It may be part of your daily routine, but are you doing it right? And in the age of COVID-19, should you refine this routine? Showering can be the first thing you do every morning or the last before bed. It’s a basic, daily habit that you probably don’t even think twice about.
We shower to help remove dead skin cells, as well as to remove fat , dirt, sweat and bacteria. Plus, grease feeds bacteria, so when you wash both of them, you also reduce the risk of skin infections. But showering too long can contribute to dry, itchy skin, as well as eczema.
As you’ll see, proper showering is not just turn on the water, jump in the shower, lather up, rinse off and pat dry. And as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’re all wondering how and how often to wash. From the water temperature to the products you use and when, here are a few ways to make sure you’re not wrong while showering.
1. Showering at the wrong temperature
Very cold showers are not necessarily the most pleasant. They will probably wake you up, but won’t help you relax. On the other hand, a hot, scalding shower is not the solution either. Hot water causes your body to lose its natural “oil”.
This makes your skin dull, dry and ultimately itchy. The best solution is usually somewhere in the middle. A lukewarm shower temperature is best to avoid dry skin problems, such as eczema. Choose a comfortable temperature, without steam.
2. Showering too long
Standing under running hot water can be pleasant. But staying there too long can harm your skin. As with hot water, a longer shower causes the skin to lose more “oil” and therefore more moisture. If you find that you have problems with dry skin, give up taking a daily shower and if you do take it, limit it to five minutes.
3. Washing with a shower flower or washcloth
shower flowers are a great way to minimize the using your shower gel. You can definitely get away with using less product while lathering your whole body. Additionally, they can act as a reservoir of bacteria and can also irritate sensitive or dry skin. Likewise, washcloths can too, especially if you don’t clean them thoroughly. Simply lather with your hands.
4. Use an aggressive cleaner
At this time, with the COVID-pandemic-, we were thinking much to the best way to clean and disinfect oneself. However, be aware that plain soap and water kills the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes antibacterial soaps, non-antibacterial soaps, natural soaps, shampoos, and any other soap-based product. There is no reason to look for something more aggressive.
5. Washing her in the correct order: soaping before shampooing
The optimal order for washing in the shower would be: Shampoo, rinse, apply conditioner, wash body, then rinse out conditioner and body wash at the same time.
Following this order in the shower means that washing removes any hair conditioner and conditioner from your skin . As for shaving, if you save it for the end, your hair will be softer thanks to the heat, water and steam and easier to eliminate.
6. Take a shower (only) in the morning
There is no better time of day to take a shower than in the morning. It depends on your schedule and personal preferences. Remember that a shower in the morning can help you feel more awake. Don’t ignore, however, the potential benefits of a shower before bedtime.
For one thing, a hot shower of 10 minutes, one to two hours before bedtime, helps you fall asleep faster. When your body cools down from the heat of the shower, it’s more prone to letting go. Another potential benefit of a nighttime shower: If you are allergic, taking a bath before bed will wash the pollen from your hair and skin and flush it down the drain.
Finally, given the pandemic, use your shower as an extra precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Because soap and water can kill the coronavirus that causes illness. If you work in a place where you are in contact with many people in a confined space, it is good to take a shower as soon as you return home and before greeting your family.
7. Showering too often
Not everyone needs to shower daily. Especially during the colder winter months when you probably sweat less and your skin tends to be drier. In fact, a few times a week may be enough. If you exercise or have a dirty job and feel like you need to shower twice a day, a quick rinse once and a full shower the other time. You don’t get so dirty as adults. Focus on your “dirty parts” like armpits and groin, and you’re good to go.
Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information given can not replace the advice of a health professional.
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