5 Big (Yet Common) Shower Mistakes

5 big (yet common) shower mistakes 

Fix these five shower mistakes to gain better health, healthier skin, lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint.


Running the water for too long

One of the biggest culprits for water waste is running the shower waiting for the water to heat up. You can wait much longer than needed, and it’s easy to get distracted while you wait. Thankfully, a smart shower head can help. Get a hai shower head, then use its companion app to personalize the color-coded LED hai light. You’ll get a mobile push notification and the hai light will illuminate when it’s time to get in! 


Showering with extra-hot water

Take warm or cold showers, every time. Hot water strips away the natural oils on your skin and can damage its outer layer. This leads to extra-dry skin and can even cause itching, flaking, general irritation or a rash. No fun. 

Hot showers also create a bigger carbon footprint. They require more energy to reach and sustain their higher temperatures. 

Sometimes hot water is tempting because it helps to create a spa-like environment. But there are better options. For instance, you can use a spa shower head that lets you choose your own spray – immersive mists included.


Washing your hair last 

Wash and condition your hair before you cleanse your body and face. If not, you’ll have subtle hair product residue all over your skin. It might not seem like a big deal, but your skin will appear dull and lose its natural glow. It can also lead to pesky dermatological issues like acne and clogged pores. 


Using loofahs 

While we love great shower routine products as much as anyone else, the loofah has to go. Yes, they’re sustainable (loofahs are actually vegetables) and you can compost them when they’re done. Unfortunately, plenty of research has proven that loofahs are also great at harboring bacteria – pretty much the last trait you’d want in a shower product. But if you’re just not ready to let them go, follow these safety tips from Cleveland Clinic.

Showering too often 

Similar to showering with water that’s way too hot, showering too often strips your body of those moisturizing natural oils. Overwashing has also been linked to everything from eczema flare-ups to throwing off the balance of health-promoting and protective microorganisms on the skin.

Finally, showering less (think once a day, instead of two times or three), can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family showers with nearly 40 gallons of water per day

 

Showers just got so much better – in five simple steps.