Our daily shower seems pretty straight forward, right? But odds are, at least one step in your well-meaning routine unintentionally leaves your skin or hair far worse off than before. These 5 common shower mistakes are likely culprits that unintentionally strip skin of oils and throw the skin’s pH balance out of whack. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! We caught up with an expert at SebaMed and they shared a few simple tips to optimize our cleaning routine and leave our body balanced and refreshed.
Mistake #1: Overdosing on Shampoo
93% of the country’s adults shampoo almost daily. But so much washing strips hair’s natural oils, drying and weakening the strands and irritating the scalp. Dermatologists recommend lathering up just three to four times per week (or less!) with just a dime sized dollop of soap free shampoo, and only rinsing hair on the other days.
Mistake #2: Washing with Soap and Hot Water
They may seem innocent, but traditional soap bars can have a pH of up to nine — leaving skin dry, tight and vulnerable to damage. Ditch the soap, and switch to a soap-free cleansing bar or soap-free milky cleanser for both the face and body.
Mistake #3: A Sudsy Shave
Shaving with foam and water alone may protect from cuts, but foam isn’t protective enough to defend against razor burn and redness, especially if you’re using hot water. If skin is dry, try using your hair conditioner as an alternative shaving aid — it hydrates and sinks deep within skin to prevent nicks, cuts and razor burn, but its smooth consistency won’t clog your razor, as long as you rinse.
Mistake #4: Using Your Regular Body Wash on Intimate Areas
The intimate area’s ideal pH is actually different than the rest of our skin (3.8 as opposed to 5.5), and regular soaps and showers can affect that balance. Stock your shower with a product like Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash ($14.95) that’s specifically formulated at pH 3.8 to balance the delicate pH down there, making it easy to stay fresh, healthy and happy by protecting against imbalances that trigger infections.
Mistake #5: Not Moisturizing Immediately After Your Shower
After a hot shower, you have three minutes before your body loses essential moisture. To prevent dry, crackly, irritated skin, store a body lotion in your shower and apply all over while skin is still damp.