount of oily—like a day before you really need to wash it, so that it falls in that perfectly disheveled way—then you may want to preserve the perfection and forego any rinsing. In that case, you should be taking a bath.

5. When Your Throat Needs Whiskey

Shower beers are great in theory. Most of the time you open the beer with the intent of a super chillaxed shower, then you wash, rinse, dry off, and realize you left the beer on the ledge the entire time. Now, it’s just lukewarm and slippery. If you really want to imbibe while you bathe, then do it while literally bathing. Draw a bubble bath, put some whiskey on the rocks, and soak in your own excellence.

By Adam Hurly

March 25, 2017

Multi-featured shower systems continue to provide a personal refuge for consumers, and as such, designers strive to use this space to create a customized health and wellness center that contributes to the spa bath ambiance. Spacious and open, today’s showers are expected to offer a soothing sense of serenity, while also housing everything from body sprays, handsprays and rainshower heads to music, lighting and steam.

New technology also adds a host of options, from app-driven features to touch-control and pre-programmed settings for time, temperature and water flow. At the same time, many homeowners are looking for sleek and simple designs that will allow them to age in place.

Below are some of the hottest trends in shower systems right now.

–The shower/tub combo seems to be losing ground, as a growing number of consumers seek a standalone shower, with or without a freestanding tub. In the case of remodels, that often means the size of the shower coincides with the tubs they are replacing (usually 30”x60”). However, in the case of new construction, or where the desire is for a more expansive luxury shower, dimensions of 36”x60” or larger are often preferred to provide space for two shower heads, multiple body sprays, steam and room for seating.

–Regardless of size, consumers are looking for open, uncluttered shower spaces that boast classic finishes and easy access.

–Exposed shower systems are trending, with consumers eager to show off their trendy new showers – and, as an added bonus, exposed plumbing fixtures help minimize costs when repairs are needed, since walls don’t have to be torn out to get to the problem.

–Wellness continues to be a driving factor in shower system features, with elements that promote health and relaxation in high demand. These include multiple water ports, music, chromatherapy and aromatherapy, among others.

–Advances in technology are creating new options, from digital controls and touch operation to apps that pre-set shower time and temperature. However, for some, too much “tech” is at odds with the desired spa-like feel, so many still opt for less (or concealed) technology elements.

–Universal Design continues to impact showers, not just for seniors, but for many market segments, with increased demand for convenience features ranging from body sprays and handshowers with slide bars to doorless or curbless designs and linear drains. Additionally, water conservation requirements are driving interest in high-performance shower systems that give the feeling of more water while actually using less.

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 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 skin

If 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 last

If 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 water

A 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 soap

If 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 mistakes

After 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

Did you know there’s actually a right way to shower? Get ready turn down that water temperature and drop the shampoo—here are the things you need to stop doing when you’re taking a shower.

Showering is—and should be—a daily habit for most of us, and everyone has their own routine. Some people can’t live without washing their hair each day while others chose to skip a day or two, and the differences continue on from there. However, did you know that some of the most common shower habits might not actually be that healthy? Believe it or not, some of the things you do every day while taking a shower could be affecting you in ways you never thought of. Check out this list to see if your shower habits are doing you more harm than good.

1. Washing Your Face

Without a doubt it’s much easier and less messy to wash your face when you’re already in the shower. However, despite the convenience, it’s actually not good for your face. The water that you shower in will typically be much hotter than what you’d normally wash your face with, and the high temperature can make your skin dry out very quickly. Those with skin conditions such as acne or rosacea may also find that washing their face with hot water can cause excessive redness and irritation—it could even burst a blood vessel in your face if you wash too aggressively.

2. Not Washing Your Feet

You might be thinking that your feet make contact with plenty of water while you’re in the shower, so there’s no real reason to actually give them a proper wash. You’d be wrong, though. Even if you’re not prone to smelly feet, think about how sweaty your feet can get throughout the day. Not only that, but if you’re known to walk around the house or outdoors without socks or shoes, you never know what you might be picking up along the way. There’s no excuse for just letting the soap suds run down to your feet anymore—imagine what you’re bringing into your bed every night without giving them a good wash.

3. Not Washing/Replacing Your Loofah Regularly

Be honest, how long has the same loofah been hanging in your shower? Months? YEARS? As it turns out, that can be terrible for your health and this video demonstrates why:

4. Using the Soap Dish

Yes, that soap dish is there for a reason, but using it for its intended purpose actually isn’t that good of an idea. The majority of people don’t use bars of soap these days but, for those that do, be aware that leaving it in one spot could be encouraging bacteria to grow on it—bacteria that you’re then going to spread over your entire body the next time you use that soap. Gross. If you feel like you don’t want to make the switch to a liquid soap, try finding a soap dish that has holes in the bottom so any remaining water can drain away once you’re out of the shower.

5. Using Scented Soaps

Yes, those soaps that make your bathroom smell a tropical rainforest or a freshly-made vanilla cupcake do smell great, but it’s those very fragrances that could be doing a number on your skin. Anyone who notices that their skin seems particularly irritated after a shower should look at the soap they use as the first culprit. Fragrances can irritate sensitive skin very easily, so it’s best to use something unscented to keep your skin in the best shape. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the scent of your soap mixing with the scent of your perfume and making some unwanted smells.

6. Showering in Hard Water

Some people may not even know how to tell if their water is considered hard, but figuring it out and taking steps to adjust it could save your hair and skin from a lot of damage. Hard water means that it contains large amounts of things like magnesium and calcium, which can end up making your skin break out or cause a buildup of minerals in your hair. Those with dyed hair may even find that hard water strips the color out of their hair or makes it fade a little quicker. If you’re unable to add a water softener to your shower, try adding a clarifying shampoo into your routine to remove any buildup on your hair caused by hard water.

7. Avoiding Cold Showers

Most people wouldn’t even dream of standing in cold water for more than a second, let alone taking an entire shower in water that was anything less than steaming hot. However, cold water showers can actually be really beneficial for your skin and hair, and you only need 30 seconds of one to see a difference. A quick blast of cold water is said to improve your immune function, increase your metabolism, and increase the amount of stress you can tolerate. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, a study done in 2009 suggests that regularly taking a cold shower could even help you lose weight over time.

8. Using Old Razors

For most of us, old razors aren’t necessarily something we care to replace on a regular basis, so they just sit in the shower until we finally cave and get a new one. Razors, whether you’re buying replacement heads or the kind that are entirely disposable, are surprisingly expensive—why throw one out after a certain period of time if it still seems to work? Well, just because a razor is still taking off your hair doesn’t mean it’s doing it effectively. If you notice that your skin gets red and inflamed after you shave, it’s because the blades are dull and it’s time for a replacement.

9. Leaving Your Razor in the Shower

Remember how we said that leaving your wet bar of soap in your dingy old soap dish makes it a breeding ground bacteria? The same thing goes for your razor. There are plenty of nooks and crannies in your razor that make perfect spots for bacteria to hide, and the problem will only get worse when the razor is sitting in a hot, wet environment. Also, letting water rest on the blade of your razor can make it get rusty, and shaving with a rusty razor is equivalent to asking for a tetanus infection. If you don’t actually want to store your razor outside of the shower, at least make sure that you hang it up when you’re doing using it so it can air dry.

10. Over Exfoliating

Giving your skin a gentle scrub every now and then is a good idea, but doing so every day could actually be causing damage. For anyone who doesn’t know, your skin actually exfoliates itself by renewing every 25 days or so. Anyone who chooses to exfoliate their skin every day is actually exfoliating fresh skin cells, which can make your skin red and irritated as a result. It’s best to let some dead cells build up on the surface of your skin before exfoliating so that, you know, there’s actually something there to exfoliate.

11. Washing Your Hair Daily

If you notice that your hair always looks damaged and feels dry no matter what you do, it’s likely that your shower water is too hot and you’re washing your hair way too often. Unless you’re someone who likes to work out every single day, you really only need to wash your hair a few times a week at most—those with curly or extremely coarse hair should try to cut it down to once a week.
For anyone who says that their hair is too oily to go without a daily wash, it could be that daily washing that’s making your hair oily—washing too often dries out your scalp, which makes it produce more oil to compensate. If you want to start shampooing less often, try using dry shampoo on your roots every other day.

12. Skipping Your Shower Post-Workout

If you like to work out late at night or in the morning before you head out to work, you may decide that you’re too tired or pressed for time to squeeze a shower in. However, working up a sweat can leave bacteria on your skin that will get trapped against you if you choose not to rinse it off afterwards. This could lead to a skin infection or, at the very least, some minor irritation or redness. Not to mention that you’d be going to bed or heading to work as a sweaty, stinky mess—remember, just because you can’t smell you doesn’t mean others can’t smell you. At the very least, take some time to wipe off the sweat with a clean washrag, or just change your clothes.

13. Reusing Dirty Towels

The logic seems solid—if you only use your towel when your body clean, how could your towel possibly be dirty? It’s not exactly the case, though. Yes, it’s alright to use your towel two to three times before you finally give it a wash, but that’s only if you hang it up to air dry after every single time that you use it. Just like your loofah, dead skin cells can cling to your towel and, when you don’t let it dry properly, there’s a big risk for bacterial growth. Using the same towel for a week or more at a time could mean putting yourself at risk for bacterial skin infections—plus, they can eventually start to smell pretty bad.

14. Rubbing Towels on Your Skin and Hair

We can guess pretty confidently that you reach for your towel right after getting done with your shower, but there are a couple of different ways that people towel off. Some choose to just wrap their towel around themselves and wait to dry off while they do other things—put in contacts, apply moisturizer, brush their teeth—while others immediately start to wipe the water away.
As it turns out, rubbing a towel against your skin isn’t exactly the best thing for it, and dermatologists actually recommend that you use a patting motion to dry your skin. For anyone with long hair who likes to wrap their towel around their head like a cocoon, know that doing so could also be damaging your locks, as well.

15. Skipping the Moisturizer

It can be pretty tempting to go lounge around after you’ve gotten out of the shower, and it’s easy to get sucked into things like reading a book or watching television before you finally start to get ready. However, you’re doing a skin a disservice if you don’t apply some moisturizer right when you get out of the shower. Moisturizer will be absorbed a little bit easier when you skin is nice and warm, and you’ll also want to replenish any moisture your skin lost from being in that hot water. Also, just like you should be rubbing a towel on your body, don’t rub a towel on your face either.

16. Bathing in a Dirty Tub

Alright, so a bath definitely isn’t the same as a shower, but we have a reminder for those of you out there that take them—clean your bathtub every once in a while! It’s a chore that we’re sure no one likes doing, but it’s an important one. If you’re going to be sitting in a tub full of water for any period of time, you want to make sure that there’s nothing mixing in with your bath water that you wouldn’t want to be in there. This is especially true if you share a bathroom with other people—you might like your roommates, but you don’t really know what they could’ve tracked into the tub.