Are You Showering Properly?

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.
  • Moisturize.

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

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