Bamboozled by These Showering Myths (Series)
Posted On Jun 03, 2016
Showers feel scrumptious, and we can’t live a day without them. They make us squeaky clean and have us smelling delicious. But, what if we said you are showering all wrong? First, we’ve exposed you to diet myths. This time, we have showering myths that will probably change your morning and night routines forever.
Myth: SHOWER EVERY DAY
Many of us will not leave our homes without feeling clean or smelling good, so we shower every single day. The funny thing is you’re not supposed to. Showering every day strips away “good bugs” that help fight off infections raising the risk of infections. It also strips away your natural oils and can lead to dry skin and conditions such as eczema. It’s recommended that we shower every other day while washing our hands and private parts often.
Myth: THE LONGER THE SHOWER, THE CLEANER YOU ARE
Showering too long can strip away the moisture from the skin. The longer the shower, the drier your skin becomes. It is recommended to shower for no more than 20 minutes and to moisturize right after while pores are open.
Myth: SOAP & HAND SANITIZER REMOVE GERMS
Dr. Robyn Chukan, author of The Microbiome Solution, says “washing with anything other than water is largely unnecessary as the only places that need daily soaping are the armpits and the groin.” Mild soap with organic ingredients is recommended since most antibacterial soaps are filled with harsh chemicals that strip away the good bacteria on the skin. The rest of the body should be rinsed with water and hands should be washed regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Dr. Chukan believes hand sanitizer isn’t necessary as the majority of microbes on the skin are not germs that cause serious infections.
Myth: WASH YOUR FACE IN THE SHOWER
Washing your face directly under hot water can over-cleanse, irritate, and dry out the skin. Cupping the water to your face is cooler to the skin and will close the pores for stimulating circulation. Make sure you’re not using harsh facial cleansers as this can also be very drying.
Myth: USING A POUF IS BEST
Poufs scrub off dead skin cells but end up building bacteria within. It is not recommended to use one because it over-exfoliates the skin making it susceptible to infections. However, if you just have to use one, replace them every two months and keep them clean by microwaving them for 1 minute while wet.
Myth: REUSE A RAZOR UNTIL YOU CAN’T ANYMORE
Moist blades can collect mold, causing irritation to the skin and ingrown hairs. It’s best to replace them as soon as you notice it drags against the skin. If you don’t replace them regularly, at least try soaking them in vinegar every two weeks and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Rinse razors in hot water after every use and try to keep them dry.
Experts have warned us about these simple mistakes, but how many of us are actually going to stop showering every day?