There isn't much that feels better than taking a shower after a long, stressful day. This is especially true after a tough workout or when the weather is so hot and sticky that you can't even walk from the house to the car without starting to sweat. While it might be something you look forward to every day, did you know that there are probably a lot of things that you're doing wrong when you're in the shower?

Below are the top five shower habits you're doing wrong and why you should be doing something differently.

1. Washing Your Hair Too Much

Experts typically agree that you really shouldn't wash your hair more then about twice a week. Obviously, this is something that's hard for most people to swallow, especially when you live in a hot and humid climate or when you do intense workouts everyday. When it's all said and done, you have to be the judge of how frequently you should be washing your hair but if you're doing it on a daily basis, you might be stripping it of important moisture that it needs to be healthy. In extreme cases, it could even cause a certain amount of hair loss.

2. Skipping Moisturizer

There are all kinds of products available to help you moisturize your skin while you're still in the shower. This is an important measure to take, even during the warmer months when heavy lotions are just too much to take on your skin. Choose a body wash that not only cleanses, but also moisturize your skin. That way, you can accomplish both getting clean and moisturizing in one step and you won't have to worry about that heavy, greasy feeling on your skin.

3. Showering Too Long

Most people love the idea of taking a long, hot shower. The truth is, it's not a good idea to do either one. If you're taking a shower that's too hot, you could actually be doing damage to your skin and stripping it of moisture. The same goes for your hair. By the same token, if the shower is too long you're essentially accomplishing the same thing on both counts.


According to people in-the-know, you should try to limit showers to around 5 minutes. If you really want one that's longer or you just can't get everything done in that amount of time, don't allow yourself to stay in there longer than 10 minutes. If it's taking you too long to shower because you're having problems with your shower head and water pressure, you might want to visit so you can figure out which shower heads are the best for your particular situation.


4. Conditioning Your Hair Too Much

Most people apply conditioner all over their scalp and all the way to the ends of their hair. In reality, you should only be conditioning the ends, leaving the scalp exposed. This will keep your hair from getting greasy and you won't end up with that stringy appearance that happens when your hair is oily. This in turn will allow you to shampoo your hair fewer times a week.


5. Scrubbing Too Hard

After a long, hot day, you might want to get in the shower with your loofah or washcloth and scrub as hard as you can in order to get off all the dirt and grime, not to mention the sweat. However, you should be gentle with your skin. You want to rub hard enough to get clean but not so hard that you damage your skin. In reality, it's really better to choose a cleanser that's capable of doing its job without forcing you to scrub yourself silly in order to do it.


If you're like most people, you're probably surprised to hear that most of the things you've been doing in the shower your whole life are wrong. Some people are happy to try these changes and see what happens and others aren't so receptive to change. See which category you fall into. You might start to notice that your hair and skin not only feel better, but look better too.

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