Who among us doesn't love a good shower?
Whether after a long day or to start the day, showers area big part of our hygiene habits. But what if your habits in the shower and immediately after are actually harming your skin?
Even though we're cleaning the skin, there are other factors that we should consider to keep the skin healthy and flourishing forever. Here are a few habits to add to your shower time to cut back on skin challenges.
1. Use cooler water temperatures
I know, hot showers are everything. And they certainly have their purpose. Hot water opens the pores and is ideal for deep cleaning. The problem, however, is that hot showers can leave the pores open for too long which can cause dry skin and ingrown hairs. Try to use cool or lukewarm water, or let cold water run over you for a few minutes before getting out of the shower.
Exfoliating while in the shower does a lot for your skin. It unclogs the pores to prevent oil build-up and breakouts. Because your pores are clearer, your other skin products will work better. It also reduces acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and rough spots over time. It's good to exfoliate while in the shower when your pores are open for soft, glowing skin.
3. Moisturize immediately
How many of us towel off and hop right into our clothes after a shower? This is a very bad habit that causes dry, ashy, irritated skin. Once you are out of the shower, the water starts to evaporate on your skin, causing it to dry out. You need to apply an oil-based moisturizer to seal in the moisture and keep your skin soft.
4. Blot dry, not rough dry
Drying off too roughly can irritate the skin and take away necessary moisture. Instead, blot your skin gently and again, moisturize right away.
5. Wash your towels and loofahs often
Try not to use your towel or loofah more than twice before washing them or switching for a new one. And don't be afraid to wash your body with your hands :-)
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