You step out of the shower feeling clean and refreshed but all that steam could indicate you’ve done more damage than good. According to a recently published fact sheet from Princeton University, bathing with warm, tepid water is best for your skin but there’s a whole lot more you can do to improve it. Your skin is a living organ that has the ability to heal itself when damaged but you shouldn’t send skin out into battle alone. I’m a makeup artist and skin care consultant; I see firsthand how bad we tend to treat our skin. Clean, moisturize and protect the skin regularly to keep it in top-notch shape. For even stronger skin, avoid these shower mistakes.
Never Use Body Products on Your Face
Here’s a familiar scenario: You’re enjoying a comforting shower but reach for the facial cleanser only to find it’s empty-or missing. What are your choices? Hmm…you’ve got bar soap or shower gel. The bad news is either choice is the wrong choice. Bar soaps are loaded with fats that love filling up your pores. Shower gels will dry you out quickly. What’s the lesson? Don’t use body products on your face. That’s a big but common mistake.
Reschedule the Shower Line Up
Typically, my shower routine begins before I step into the shower with eye makeup removal. Once I step into the water, my first inclination is to wash my face first before I shampoo but that’s actually not a good idea. Why? Some voluptuous conditioners do a great job of putting moisture back into your hair but they can leave the skin around your hairline oily. That’s a problem if this is a problem area for bumps or breakouts. Here’s the recommended procedure shampoo, condition and then cleanse your face.
Are You In Too Long?
In today’s culture, it’s just natural to hop in a shower when you need it. We’re not bathing in rivers today. However, spending too long in the shower can harm your skin, even if you only use warm water. Why? It’s the chlorine! Healthline says, “Chlorine is a chemical that is used to prevent bacteria from growing in water, as well as for sanitation for sewage and industrial waste.” So what does that mean for you and I? On human skin, chlorine tends to have an oxidizing affect. This chemical separates hydrogen from water, releasing hydrogen chloride. You can’t avoid showering but do limit your time in the shower to 10 minutes or less per session.
Don’t make these shower mistakes. Treat your skin with good care and plenty of love.