The Path to a Better Bath

Who knew there are certain steps to doing one of the first things we do we when we wake up in the morning? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, bathing or showering properly is critical for healthy skin; but it’s unfortunate that most people don’t give a second thought to proper showering technique. We all fall victim to merely turning on the hot water and following our quick showering routine. We jump in, scrub our heads with shampoo, wash and rinse quickly, and by the time you know it, we’re done! Although this is fast and convenient, it should be reconsidered. Cleanliness is one of the reasons why we shower; but an even bigger reason for showering should be for our health. Here are some recommended steps to follow while in the shower to stay clean AND healthy.

•  Gather your showering tools, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, a towel, and a washcloth.

•  Next, turn on your shower. To keep a nice, moisturized glow, keep the water at warm temperature not hot like some of us like it!

•  Step into the shower, and get your body as wet as possible. Once your body is completely wet, massage shampoo into your hair. Shampoo is more for the scalp than the hair itself; remember this as you lather with your favorite shampoo. Whenever possible, try to stick to using a sulfate-free shampoo which will be more gentle on your hair, scalp, and skin. The rinse-off from your shampoo will get all over your body; so try to use as mild a shampoo as possible when shampooing in the shower.

•  After completely rinsing off the shampoo, add conditioner. While you allow your conditioner to set, soak your washcloth and apply soap to the cloath.

•  Lather your entire body while your conditioner is still in your hair.

•  When done, rinse entire body, including hair. Repeat steps three through six if needed. To avoid drying out your skin, limit washing your body to two times per shower.

•  Finally, cleanse your face with preferred face wash. Rinse face and body with cool water to close pores.

•  Now your shower is finished!

Important tips to remember:
 - Keep the shower short, 5-10 minutes
 - Use warm water, not hot. Hot water removes natural skin oils.
 - Use a mild cleanser. Abrasive fragrance bars and soaps can lead to moisture loss.
 - Use a washcloth. They are known to hold fewer bacteria than a sponge.
 - Gently pat dry skin. This helps maintain moisture and is less irritating to skin.
 - Apply moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower. This helps to retain and promote proper moisture balance.

Now that you know the rules to showering, enjoy a fine shower and celebrate the results!

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