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Mistakes You Make When Taking a Shower

Taking a nice hot shower after a stressful day at work can be a wonderful way of relieving tension and winding down for the evening. If you need a jolt of energy in the morning to help get your day started, having a hot shower is often a go-to method. Some of our best ideas come from standing in a shower for an extensive amount of time. Showering is a great reset button and provides a few moments of solitude before you step back into the world.

Among many of the shower thoughts you have, perhaps you wondered if there was a correct way to shower. Maybe the scorching hot water beating down on your skin is causing more harm than good. Perhaps you are using the wrong showerhead or wasting too much water. Incidentally, there are mistakes you make every time you take a shower. These mistakes are costing you money and could be causing harm to your skin and hair. Changing just a few habits could eliminate potential hassle down the road. Here’s a list of showering mistakes you could be making during your showering ritual:

Cold water tap

Your shower is too hot or too cold.

It’s tempting to turn the nozzle as far as possible during a chilly day and find relief from the frigid air with a hot shower, but having scorching water beat down on you can cause your skin to dry out and lose moisture. Even after a long workout, it is tempting to refresh with a cold shower. It is best for your skin if you keep the temperature of your shower moderate, regardless of what the weather is like outdoors. This will help your body maintain homeostasis and prevent moisture from leaving your skin.

Water heating is also the second largest energy expense in the home (right after doing laundry). Any reduction in heating or cooling your shower temperature will offer valuable savings on your monthly bill. You can also cut down on expenses by taking shorter showers and changing your routine to shower every other day.

You scrub your scalp with your fingernails.

When you wash your hair, there is nothing better than giving your scalp a good scrub. It feels great and it makes you believe that you are getting a bunch of grime out of your hair. However, scrubbing your scalp with your fingernails can scratch the scalp and cause flaking. Use your fingertips to work up a lather instead of your fingernails and be careful not to scratch your scalp. It’s also important to avoid aggressively rubbing strands of hair between your hands. This could damage your hair and cause split ends.

Read more: Mistakes You’re Making Washing Your Hair

Your bathroom is not ventilated properly.

Non-ventilated bathrooms are a dream come true for mold. Mold develops and thrives in damp areas so, if your bathroom does not have an exhaust fan, prepare to have some unwanted fungus creeping up while you shower. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through indoor and outdoor air until they land on wet surfaces.

Not all residential building codes require an exhaust fan but installing one can save you from having to pay large expenses on mold removal. Keep your exhaust fan running while you take a shower and a little while afterwards – since water tends to remain on surfaces like shower walls, the floor and ceiling.

Modern chrome shower head

You use the wrong showerhead.

Have you ever stopped and asked how old your showerhead is? If it was manufactured before the early 90’s, it’s flow rate could be as high as 5.5 gallons per minute. That’s wasting a lot of water. Current showerheads on the market are required by federal regulations to have a flow rate of just 2.5 gallons per minute – or even less if you opt for a low flow showerhead.

If your home contains older fixtures, check to see if your showerhead needs an update. Replacing your showerhead with a low flow option can save you anywhere from 25%-60% on your water bill. Low flow showerhead prices are relatively cheap and range anywhere from $8 to $20 depending on how much you are willing to spend.

Read more: Best Low Flow Shower Heads

Your body wash does not contain any moisture.

Washing your body with body wash or a bar of soap that does not have a moisturizing agent can severely dry out your skin. This can cause irritation and a possible rash to form. Try looking for soap that has stearic acid in the ingredient list or “moisturizing” advertised below the name. You can also apply lotion immediately after your shower so your skin has a chance to retain moisture before its pores close.

Showering is essential to a clean and healthy body. However, you don’t have to pay more than you need to in order to take showers. Cutting down on time spent in the shower and how many showers you take can decrease your water bill and prevent your skin from losing valuable moisture and oils. If you need to take a long shower, change up your routine by showering every other day and installing a low flow shower head.

If you have any questions about installing new shower fixtures or about the quality of water in your home, call Universal Home Experts at (713) 364-0226. Get professional solutions for your bathroom fixtures. A live, friendly voice is standing by. We can repair, replace, and maintain various kinds of sinks, bathtubs, showers, faucets, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures.