8 Bathing Mistakes you might be Making

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 14, 2014

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There is a scope for making mistakes in everything, even in bathing. This otherwise relaxing activity can potentially become harmful if you make some common bathing mistakes. Here are 8 bathing mistakes you might be making, but should beware of.
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    How Not to Take a Bath

    We know what you are wondering, “Is there really a right or wrong way to bathe?” Yes, there is, rather, there are. When you bathe correctly, it soothes aching muscles and sore feet, relieves stress, betters blood circulation, and relieves headaches and back aches. But, making some mistakes while bathing (which most of us do) can turn this otherwise relaxing activity into a potentially harmful one. Here is what NOT to do to make your bath safe and rejuvenating.

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    Using the Same Loofah for Long

    Your loofah and washcloth are breeding grounds for bacteria. A washcloth should only be used three to four times before being tossed in the laundry bag. To eliminate any leftover musty smells caused by body oil or soap buildup, clean them in hot water. Dump that loofah every three to four weeks of using.

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    Not Changing the Shower Curtain

    Your shower curtain could have mold, m ildew or soap scum on it because it remains moist most of the time. Researchers have discovered that 80 percent of the germs on shower curtains belong to the sphingomonads or methylobacteia families. Such germs can infect open wounds as well as harm those with weakened immune systems causing urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and abscesses in the gut. You should wipe down your shower walls, tub and curtains frequently in order to prevent illness.

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    Exfoliating Every Day

    As believed by many, daily exfoliation is not the best way to remove dirt buildup and oil. Over-scrubbing can actually cause your skin to become oiler, and therefore trap more dirt and bacteria. Instead, use a gentle scrub just a few days a week, or even better, once a week and at night.

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    Washing Hair without Combing

    A quick comb before showering can help you avoid breakage. This also helps in avoiding tangles and damage later. If your hair is tangle-prone, using a wide-tooth comb after conditioning them can keep things smooth. Rinse properly after this.

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    Shaving your Hair First

    When you’re in a rush, you pull out the razor, shave your legs and bathe. That’s not good. If you are really racing against time, it’s better to not shave at all than shave before shower. For really smooth legs, bathe first, wait for 15 minutes to allow the heat from water to soften the hair and open up the follicles and then shave.

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    Showering with Hot Water

    After a tiring day and during winters, a long hot shower or soak seems like the best thing in the world. But water that is too hot can exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and dry, itchy skin. When taking a bath (or shower) use warm water to protect your skin.

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    Being Rough With the Towel

    Intense towel drying can ruin your hair follicles, which can lead to damage and breakage. And, it can also worsen skin conditions like dryness and itchiness. Pat dry whenever possible and avoid wrapping your hair up in a towel.

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    Soaking in Chlorinated Water

    Chlorinated water is downright dangerous for your skin. The warm water opens up your skin’s pores, making it act like a sponge for chlorine. Meanwhile, the steam coming off the water, which you readily inhale, is full of chlorine and its by-products as well. Always bathe with the drinking tap water to spare your skin and health the horror of illnesses.

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