We are not scientists but with the seasonal change it posed a question as to whether you should change your shower habits with these change in seasons?
After a bit of research the research shows your shower regimen should be seasonal
The nine most common mistakes you make in shower in the winter appear to be:
- Taking long, hot showers - A nice steamy shower after a long day in 'subzero' temperatures sounds like a good idea, but it comes at a cost. “Taking too long of a shower can dry out our skin and lead to itchiness,”. Try to limit your shower time to five to seven minutes and keep the temperature below 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything higher can strip the skin of its essential moisture and deplete the natural protective barrier of your skin, which can lead to impairments in the skin’s moisture. This is the healthiest temperature for your shower, according to science.
- Showering too often - It’s no secret that cold temperatures and cold wind can take a toll on your skin, but so can showering too often leading to dryness, redness, and irritation of the skin, and could even precipitate skin conditions such as eczema,. Based on your activity level, showering every day may be overkill. For the average adult, showering every other day is sufficient to cleanse the skin without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture.
- Using the wrong cleanser - Drop the bar soap as they could strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness, opt for a rich, soap-free formula. For an extra moisturising dose, finish with an in-shower lotion that you apply and rinse off in the shower.
- Washing hair too frequently - Like the body, hair does not need to be washed every day. Instead, opting for every other to every third-day regimen of shampooing and conditioning. If oily roots are a problem, use a little dry shampoo for a cleaner hair in seconds.
- Shampooing too vigorously - Oil is produced from the scalp around the roots of our hair, so concentrate shampoo on the scalp to about mid hair shaft and you don’t need to scrub it too harshly. Scrubbing your scalp too hard can cause irritation, inflammation, and even bleeding, along with the risk of infection.
- Skipping conditioner - Lack of humidity in winter not only dries out your skin, but it can suck moisture from your strands too so it’s important to increase the moisture factor of your shampoo and conditioner in the winter to help reduce static and flyaways. The ends of your hair receive the least amount of natural oil, which travels down from the scalp, so they need the most hydration.
- Drying off too roughly - This is your body, so you don’t want to dry yourself so roughly that you actually damage your skin so patting yourself dry with a soft towel, rather than rubbing vigorously which risks irritation and over-exfoliation. Don’t forget to moisturise right after towelling off to lock in hydration.
- Moisturising wrong - Frequent showering combined with winter weather can lead to dryness, which can compromise the skin’s barrier function, leading to overly sensitive skin and exacerbating skin conditions such as eczema. The solution is to use a ceramide-based moisturiser which actually repairs the skin’s natural barrier. The best time to moisturise skin is right after you shower when your skin is still damp. When it comes to how much moisturiser you need for your entire body, she recommends a shot glass full.
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