Going a day without showering seems gross in theory, but we’ve all done it. Hell, after decades of daily bathing, skipping a few rounds is downright recommended by most experts these days. And while we know how to shower—and that scrubbing ’til you’re squeaky clean is a no go—but what else could you be doing wrong? According to our experts, you might be making some in-shower mistakes that can lead to the dry, cracked or inflamed skin we all dread.
Start moisturizing your skin while still in the shower, check if your water is hard or soft; Often, we blame the length of our shower time and the wrong products for dry, rough skin. Yet, an even bigger problem stems from your water quality. “If your water leaves soap scum on your tub or sink, you most likely have hard water.
Typically not harmful to your health, hard water carries extra minerals, like calcium and magnesium, hindering soaps to lather poorly causing overuse of products. Other effects of hard water include an invisible “film” on the skin causing dryness, dull or limp hair.
CHECK THE FABRIC OF YOUR TOWEL:
Stretching out laundry days is another no-no according to our experts. “Towels and washcloths that touch the face should be washed after each use. “Body washcloths and towels can go three to four uses before washing.” And your favorite skin sloughing loofahs and sponges can become a breeding ground for nasty bacteria, so make sure to toss those within two months, tops.
When it comes to your skin, don’t skimp on your fabric choice either.