Good hygiene is essential to health care. From the clothes you wear to your bath routine, adopting good hygiene is pretty important to maintain great health. So, what is your bath hygiene like?
We know you’ve probably been showering and having baths for as long as you can remember. But have you ever stopped to ask if you’ve been doing them right? There are techniques that can be adopted to make your showering/ bathing process more efficient.
In the article, we will be talking about what you should and shouldn’t do while taking a bath or having a shower. First, let’s find out the difference between a shower and a bath.
BATH VS SHOWER
A bath simply refers to soaking your body in a water-filled tub while showering refers to cleaning your body while standing under a spray of water. The shower is typically suited for sanitizing and thoroughly cleaning your body while a bath is taken with the aim of aiding muscle relaxation and body moisturizing.
Typically, it is recommended that you first take a shower before you take a bath. This is mainly because, bathing requires soaking your body in stationary water and no one would feel comfortable sitting in a body of water that is filled with sweat and grime from their body, right? With a shower, on the other hand, you wash off sweat, grime, and dirt directly under a sprout of flowing water.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES TO ADOPT WHEN BATHING AND SHOWERING?
Ensure that your water is at an ideal temperature. Dermatologists recommend that your water shouldn’t be above lukewarm when you are taking a shower; this is ideal to protect your skin and prevent too much moisture loss.
Next, you should have a first rinse before applying soap to your body. This is meant to help wet your skin, opening your pores to get ready for soaking in any moisturizer your soap might possess. Also, this process will help to relax your muscles. If you are going to be washing your hair too, endeavor to wet your hair too.
When you start washing your body, start from your neck and shoulders and take the process right down to your toes. Gently scrub your body using a sponge, washcloth, or loofah with bar soap or a body wash. Remember to get between your legs, your armpits, and between your toes. Remember to rinse off soap suds occasionally during the process, it helps to prevent a buildup of soapy residue on your skin.
If you are taking a bath, remember to clean your bathtub before filling it with water. This would help to ensure that you get rid of soap residue, dirt, or hairs leftover from your previous bath. You can use bath bombs, bath bubbles, or bath salts in the water you want to use for the bath. Ensure you stick to products that are suitable for your skin. Also, because you’d be soaking your body, your skin will be extra soft and can be prone to over-exfoliation so be careful while scrubbing your body.
If you are washing your hair, lather in enough shampoo, then rinse off thoroughly. Apply conditioner generously and make sure you run it into your hair thoroughly (from root to tips), then rinse off thoroughly too (this is subject to the conditioning product you use).
After you are done washing, rinse off with lukewarm or cool water to help seal in moisture and encourage blood flow throughout your body. Then towel dry lightly so there is enough water to help seal in more moisture when you apply a moisturizing lotion on your body.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO
Do not over-exfoliate your skin. This would lead to loss of moisture, leave your skin prone to damage, and can cause severe dryness. When scrubbing your body, stick to soft washcloths or loofah and gently scrub your skin.
Do not bathe or shower with water that is too hot. Because it feels good to drench your skin with scalding hot water sometimes doesn’t mean it is fine to constantly do it. Too hot water can damage your skin and lead to severe dryness. It can also lead to extreme dehydration.
Do not forget to wash your face. Do you know that your face can be sensitive to regular body wash? It is safer to use products that are designed to clean the face when you are taking a bath or shower. There are face washes that you can invest in to keep your face safe.
Do not use the same washcloth or loofah for a long period of time. It is recommended that you change your body-scrubbing accessories at least every month. You should also endeavor to make sure that they are stored properly and kept dry when not in use. Bacteria can grow on scrubbing accessories that are not dried properly.
Adopting good bath hygiene can help you maintain your health and keep your skin healthy-looking too. Showering or bathing doesn’t have to be complicated as long as you can stick to doing them properly.