beauty insider: shower power

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ARE YOU SHOWERING PROPERLY?

Silly question but you may be shocked at how much you’ve (likely) been doing it wrong.


The Water Temperature Is WAY Too Hot: Hot showers can strip the skin of its natural oils and leave it dry and flaky. They can even make common problems like eczema worse. Aside from your harming skin, scorching water can cause hair loss or dandruff. Instead, take short, tepid showers to prevent damaging your skin and hair.

You’re Washing Your Face in The Shower: Skin experts recommed washing your face at the sink. {You can gauge the temperature more effectively} and should use lukewarm to cold water, which is better for delicate faces. The steamy temps we tend toward in the shower can be damaging to delicate facial skin, lukewarm water is totally fine—and a splash of cold water helps seal pores.

You’re Not Wearing Mud Masks While You Shower: We love a good mud mask, but the truth is most can be drying. The best time to indulge in one is while you shower. The steam opens up your pores, which allows the mask to give you a deeper clean, and the moisture in the air prevents it from hardening and dehydrating your skin.

You’re Not Replacing Loofahs / Washing Washcloths Often Enough: Washcloths and loofahs collect bacteria and grow mold that you sometimes can’t see, which can spread rashes and cause dry patches, breakouts and even sores. If you use a loofah, hang it outside of your moisture-filled shower to dry completely in between uses and replace it at least once a month. If you prefer washcloths, use a fresh one every day and throw them in the laundry every week.

You’re Shaving First: If you hop in the shower and immediately grab your razor, it’s time to rethink your routine. In order to get the closest shave and reduce your chances of ingrown hairs, give your legs five minutes to soak up some steam. This lets your pores open up and ensures the hair is softened, leaving you with the smoothest legs possible.

You’re Using Soap: We know what you’re thinking: “How else would I get clean?” Soap can actually strip skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry and itchy. Instead, use a soap-free body wash to cleanse skin without drying it out.

{Source: Byrdie}


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