It isn’t rocket science but, apparently, there is a right way to shower.
According to Emily Slawek of Yahoo news, while it isn’t life-threatening, how you shower can have a positive, or negative, effect on your skin and gives a few tips.
- Don’t shower too often. If you’re not active, you can cut back to a few times a week. Just don’t cut back so much that you smell, or risk letting skin infections take hold.
- Keep it short. According to Dr. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist, Water exposure can lead to dry skin and hair. A longer shower also “gives the water a chance to allow any cleansers to be more damaging.
- Stay cool. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so stick to a lukewarm — or cooler — shower.
- Don’t wash your hair too much. Hair is made of dead skin cells — it just doesn’t need as much washing as the rest of our skin.
- But don’t wash your hair too little either. Washing hair less often has become such a trend that dermatologists say some people are overdoing it, causing a scalp buildup of dandruff.
- Focus on the dirtiest areas.
- Cleanse with care. Some experts say traditional soap can strip the oil from your skin. Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, suggests products labeled as “cleanser,” such as a moisturizing body wash.
- Start at the top.
- If you’re shaving, do it last.
- Pat yourself dry.
Our hair and skin are the first things people see and can give us a signal about other health issues, so take care of them!
Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad