How to shower
Taking a shower might seem pretty simple, but there are ways you could be doing it wrong. Even if you have the basics of soap and warm water set, here’s what you need to know – from how you scrub your scalp to what temperature you use – for an even better shower, according to dermatologists.
Your soap doesn’t contain any moisturiser
“Bar soap without any moisturising agent, like many antibacterial deodorant soaps, can really dry out your skin,” says dermatologist Dr Mona Gohara. Look for bars with stearic acid in the ingredient list or ‘moisturising’ advertised below the name, she says.
Your shower is too hot and too long
Nobody’s asking you to take a cold shower in the middle of winter, but don’t take a scalding hot one, either. “Showers, especially in winter, are way too hot and long. This strips your skin of natural oils and lipids that help trap water to keep it moist,” says Dr Gohara.