Skin Care

Shower Habits That Keep Your Skin Healthy

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Personal grooming for most of us is a deeply-entrenched routine in our lives. Wake up, brushing, washing, shaving, drying your hair, clipping your nails, etc. are all part and parcel of the regular upkeep for good personal hygiene. But sometimes we over do some of these things, which negatively impact our skin health. Here are some shower habits you should really adopt to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

  1. Take a shower in warm water instead of hot. Limit your time to no longer than 15 minutes and don’t forget to moisturize your body from head to toe after showering to keep your skin healthy and soft.
  2. After taking a shower, use a moisturizer or a serum that contains vitamins and emollients like Glycerine, Dimethicone, Vegetal Squalane and antioxidants. These work by creating a layer on the surface of the skin which traps water in. When skin is still damp, it is better able to absorb ingredients from your moisturizers. But be careful! Don’t wait until it’s completely dry. Always slather on lotion after bathing to reap the most benefits, not forgetting areas prone to dryness like elbows, legs, and feet.
  3. Wash your face twice a day, but do it gently. Whether your skin is oily or dry, it needs to be cleansed properly. Washing at night will remove makeup, dirt, and pollution that your skin encountered during the day. Washing in the morning can give you a clean sheet to work with (sunscreen, make up, etc.). Don’t use harsh scrubs or drying ingredients — they can make your skin dry or irritated. A gentle cleanser designed for the face should be all you need.
  4. Pay attention to your skin, so you’ll notice any changes. You should check your skin every day in the shower.
  5. Always wash your razors and shavers!
  6. Scrub gently. Try to avoid over scrubbing in the bath, because that will strip your skin of oil and good bacteria, which could then lead to bacne (body acne)
  7. Skip the antibacterial soap. Anti-bacterial soap tends to be rather harsh on the skin and will dry up the natural oils that form a protective layer. This is especially bad to use if you have sensitive skin.
  8. Skip a shower as often as you can. This may not seem like appealing advice but the more time you have in between showers the better. Skip a shower for a whole day once or twice a week, especially in the winter. Allow your skin to produce and maintain its natural oils. Or if this does not appeal to you, make your shower extra short on some days.
  9. Use shampoos that contain mostly natural ingredients. Most commercial products contain synthetic chemicals, petrochemicals, and various dyes and artificial colouring, all of which are un-natural chemicals, making them extremely bad for your health.
  10. Don’t use a washcloth on delicate areas like the mucous membranes. Use a soft sponge instead to massage your skin gently. By using a glycerine soap and sponge and in moving in one direction towards your heart, you’ll make sure to keep all the protective layers of cells and oil intact.
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