While it might be tempting to take a steaming hot shower, especially after an exceptionally cold day, it could be one of the causes of your dry, winter skin. This could potentially lead to even more skincare mishaps. See, here’s the deal. We know that showering under hot water can irritate your skin by leaving it dry, flaking and itchy. The hot temperatures damage our keratin cells, of which the outer layer of the skin is made, which further prevents any moisture from locking-in. That's why it can sometimes feel like your skin remains dry and scaly, even after applying moisturizer. Showering in hot water is an obvious mistake but are you aware of any others you may be committing? We've uncovered the 4 most common shower mistakes that are causing damage to your skin.
Using Harsh Body Products
Using a Loofah
Although using a loofah may seem like a good idea in regards to physical exfoliation, it can actually harbour major bacteria and even mould. While it helps lather your products and slough away dead skin cells, if you don’t clean it properly (after every shower), it becomes the perfect home for bacteria growth. Try to let your loofah hang dry after every shower and replace your loofah every month. Better yet, consider using a washcloth that you can throw in the wash after every use - it'll be better for the environment and a more gentle physical exfoliation!