Published: May 25, 2017

    Shower Habits You Should Stop Immediately

    Many of us take our daily morning routine for granted. When you get into the habit of washing your body the same way for years and purchase the same hygiene products over and over again, you likely aren’t spending time wondering if your shower routine can cause health problems or expose you to pathogens or bacteria.

    However, there are several common shower habits that are proven to increase your risk for unwanted health effects. Don’t risk lifelong exposure to dangerous contaminants: follow this guide to rectify any shower-related problems you may be creating during your morning or evening shower.

    • Don’t Stand in Soapy Water: Depending on the quality of your drain and the shape of your shower, a small puddle of water may slowly accumulate in the bottom of your shower after the first few minutes. This soapy water is not the “clean” water you may imagine it to be. Water buildup in a shower is the easiest way for athlete’s foot and other fungi to make their way from one person to another. The moist, warm environment of the shower is prime for fungus to take root long after a family member with athlete’s foot has stepped out of the shower.To avoid this issue, don’t stand in soapy water. Bathe your foot in tea tree oil regularly if you can. If anyone in your household has athlete’s foot, disinfect your shower multiple times per week. Also, take care to dry in between all of your toes each time you shower.
    • Dry Your Razor: due to convenience, many shower shavers simply keep their razor in a caddy in the shower by the showerhead for easy access. But if you leave your razor in the shower it will remain damp most of the time. Without proper drying, your razor will dull quickly and will harbor old hair and dead skin. Using a razor that’s constantly wet can cause ingrown hairs or infection.The solution is fairly simple: don’t store your razors in the moist shower area after you’ve finished bathing. In addition, take the proper precautions to keep the blade of your razor sharp and disinfected. Once every two weeks soak your razor in vinegar or bleach diluted in water. Allow the razor to soak for five to ten minutes, and then scrub your razor with a toothbrush.
    • Stop Showering in Hard Water: you’ve probably heard of hard water before, but how can minerals in your water affect your shower? In many ways: hard water can cause your skin to dry out faster, and can be especially harmful for people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema. Showering in hard water every day can lead to increased redness, dried out hair, and flaky skin.The best way to avoid hard water is to equip your home with a combination water softener alternative with salt free technology and whole house water filter or your apartment/condo with an EZ-Connect compact water filter/softener to reduce water hardness and filter out chlorine, among many other contaminants, that can damage and dry out your skin and hair.
    • Throw Out the Loofah: We know the loofah may be your product of choice when buffing your skin and ensuring you’re squeaky-clean in the shower, but experts warn they could be doing the opposite. J. Matthew Knight, M.D., a dermatologist in Orlando, states that a loofah’s mesh can trap the dead skin cells that are removed during the scrubbing process. This environment can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which you then consistently expose your body to every time you shower.Instead of a loofah, consider using a standard washcloth in the shower. Since you’re able to actually clean and launder a washcloth, it’s much less likely for bacteria to grow on its surface.

    Adjust your showering habits accordingly to reduce your risk of developing infections, athlete’s foot, or perpetually dry skin and hair.