Bad bathroom habits are more common than you think. We understand there’s nothing like taking a long bath, washing your hair and relaxing in your bathrobe. But did you know that these seemingly harmless tasks could be really damaging to your skin?
For example, scrubbing your feet every day after you shower is very important. Due to how much dirt flows from your body to your feet you’re at risk of foot fungus and bacteria. Simply taking a few minutes to wash them after a shower can go a long way in caring for your feet.
We bet you didn’t know that huh? Here are 5 more bad bathroom habits we can bet you didn’t know either.
1. Leaving your sponge in the shower
It is very common for us to hang our sponges somewhere in the bathroom after a bath. But did you know that if you don’t rinse off your sponge well and ensure it’s dry, it could lead to skin issues? When your sponge is wet, it creates the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria to thrive. Ensure your sponge is not only rinsed properly but also rung dry and stored in a clean place.
2. Cleaning your body too harshly
We get it, you want to be dry. But harshly or vigorously drying your skin isn’t great for your skin at all. This could lead to the dry and irritated skin which could lead to excessive dryness and acne. Most people prefer to air dry the body but that isn’t great either as it could lead to chaffing.
The solution is to use a fluffy cotton towel and pat your skin dry as opposed to rubbing.
3. Delaying moisturizing after showers
You know those times when you step out of the shower, into a bathrobe and on to the sofa? Yea, you need to stop that. When you’re done bathing, and your skin is still damp, it is in the best condition to receive a moisturizer. So as soon as you step out of the shower, grab that lotion and do your skin some good before catching up with Power.
4. Taking long showers
We know, this is a huge bummer. But it is for your own good. Experts suggest that taking shorter baths are much better for the skin. Long baths where your skin starts to shrivel up can lead to loss of natural oil in the skin. Instead, keep your baths between 5 – 10 minutes and you’re good to go.
5. Using only hot water
if you’re a fan of hot showers, nothing do you. But be sure to blast your skin with cold water right before you step out of the shower. This simple trick has been linked to increased tolerance to stress, fat burning and has anti-depressing effects.
These bad bathroom habits are only a few and have loads of comrades you’re probably still doing.
Take a step back from your daily routine and examine which parts need to go. And check out something else about showering that will shock you!