What shouldn't you do in the shower?

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Why you shouldn't wash your face under the shower

Here's a look at why this common habit is dangerous.

Many people start their mornings not with coffee, but with a hot shower, and everyone takes it differently: some people wash their hair first, others put body care first, and some prefer to wash their face first. But few people know that the habit of washing in the shower not only reduces your time to gather, but also the chances to have a healthy face.

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Dermatologists strongly advise against washing your face under the shower, and there are several reasons for this. Fans of holistic shower treatments need not worry: you don't have to give up your favorite ritual forever, but you will have to make adjustments to it.

The water in the shower is too hot

Most people wash under hot water. If you use the sink to wash, you'll notice that the water temperature you choose is significantly different. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you only wash with warm water. Water in the shower is likely to be over the limit. There's nothing wrong with hot water, but it dries your face too much.

"High temperatures cause blood vessels to dilate. Hot water also destroys the skin's protective lipid layer, which helps keep your skin healthy," says dermatologist Self Joshua Zeichner.

What to do: If you can't imagine your mornings without showering, be sure to adjust the water temperature first. Warmer water will reduce the risks of the shower affecting your facial skin.

Too much water pressure in the shower.

When you use the sink to wash your face, you draw water into your hands or take a special brush. Whereas in the shower, you simply point the stream of water at your face. This action has devastating consequences.

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"The water pressure is often too strong for the delicate skin on your face. This may sound like a minor thing, but it's more serious than that. Standing straight under the shower while washing is like applying moisturizer to your face in a harsh motion, deliberately pulling your skin down," notes beauty expert Hannah Nathanson.

What to do: Keep your face away from strong water pressure. Use your favorite face washcloth to wash your face, or just draw water into your hands.

You spend too much time in the shower.

The American Academy of Dermatology says that a shower should ideally last five to ten minutes. But when you add facials to that time, that range increases. And the longer you stay in the water, the more it harms your skin.

"The longer you shower, the more you dry out your face. Ceramides and other lipids help retain moisture in the skin. But there's a problem: they dissolve in water. So if you like to spend more than 10 minutes in the shower, you're literally washing these beneficial substances away," says dermatologist Justin Hextall.

What to do: This might sound like an impossible mission for some, but to keep your facial skin healthy, you need to learn how to spend less time in the shower. For example, set a timer on your phone and jump out of the water as soon as it beeps.

Shampoo and conditioner harm your facial skin.

When you wash your hair, shampoo and conditioner often run down your face. This irritates the skin. Even residue from soap, shower gel and other body care products can have a negative effect on facial skin.

"Shampoos cause the acid-alkaline balance of facial skin to increase. This leads to dry skin," adds Hextall.

What to do: Use natural shampoos without sulfates or parabens. Also, always rinse all products off your face thoroughly.

"Placing the face under a stream of hot showers, many people do not even think that it may have a negative effect," says Hannah Nathanson, beauty expert

The first and main danger is inconspicuous injuries. While the benefit of strong jets of water is a massage for the whole body with anti-cellulite effect, such procedure is very harmful for the face. The water pressure from the shower has an unevenly traumatic effect on the steamed skin. In addition, capillaries may appear on the face, forming a net under the pressure of the jet of water from the shower and high temperatures.

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Moreover, during the shower we use different gels, scrubs, shampoos, which get on the susceptible skin of the face. However, the composition of products does not match the needs of the epidermis in the facial area. Of course, the degree of water also matters for the face. It should be slightly warm, otherwise the skin becomes dry and flaky, the protective barrier is washed away, and the sebaceous glands are activated.

It is contraindicated to use sponges and body brushes for the face, as they are home to bacteria and germs and can damage the epidermis. Dead cells removed from the surface of the body by it, settle between the bristles or in the material, and provoke the development of pathogenic bacteria. For the face there are many special sponges, sponges and brushes that enhance the impact and effectiveness of cosmeceuticals.

Sometimes it is simple mistakes in self-care that cause problematic skin, rashes, premature wrinkles and the need for expensive procedures in the pursuit of beauty and health.

Hadr water and health of your skin

In addition to all of the above, the damage to the health of your skin face and whole body can cause too hard water.
The problem of hard water is very common. But there is a simple and effective way to combat hard water - install a shower head filter.
A shower head filter effectively softens tap water and removes excess salts and harmful substances from it. Cleaned water in the shower filter does not dry the skin and hair, as well as much faster gives a feeling of freshness and purity.
Read a mini review of AquaHomeGroup shower filters here.


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