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These Common Shower Mistakes Are Damaging Your Skin

These Common Shower Mistakes Are Damaging Your Skin

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 

2021 is the year of avoiding anything that doesn't bring goodness to our lives and that includes skincare products with a high concentration of alcohol or unnecessary, synthetic fragrance. Harsh products can strip the skin from its natural oils and can leave the skin red and tight post-shower. Taking all that into consideration - we got you! Our Body Polish was created for this very reason. It's jam-packed with some of our favourite ingredients, one of them being Buriti Oil which is known for its healing and hydration properties. Polish is an exfoliating foam that promotes a clear and hydrated look by sloughing away any dead skin cells. It is formulated with natural wax beads to penetrate the skin more deeply while increasing cell turnover to help produce collagen.

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!

Moisturizing Is Key 

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Showering in hot water may feel like a warm hug but instead, it is stripping away all the natural oils on your skin making it harder to hydrate. Locking moisture in is such a key element to keeping your skin healthy. That's why it's important to moisturize during and after a shower. Our Body Cleanser is enriched with natural moisturizing factors that are formulated to soften your skin while you scrub! And when you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp, that's the optimal time to apply your body lotion. We recommend Body Silk with its combo of 2% niacinamide, caffeine, squalane, and fruit/nut extracts combine to add hydration back into the skin and lock it in. Applying this alongside Body Therapy will result in that extra firm and hydrated outcome. 

Applying a Face Mask After Your Shower

We all know that feeling of pure joy after taking a shower. Our muscles are relaxed, our hair is clean and all we want to do is throw on a face mask, grab a snack and Netflix for the foreseeable future. We’re here to set the record straight that applying a face mask after a shower isn’t actually the best approach. As you already know, we're obsessed with Mask and we are always finding new ways to get the most out of it. That's why we strongly suggest applying it before your shower. Here's what we do: run hot water and allow it to steam up your shower. Before hopping in, decrease the shower temperature and let the warm steam air open up your pores. Then gently wash away your mask (at the appropriate water temperature!). This will help Mask penetrate deeper into the skin, leaving you with an even brighter complexion. Don't forget to moisturize immediately post-shower!

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