Showering. There's nothing to it. You use soap, clean your parts, water is involved. All you have to do is make sure you use clean towels to dry off and there shouldn't be anything to worry about, right?
YEAH, EXCEPT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WRONG! It turns out even showering is harder than it seems and if you talk to a dermatologist, we are making some big mistakes.
Of course, nothing you're doing is life-threatening or causes any danger to your family, but we could be doing much, much better. Here's a few things you should immediately take out of your shower routine.
1. Taking Long Showers
Long showers are a no no, but not for the reasons you might think. It's not
only because they use up precious water, but they can also make your skin itchy and dry. Doctors recommend only showering once a day and for no longer than 8 minutes. 8 minutes! Now we'll get through only like 1/4 of Lemonade before our shower singing session is done.
2. Scrubbing Your Loofah To Death
Loofahs are great for exfoliating your skin and they keep you nice and clean. But, if you let them hang around too long, they collect tons of germs. Then you're just rubbing germs all over yourself which is just beyond gross.
3. Taking Hot Hot Showers
You don't have to shower in freezing cold water, but it's better to keep it warm instead of super hot. The hot water can remove too much of the skin's natural oils, leaving it dry and dehydrated. Now if you're doing something hot in the shower, but the water's warm, well that's just fine by us.
4. Shampooing Dryish Hair
If you're too eager to start shampooing before your hair is completely wet, you're just wasting product. Shampoo won't lather well on partially dry hair, so you add more and more when you don't really need it. Get your hair soaking wet, then you'll use just the right amount of shampoo.
5. Using Oil Products in The Shower
Everybody's talked about how great coconut oil is for your hair, your skin, probably your vajay too at this point. So, you use some coconut oil in the shower and get all scrubbed up, it seems great! Well sure except when you take one step and slip your way into an urgent care waiting room. If you want to use oils, it has got to be outside of the shower, unless you want to turn your bathroom into a danger zone.
6. Shaving Your Legs Before a Pedicure
You never want to show up for a pedicure with Sasquatch style legs, but it's not good to shave right before your appointment. The tiny cuts allow bacteria to get underneath your skin more easily, and a foot bath at the nail spa has a lot of opportunity for bacteria. As long as you shave the day before your mani-pedi, you'll be fine.