There are few things in this world that feel better than taking a long, hot shower after a long day. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that a hot shower can cure just about anything. Well, not really, but it seems that way sometimes! Unfortunately, the things we love the most are always bad for us, because life is cruel like that. According to experts, it turns out that taking hot showers is actually pretty terrible for your skin.
You might have already noticed this, but every time you get out of a hot shower, chances are your skin is covered in red splotches. If you took a hot enough shower, your skin might even be a little itchy.
Consequences. Unfortunately, these are the side effects of taking long, hot showers. No matter how good they may feel, they actually aren’t safe for your skin. According to Elite Daily, the hot temperatures can starve your skin of its natural oils and mess with your natural moisture.
Dry skin. Not to mention if you’re already suffering from a skin condition, taking hot showers can trigger it. Hot water can leave your skin feeling extremely dry, especially when you’re using soap and other products.
Oils. “Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin and eventually eczema. Similarly, hot water can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to be drier, and if you color your hair, it can cause the color to fade faster,” said Dr. Sejal Shah, as reported by Women’s Health.
Blood pressure. Even more concerning is the damage that this hot water is doing underneath your skin. According to Women’s Health, the heat causes your body to drop blood pressure, meaning you could start feeling a little woozy in the shower, which could be extremely dangerous.
Be aware. Granted, we don’t expect you to start taking below freezing showers. However, it’s important to know the risks you’re putting yourself in so that you can limit yourself to the amount of time you spend in the shower.
Lotion. In order to keep your skin from drying out after a shower, be sure to lotion up while your skin is still slightly damp. Taking hot showers can also be a good opportunity to wash your face, as the steam opens up your pores, allowing all the dirt to seep out.
Time. Make sure you’re also timing the amount of time you spend under the water. Not only will spending too much time in the shower seriously damage your skin, but you’re also racking up a high water bill.
Short showers. Many people tend to spend up to half an hour in the shower, but you should be spending less than half that time in the shower. “You shouldn’t shower for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Shorter is better,” says Dr. Patricia Farris, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Hair washing. So what other possible shower mistakes could you be making and have no idea about? According to experts, washing your hair daily is a huge no no, and if this is a habit you have, you should probably reconsider.
Balance. “Someone with thin, fine or delicate hair should avoid shampooing too frequently—no more than two times a week should help maintain the natural oil production while achieving moisture balance,” says expert Andrea L. Hayden, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Frequency. Hayden continues to explain that people with thick and curly hair should be washing their hair even less frequently—once a week to be exact. This is because it takes longer for your hair to get oily.
Texture. “Coarse texture or natural curly hair takes longer to establish a good amount of natural oils, so shampooing can be pushed back to once a week. A person could refresh the hair/scalp mid-week, if necessary, by simply applying a conditioner and rinsing thoroughly,” said Hayden, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Keep in mind. So there you have it! These are the things you should be keeping in mind when you shower so that you can maintain healthy skin and hair!