Do you shower and wash properly?

Get rid of bath tools that easily breed bacteria, and use cold water when washing your hair.


Your bathing routine is not only about keeping your body clean but also related to the health of your skin.

Just like how you plan and build the right skin care routine, the perfect shower routine includes being aware of the do's and don'ts that can help you achieve your goals of radiant skin.

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Your bathing and washing habits can affect your health and your skin and hair. Photo: Teen Vogue.

pH balance

Hot water can dehydrate and strip the skin and hair of its natural oils, leading to dry, cracked skin, dull hair, and uneven skin tone.

Christina Carlsson, lead stylist and educator, says: "Most hair and scalp work best with warm water. Hot water can irritate your scalp, cause dryness, and create patches. Other negative reactions. Besides, use a cooler water temperature after shampooing to reduce fading if you have dyed hair."

It is important to use soap that is gentle and non-abrasive. "Using soaps with a high pH can strip the skin's protective acid mantle, leading to dry, rough and sensitive skin," says Dr. Audrey Kunin, dermatologist and founder of DermaDoctor. cold".

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Not only the face, the body also needs to be concerned about the pH. Photo: SCMP.

Do not use bath utensils

Your bathroom, even if you use ventilation, is still a humid place, especially after you shower. Tools such as sponges, brushes, loofahs and towels placed in humid environments are susceptible to bacterial contamination.

Lisa Fennessy, founder of the blog This Organic Girl, says bath equipment can produce mold and bacteria. By using these tools on a daily basis, instead of assisting with the cleaning process, you are spreading bacteria throughout your body, which can cause irritation, itchiness, and infection.

According to SCMP , you should also avoid using electric toothbrushes as they can become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Dermatologists recommend using a soft-bristled bath brush, as you can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and alcohol to clean, keeping them bacteria-free.

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Loofahs and sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. Photo: SCMP.

Moisturize immediately after bathing

When you're done showering, your body holds a higher concentration of moisture than the surrounding air. Because water tends to move from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration, water in the skin quickly evaporates into the air, causing your body to lose water.

That's why you should apply moisturizer right after you shower if you want to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Body oils are also helpful if your goal is to keep your skin hydrated.

Lisa Fennessy says, "If you're using body oils to moisturize, you should apply them to damp skin right after you shower."

Moisturizers and oils are made to hold water particles, helping to lock moisture inside your skin. So by applying them while your skin is still damp, you will create a protective shield that prevents water from evaporating from your body.

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It is best to moisturize immediately after bathing to retain moisture. Photo: L'Oreal Paris.

Comb your hair before you wash it

Regardless of hair type or length, brushing your hair before shampooing, when it's dry, is key to keeping it healthy and frizz-free.

Your hair is at its weakest and most vulnerable when immersed in water. Therefore, combing your hair before wetting not only reduces the risk of hair loss, but also avoids more breakage and frizz.

Stylist and educator Amika Aoife McCarthy says, "Before washing, you should take some time to detangle your hair to make it easier to wash."

If you still want to comb your hair while you wash it, untangle strands with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb while you apply conditioner. "This is when you can take a wide-tooth comb and run the product through your hair to ensure it's evenly distributed, helping you detangle," explains McCarthy.

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Brushing your hair before shampooing is key to preventing hair loss. Photo: Shutterstock.

Kill death celk

Our skin cells are constantly renewing, new cells are born when the old cells in the outermost layer of your skin die. Removing this layer of dead cells is essential to keep skin looking bright, avoiding dry, dull textures, clogged pores, or acne.

Dr. Audrey Kunin says: "Using a chemical-based body scrub before bathing is a great way to improve skin texture. It leaves skin soft and bright."

Note that this process should not take place too often or the exfoliating product needs to be less abrasive.

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Exfoliating 2-3 times a week is suitable. Photo: Friendly Turtle.

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