Ladies, they-dies, and gents, welcome to the ultimate showdown – it's your skin vs. your shower habits! Now, we all love a good shower – it's our personal oasis of relaxation and refreshment. But guess what? Your shower could secretly be plotting against your skin. In this guide, we're going to unveil some shower-time mishaps that can leave your skin feeling less than fab. So, fasten your loofahs and get ready to discover how to turn your shower into a skin-loving paradise.
1. Using Too Hot of Water:
There's nothing like a steaming hot shower to melt away stress, but it can also strip your skin and hair of their natural oils, leaving them dry and irritated. To strike the perfect balance, start with lukewarm water and gradually decrease the temperature until it's comfortably warm. You can even use a thermometer to find your ideal temperature and avoid the scalding heat that can harm your skin.
2. Scrubbing Too Hard:
Scrubbing your skin vigorously might make you feel cleaner, but it can have detrimental effects. Excessive scrubbing can damage your skin's protective barrier, leading to redness and irritation. Instead, use a gentle circular motion when exfoliating, and opt for softer brushes or sponges designed for this purpose. Be particularly cautious around open wounds or sensitive skin areas, as aggressive scrubbing can worsen the condition.
3. Staying in the Shower for Too Long:
Long, steamy showers might be soothing, but they can also be detrimental to your skin and hair. Prolonged exposure to hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable. It's also an unnecessary waste of water. To strike a balance between relaxation and conservation, set a timer for your shower or invest in a shower timer to monitor your water usage.
4. Neglecting to Moisturise:
One of the most common post-shower mistakes is skipping the moisturising step. After a shower, your skin is clean but also primed to lock in moisture. A nourishing moisturiser helps prevent dryness, keeps your skin soft, and protects against environmental damage. Our Sundae Body Whips, when used post-shower, are the perfect companions for this task, leaving your skin hydrated and delicately scented.
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5. Using an Old Razor / Leaving Your Razor in the Shower:
If you're using a rusty, old razor, it's time to toss it out. Old razors can cause nicks, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. Leaving your razor in the damp, humid environment of the shower can accelerate rusting and dulling. For a smooth, irritation-free shave, use a fresh, sharp razor and store it in a dry area outside the shower.
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6. Washing Your Face:
The skin on your face is more delicate and has different needs than the skin on your body. Washing your face in the shower can expose it to hot water and harsh cleansers, leading to dryness and breakouts. Instead, wash your face separately with a gentle, face-specific cleanser, and be sure to follow up with your regular skincare routine.
7. Bathing in a Dirty Tub:
Your shower or bathtub might look clean, but hidden bacteria and mold can thrive in these moist environments. Make sure to regularly clean and disinfect your shower or tub to ensure a healthy bathing experience. A clean shower will also contribute to healthier skin and prevent skin issues caused by exposure to grime and bacteria.
By following these showering do's and don'ts, you'll transform your daily shower into a nurturing and revitalizing experience for your skin. So, step into the shower confidently, knowing you're taking the best care of your skin. And if you want to enhance your post-shower routine, don't forget to check out our Whipped Shower foams for that extra touch of luxury and hydration.
Happy Sundae x
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Written By: Lizzie Waley (Sundae Co-Founder & Body Care Enthusiast) | LinkedIn
Fact Checked: Charnnie Frimpong (Sundae Content Marketing Manager) | Linkedin