Tips To Take A Shower The Right Way

While we are often told about the right way to brush, is there a right way to shower? Indeed, many of us are prone to making mistakes that can impact our hygiene routine. Here are some helpful tips to avoid them:

1. Consider losing the loofah

Many dermatologists strongly recommend against using a loofah. It can be a helpful addition to your shower initially — but over time, it can harbor dead skin cells and all kinds of bacteria. This is because the bathing accessory is very porous and is often left in a moist environment.

However, if you do want to continue using a loofah, make sure you clean it regularly and allow it to dry every day. The Cleveland Clinic advises people to not use it on their face or genital area, adding that it must be replaced whenever it develops a "mildewy" or "musty" odor.

2. Limit the temperature and duration

As tempting as it may be to spend a long time in the shower, you should keep it short. Five to 10 minutes should be adequate unless you need extra time to shave. This will reduce your chances of developing dry and itchy skin. Experts note that temperature is another factor to consider here.

"Warm water is best for a shower to be comfortable without drying out the skin," Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, told Teen Vogue. "Avoid using very hot water because it strips the skin of its natural oils."

3. Do not ignore your scalp

How often should you wash your hair? The answer varies based on how much sebum you produce, which influences how quickly your scalp turns greasy between washes.

"People often neglect scalp washing so that they don't dry out the hair. This can lead to a buildup of scalp oils that lead to flaking and redness," Dr. Lauren Ploch, a board-certified dermatologist with the American Academy of Dermatology, told NBC News.

Make sure to scrub the scalp and the nape of the neck, not just your hair. People who have colored hair should take advice from their stylist on washing and conditioning as they are at higher risk of experiencing dryness.

4. Follow a good post-shower routine

Remember to gently pat your skin dry with a clean towel, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Rubbing, on the other hand, can irritate your skin and strip away some of the essential moisture.  

You should also apply your lotion or moisturizer within a couple of minutes after stepping out of the shower to help lock in moisture. Opt for fragrance-free products and use it twice a day if you have dry skin or have to be exposed to cold weather.