Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Not Using Separate Towels
Remember to keep your face towel and body towel separate!
The products you put on your body such as moisturisers, fragrances, and other products are not the greatest if they end up on your face. They can clog pores, increase breakouts and some could even cause irritation or rashes.
Picking Skin Post Steamy Shower
It’s tempting I know! The skin softens in warmer temperatures and underlying congestion that was on the verge of coming to a whitehead now visibly shows after a hot shower. However tempting it is, avoid picking and spreading bacteria and causing long term epidermal damage.
It’s easy to get carried away when you want to feel squeaky clean, but avoid over exfoliating and compromising your skin barrier by sticking with exfoliating around 2 times a week. I recommend dry brushing for the body which is beneficial for lymphatic drainage as well as benefiting from a light exfoliation.
One sign of over exfoliating is skin hypersensitivity. This can cause irritation, breakouts, and even a stinging feeling when you apply products afterwards.
Water That Is Too Hot
Hot showers and baths can inflame the skin, causing redness, itching, and even peeling — similar to a sunburn — and can disrupt the skin's natural balance of moisture, robbing you of the natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep skin healthy. Stick to a lukewarm temperature.
Using Soap That Is Not Anti Bacterial
Germs as you know, are everywhere! They can get onto hands and items we touch during daily activities and make us sick. Cleaning hands at key times with a 99.9% anti bacterial soap and water or hand sanitiser that contains at least 70% alcohol is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you.
Not to mention before going in and cleansing your face. Make sure your wash your hands for a good 20 seconds, in between fingers, under the fingernails and up around the wrists to avoid any bacteria passing on to your face.