It would seem, what could be easier than taking a shower? But it turns out that we do a lot of wrong things that harm our beauty and health.

10 mistakes you make in the bathroom

1. Turn the water on hot

When it's chilly outside, the very notion of a hot tub sounds like the best thing in the world. But a too hot bath, if taken for more than 5 minutes, puts a lot of stress on the heart, adversely affects the blood vessels and dries the skin, provoking an exacerbation of dermatological diseases. The optimum temperature is 37°C, but it is felt by the body as barely warm.

By the way, important information for zealous housewives!Sanitary ware manufacturers warn that water temperatures of 50°C or more will cause premature wear of acrylic coatings on bathtubs and shower trays.

In the absence of contraindications, it is useful to alternate cold and hot water. This contributes to intensive detoxification: the pores first expand and then narrow, pushing out impurities. In addition, a contrast shower helps to strengthen the vascular walls and valves of the veins and reduce congestion.

2. First you dry yourself with a towel, and then you apply the cream.

Apply moisturizers immediately after a bath or shower, and this will create a protective film that retains the resulting moisture. Cosmetic components penetrate better into steamed skin. So if you start care immediately, as soon as the shower is turned off, you will be able to literally “lock” moisture in the deep layers of the skin, which need to be moisturized.

You can strengthen the natural mechanisms of moisturizing with the help of modern hygiene products. The discovery of aquaporins was a real breakthrough in science The discoverers, molecular biologist Peter Aigre and biochemist Roderick McKinnon, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery.

3. Misuse of antiseptics

Of course, the pandemic has rebuilt the minds of many of us. One of the positive aspects was the special commitment to hygiene procedures. However, everything is in moderation. The use of antibacterial shower gels in a normal routine can lead to a weakening of local skin immunity. The fact is that the microbiome - recently officially recognized as the sixth layer of the epidermis - is destroyed with such care. At the same time, opportunistic pathogens can replace the friendly bacteria that inhabited the skin. They will provoke acne, inflammation and other troubles.

In addition, with excessively frequent washing, constantly using scrubs and other exfoliating beauty products, we literally rip off sebum - and the natural barrier functions of the skin fail, it becomes defenseless.

4. Don't change your washcloth for years

On the other side of “hygienic perfectionism” is an old washcloth. Wet, porous, it is an ideal haven for pathogenic microflora. That's why it's so important to wash your washcloth weekly (for example, in the washing machine along with towels).And it is necessary to have a hook in the bathroom to allow it to dry completely between uses. A washcloth made of natural material (loofah) needs to be changed every month, and plastic accessories - once every two months.

5. Don't clean your shower head

Spraying mold and bacteria on yourself with water… What an idea? It is recommended to clean the shower head at least twice a year.

University of Colorado researchers tested 50 shower heads in an experiment and found that a third of them were heavily infested with Mycobacterium avium, a bacterium that contributes to lung disease when ingested.

6. Actively doing anti-cellulite massage with a dry brush

Only a lazy beauty blogger has not recently praised dry body massage with a brush with natural bristles. He was included in all kinds of fitness marathons and anti-cellulite practices. However, as it turned out during a “detailed examination”, too intensive rubbing of the skin with a dry brush simply injures it and causes swelling of the subcutaneous fat. At the same time, the relief is visually smoothed, but this has nothing to do with getting rid of cellulite.

If you have healthy skin, without irritation, excessive dryness and a large number of convex moles, then dry brushing is acceptable. It will really improve blood circulation, and this will benefit the body. However, in this case, it is also important to control the pressure and not overdo it, trying to supposedly “stretch cellulite”.

7. Don't close bottles

A familiar situation: you wash yourself in the shower and, closing your eyes, open jars of gel or shampoo by touch. And then, often, you simply forget to close them.

8. Store your toothbrushes in cases

Such accessories are intended only for transporting brushes. But for storage in the bathroom you do not need to use them. This will prevent the brush from drying out, creating conditions for the growth of pathogenic bacteria. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations, after hygiene procedures, the brush should be rinsed well with running water and allowed to air dry.