Common Showering Mistakes You Should Avoid

Every human being (and especially every adult) uses a shower at some point every day. But, in the process of keeping your skin clean to avoid odor and dirtiness, you may wind up creating certain harms to your body, which is something that few people are aware of.

According to WebMD, here are the common showering mistakes you should avoid.

One, taking too many showers each day. It’s not necessarily good for your skin to take a bath every day unless it’s extremely hot outside or you’ve been working up a good sweat; doing so can strip the skin of its natural oils and beneficial bacteria, leaving it dry, itchy, and vulnerable to infection from germs.

It’s advised that you take a shower at least several times every week.

2. Using the wrong type of soap. Both harmful and helpful bacteria can be eliminated with antibacterial soaps. The same is true for harsh soap, which can exacerbate skin dryness.

To keep your skin healthy, use a gentle soap that has oil or moisturizer added to it.

3. Using a towel that hasn’t been washed in a while.

Moist towels are a breeding ground for germs like viruses, bacteria, yeast, and mold. Toenail and wart fungus can be transmitted by a single dirty towel.

It’s important to wash your towel regularly (at least once a week) and let it dry completely before using it again.

4. Bathing often with hot water.

While a hot shower may feel good on your skin at first, it can actually strip away the body’s natural oils, leaving your skin dry and uncomfortable.

If you must take a bath, use warm water and keep the time restriction between 5 and 10 minutes.

5: Over-washing your hair (for women).

If your scalp doesn’t get oily easily, you probably don’t need to wash your hair every day.

6. Failing to set up a grab bar.

Holding onto this in the event the floor gives way while taking a shower can save your life.

7. Not cleaning your shower head. It’s possible for bacteria to thrive in your shower head, and those germs could end up floating about in your bath steam.

8. Putting soap where it doesn’t belong.

While you should use soap when washing your entire body, it is not necessary to do so every time. Just wash your face, hands, feet, and armpits with soap.

9. Always covering up a scrape or cut.

Little cuts don’t need to be covered or left dry when taking a bath, as the water and soap can actually help cure the wounds.

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