While personal hygiene is essential, there are some common practices that you might engage in during showers that could be harmful to your body. It is important to note that individual preferences and sensitivities vary, so what might be suitable for one person may not be for another. However, here are some general suggestions:
1. Using harsh soaps or excessive scrubbing: However, using strong or heavily scented soaps can strip your skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin’s pH balance. It’s often recommended to use mild, fragrance-free soaps to avoid irritation.
2. Overwashing: Showering too frequently, especially with hot water, can lead to dry skin. It’s generally recommended to shower no more than once a day – if you live in cold regions like Europe and the Americas, and maybe twice a day if you live in warm regions like Africa; and also use lukewarm water because it is often better for the skin than hot water.
3. Scrubbing too vigorously: If you live in certain regions of the world, or do some sweaty jobs for a living, you may be tempted to scrub your body too hard, believing that you are washing away the dirt. However, scrubbing the skin too hard, especially with abrasive tools like loofahs or sponges, can lead to irritation and even microtears in the skin. It should be done in moderation.
4. Neglecting the feet: The feet are often overlooked in the shower. Failing to clean and dry between the toes can contribute to fungal infections. Use a mild soap and ensure proper drying. This can help maintain foot hygiene.
5. Using hot water on hair: While hot water can feel relaxing, it can strip the hair of natural oils and contribute to dryness and frizz. Lukewarm water is gentler on the hair.
6. Not moisturizing after showering: After showering, especially in hot water, the skin can lose moisture. Applying a moisturizer (lotion) helps to lock in hydration and keep the skin supple. Use a suitable lotion for your skin – your body will thank you, and you will smell good.
7. Washing your genitals with soap: This is perhaps the most important rule. While it’s important to clean your genital areas, using soaps or sponges is generally not recommended. The genital area is self-cleaning, so using gentle, lukewarm water to wash gently is usually sufficient.
It’s always a good idea to be mindful of your body’s needs and any specific conditions or sensitivities you may have. Follow these rules in your daily life and you are well on your way to great hygiene. If you have concerns about your shower routine or its impact on your skin and overall health, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist.