8 Common shower mistakes that ruin your skin
-Jun 6, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
If you want to look after your skin you’ll need to bid farewell to those long, hot showers and give your watery morning or evening beauty regime an overhaul. We take a look at why…
Showering sounds so simple. You turn the water on, you lather up, rinse off and get out. But it turns out the regime you may have been following for the last two decades or more might be wreaking havoc on your skin.
From the way you wash to when you shave your legs how you beautify yourself in the shower can directly impact the health of your skin. So if you want to walk away from your soak with healthy, hydrated skin you might want to quit these harmful habits.
Can you shower for too long?
Those luxurious long and relaxing showers unfortunately aren’t doing your skin much good. Spending an extensive time under those pleasurable water droplets could be drying your skin out. Try to stick to between 5 and 15 minutes instead.
Why hot showers are bad for your skin
The hotter the better! Sadly not. Showering in too hot water can strip the oils from your skin causing it to dry out. Lukewarm water might not be as exhilarating as a piping hot shower, but your skin will thank you for it.
Do showers clean your skin as well as a bath?
You might think you’ve washed yourself from head to toe but actually there’s an area that is all too often forgotten about, your neck! When it comes to keeping the wrinkles at bay, caring for the skin between your head and your torso is just as important as looking after the skin on your face. Remember to wash it as often as the rest of your body. Don’t forget to lather it in Lumity Facial Oil after your shower too.
Should you shave at the beginning of your shower?
Shaving at the end of a shower will yield much smoother results than if you do it at the beginning. By waiting for your body to be hydrated you’ll be able to shave much easier and without irritation.
Can you scrub too hard when you’re having a shower?
It can be tempting to have scrub or exfoliate vigorously, especially if you have dry skin you want to get rid of. But scrubbing too hard can actually strip away the natural oils and bacteria that protects your skin from eczema and acne. Try having a gentle dry brush before hopping in the shower. This will improve circulation, help smooth out cellulite and get rid of dry skin too.
You’re not cleaning your washcloth often enough
It shouldn’t just be you exiting the shower, your washcloth needs to leave every time too. Bacteria builds up on your cleaning products, especially in a hot and humid bathroom. So use a freshly laundered one every time you shower and remember to replace them every four weeks to avoid bacterial buildup.
Your soap is too harsh
Your favourite bar of beautifully fragranced soap might be behind your dry and irritated skin. Smelly soaps – meant in a good way – can be too harsh on skin. If your skin is irritated try switching to a moisturising body wash or fragrance free soap and see if that makes a difference.
How often should you clean or change your razor?
A dirty razor collects all manor of germs and bacteria which is then passed onto your skin. Nasty infections and skin ailments can be caused by using a grotty razor. So ensure they’re washed and changed regularly. One helpful tip to stop your razor going rusty is to rub it with olive oil after using it.