An everyday shower of 8 minutes will make you no less than 48 hours that you spend in the shower each year. But is that time wasted? Is it doing any damage to your body, your environment, or your water bill?
Check out our article to avoid these 6 mistakes you make every time you take a shower.
6- You stay in the shower too long
We all enjoy the hot streaming water on our bodies, but staying in the shower for a very long time can dry out your skin, as it’s also a huge waste of water. Try to shorten your daily shower to 5 minutes, and you can save over 2,000 gallons of water every year.
5- You wash your hair last
Your hair should be your first step when you get in the shower, for the simple reason that some of the residue from your shampoo and conditioner can stay over your face and skin, even after rinsing. It totally makes sense to start with your hair, and also make sure to use a smooth cleanser on your face and body to scrub away any remains of these hair products.
4- You go too hot or too cold
It’s best to keep the temperature of your water balanced, but it can be a challenge to find the perfect medium. The feeling of jumping into a hot shower when it’s freezing outside, or of the refreshing cool shower on a hot day, is luxuriously good.
But not for your skin. You have to try keep a moderate temperature (or adjust the water heater), no matter how’s the weather outside, in order to prevent your skin from drying out.
3- You ignore your post-shower routine
After a nice shower, you should dry off your skin gently with a towel, instead of rubbing it. The harsh rubbing may cause irritation or itchiness. As you should always apply your favorite moisturizer right after toweling off to help keep your skin amazing.
2- You don’t ventilate your bathroom properly
An unventilated bathroom is the sweet home of mold to freely develop and thrive. Eww ! To prevent the mold from happening, you can install an exhaust fan in your shower.
Also, keep the fan on for few extra minutes after your shower to prevent the water from remaining on walls, floor, and ceiling.
1- You use the wrong showerhead
You don’t pay much attention to a showerhead as long as it’s working, but it seems to be very important. Your very old showerhead can has a flow rate of 5.5 gallons per minute, while a new one has a flow rate of only 2.5 gallons or even less. If your house consists of old fixtures, go check if the showerhead needs any updates, and seek a decent new one on the market.