June 06, 2019
I came across an article yesterday that I thought was pretty interesting so I'm sharing some of the content with you guys today.
It features shower habits that you need to ditch, so get ready to turn down the water temperature and drop the shampoo.
Believe it or not, some of the things you do every day while taking a shower could be affecting you in ways you’ve never thought of.
Let's start off with reusing dirty towels. The logic seems solid: if you only use your towel when your body is clean, how could your towel possibly be dirty.
This is not the case, though. It's ok to use your towel two to three times before you finally give it a wash, but this is only if you hang it up to air dry after every use.
Just like your loofah, dead skin cells can clean to your towel, and there's a huge 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 will eventually start to smell icky bad.
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Hint 1: Washing Your Face
Without a doubt, it’s 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 wash with at the sink, and the high temperature can make your skin dry out very quickly.
Those with skin conditions such as acne may 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.
Use a gentle cleanser and avoid washing your face in the shower, particularly if you have acne-prone skin.
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Hint 2: Not Washing Your Feet
You might be thinking that your feet make contact with plenty of later while you’re in the shower, so there’s no real reason to actually bend down and 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 toes anymore—imagine what you’re bringing into your bed every night without giving those feet a good wash.