5 Common Mistakes When Taking a Bath

· February 27, 2016
There's nothing more relaxing than taking a bath. However, did you know that sometimes there are things that we do wrong without even realizing?

There’s nothing more enjoyable, relaxing and hygienic than taking a shower in the morning or taking a bath at night. However, many people make some common mistakes when taking a bath that could impact their health.

What are these common mistakes?

Find out below!

5 Common Mistakes When Taking a Bath

1. Be careful with hot temperatures

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Yes, we know. There are few things as enjoyable as a hot shower or bath when arriving home to help us relax.

However, what happens if the temperature is too high and you’re in the shower for 15 or 20 minutes?

Water that is too hot can make you lose part of our own healthy body oils, those that your skin needs to keep itself smooth and hydrated. Hot water opens  skin pores and dilates your blood vessels, which could even lead you to become dizzy. 

It’s best not to remain too long in hot water. Five or six minutes is enough.

Afterward, you can continue your shower or bath with a warm – but not hot – temperature. Don’t scald yourself!

2. Be careful when drying off

There are some who, after getting out of the shower or bath, take their towel and dry themselves in a very energetic and vigorous manner.

However, if the towel itself is also very dry or scratchy, then you’re actually harming and irritating your skin with this.

It’s best to use a soft towel that will allow you to dry your skin with small patting movements, gently eliminating the excess water without roughly rubbing your skin.

Bathrobes, for example, are really comfortable and convenient, as they allow you to wrap up warmly while your skin dries almost without you realizing it.

3. Take care of your towels!

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Sometimes, the danger with towels is not only that they’re rough and irritate your skin. Another of their risks is that they often become susceptible to growing bacteria and germs.

Why is this?

This is because of the humidity that often remains in their fibers if they’re not dried well.

Sometimes, it’s not enough that the towel smells fine. There are times when towels become so old they’re saturated with chemicals from washing detergents that even lead to small allergic reactions.

Thus, the best option is to replace your towels every so often to avoid these types of health problems.

4. The risk of using too much soap when taking a bath

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There’s a difference between sports enthusiasts who sweats a lot during a workout and those have only sweated a little during the day and simply want to shower before work. That is, it all depends on each person.

However, there are some who use an excess of soap, which is full of perfume and smells nice, without knowing that they’re applying a high quantity chemicals that will alter the pH of their skin.

This causes a decrease in the body’s ability to naturally defend against external agents such as mites, bacteria o other microorganisms.

What is the recommendation?

Use the right amount of soap and water. If you use natural soaps, like in the picture above, it’s even better.

5. Be careful with sponges

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This is a curious fact and worth keeping in mind.

Believe it or not, the most appropriate and healthy option for skin is to use a sponge only two times a week while taking a bath.

Then, you should dry the sponge in the sunlight after use to prevent the colonization of mold.

It’s best to apply soap with your hand and just the right amount, as we’ve indicated before. You can use a natural bar soap by rubbing it over your skin directly without the need for a sponge.

  • You should exfoliate your skin using an appropriate sponge, such as a luffa sponge, just twice a week. This will help eliminate dead skin cells and reestablish the balance of your skin.

Always remember these simple tips when taking a bath or shower!