Shower Mistakes That Cause Dry Skin. Are These Common Shower Mistakes Wrecking Your Skin?
Sometimes it feels like there should be a red carpet leading up to your shower. There should be a velvet rope at the door and an usher to move aside the curtain so that you could step in. The steam from the already running water should greet you with a smile before the water pellets embrace you in a warm hug.
No one can blame you if you stay in there a few minutes longer and turn up the heat just a little more. But there’s just one problem with that – you’re wrecking your skin.
Showers are supposed to be easy. Wake up, turn the water on, soap, rinse, hang out for another seven minutes while you contemplate the inner workings of your entire existence and then dry off and find your clothes. But it might be time that you take another look at your shower routine because it might be the very reason that your skin isn’t looking refreshed. A poor shower routine can cause dry skin, irritation and even body acne.
The shower is supposed to be a sacred place so we talked to dermatologist Dr. Jared Jagdeo about the daily washroom missteps that can lead to everything from dry skin to can.
You’re Showering For Too Long
Yes, spending 20 minutes in the shower is can be a glorious reward to a long day or a perfect method for easing into your morning. It feels so good. But you may need to discover another way to find your zen. Skin care experts recommend taking short showers, lasting 5 to 10 minutes to avoid drying out your skin. In fact, Dr. Jagdeo suggested less than five minutes when possible.
So avoid doing all your shaving in the shower or taking extra time luxuriating with your shampoo or using shower time to plan your out day’s activities while your fingertips start pruning.
The Water Is Too Hot
Is your skin red when you get out of the shower? Are you playing double-dutch with the water stream before you get in. Dr. Jagdeo warns against taking hot showers in order to project the natural moisture of your skin. Hot showers strip away your body’s natural oil barrier, which the body needs to keep your skin moist and smooth. In a Wall Street Journal report, Dr. Melissa Piliang of the Cleveland Clinic suggested the perfect temperature of which to shower is 112 degrees Fahrenheit of lower in order to wash away dirt and bacteria.
You’re Not Moisturizing
“The number one mistake I find men make in the shower is using harsh soaps and not moisturizing immediately after the shower,” said Dr. Jagdeo. What makes a soap harsh depends on the way your skin reacts to it so if the soap is leaves a filmy substance or dries out your skin, it’s time to find a new one. Dr. Jagdeo also advised against using any soap or cleansing product with heavy fragrances. He recommends Cetaphil Men Daily Clean Bar and using a moisturizing product with sun protection.
You’re Using The Wrong Soap
Everyone’s skin is different. The format of the soap – whether it’s liquid shower gel or bar soap – is less important than the ingredients. Stick to fragrance-free soaps, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you have dry skin, find a soap that includes glycerin, which is free of synthetic chemicals and retains moisture. Avoid soaps high acid content or pH value as well.
You’re Using A Wash Cloth
It’s not uncommon to reuse the same washcloth everyday and simply hang it up in the shower until the next shower. But that’s a bad call. First, scrubbing too hard with a washcloth can leave you skin red and irritated. Sure, using a washcloth is a great way to reach all your cracks, crevices and pertinent parts but leaving the wet rag in the moist environment such as the shower also fosters a breeding place for bacteria to thrive and then be reapplied to your skin and face.
Loofahs, sponges or any other applicators are no different. They all carry risk of fostering bacteria and spreading that to your skin and can even cause infections. Some applications may be too abrasive and form other microscopic skin injuries. Instead apply soap directly to your skin instead
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