From staying in the shower too long to use of bath sponges, here are 3 sins of showering improperly.
To a lot of people, it is inconceivable that a person could shower wrong. How is that even possible?!
Well, according to skin care expert Kaye Scott, it IS possible. Here are our 3 list of “shower sins”:
1. Staying in the shower too long.
According to skin care expert Kaye Scott, the heat of the water, as well as the pressure, are wreaking havoc with your skin. She explained:
“A hot shower can cause and exacerbate fragile capillary networks in the cheeks, leading to unattractive, visible capillary networks and worsened impaired skin conditions.”
If you have ever noticed, your skin tend to become wrinkly after staying in the shower for a while. The water can strip the skin of protective oils; it can leave our skin dry resulting in unwanted wrinkles. Avoid this health hazard by using the shower for 15 minutes or less.
2. Use of unfiltered water damages sensitive skin
If you have a sensitive skin, you may need filtered or bottled water. It sounds like a lot of money, but it is a good investment. Simply install a filter into the bathroom to avoid increased cost of filtered water.
Dr. Laura Ishmail, an aesthetic doctor, said some water is ‘hard’ meaning it has high levels of calcium; this can irritate the skin of people with conditions like eczema. She noted:
“Some patients can’t shower in normal water and use Evian instead,” she said. “I wouldn’t advocate this as its too costly. ..You might want to think about installing water filters in their shower. Water filters might be softer against the skin for eczema. But I would also advocate not having a shower as often,'”she explained.
3. Failure to change your loofahs or bath sponges encourages bacterial growth
After using your sponge each day, you should squeeze out any excess water and hang it to dry. Remember that man-made materials will dry faster than natural ones, like loofahs or sea sponges. Dermatologists recommend you trash your bath sponge after three to four weeks; this is because it easily grows bacteria in its crevices; any other sponges should be replaced after 2-3 months.
J. Matthew Knight, M.D., an Floridan dermatologist, insists we should be ditching the netted sponges.
To MailOnline: “Many people believe they help keep skin squeaky clean but the mesh of the sponge can trap dead skin cells released when you scrub using the sponge. This then provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to more worrying health risks. Then, you put them in this environment in the shower that’s warm and moist and gross, and it’s a set up for bacteria, yeast, and mold to grow in the loofah.”