It sounds counter-intuitive but cleaning your skin could actually be causing more harm than good.

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You jump in the shower to get clean and detoxify the skin, right? Well, we spoke to Belinda Hughes, a beauty therapist from Natural Beauty Expert, and it turns out your routine could a hot bed of bacteria if not performed correctly. Scary, hey?

From facial acne to the dreaded bacne, there are a few quick tips you can use to avoid ruining your skin with your hygiene habits.

Stop showering so much

Okay, we’re not saying you can never shower again but you certainly needn’t be taking multiple showers in a day. According to Hughes, “showering too much in hot water can strip your skin of natural oils which will lead to dryness and irritation in the skin.” This is definitely ‘the go ahead’ for a morning sleep in.

Try a body scrub instead of a loofah

Hughes warns to stay away from plastic loofahs. “Throw them away because they are a bacteria breeding ground.”

Instead, she recommends thin body mitts because they are much easier to sanitise. Or you could skip the tool all together and go for an exfoliating body scrub for a super fresh clean.

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Go for a cooler shower temperature

If you refuse to shower in under 45 degree water your body could be letting out more oil than it needs. The process can be extremely drying as your pores open and secrete oil only for it to be washed away.

“Too hot is definitely drying on the skin especially in delicate areas like the face where you don’t want to strip the essential natural oils,” says Hughes.

Change your razor over

Your razor can be much like a loofah in terms of collecting bacteria and fungi. According to Hughes, you should be changing your razor depending on how much you use it.

“If you’re using it every second day you’d want to change it every week or two. If you use it every three days, chuck it out after three weeks. Besides bacteria, they can go blunt and cause some nasty cuts.”

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Wash the body last

We all love to leave our conditioner on until the last moment, but it turns out the residue from your hair products might be causing bacne.

“Definitely using an in-shower brush on your back after you wash your hair can help get the last of the oils away, particularly if you use an oil-based hair product. Otherwise you can get blackheads across the tops of the shoulders,” explains Hughes.

To keep the brush clean make sure to hang it up so that the moisture drips off it and replace it every three to four months.

Go for a natural shampoo or conditioner

Using a natural shampoo or conditioner can help reduce some of the clogging effects of other hair products. Hughes agrees that, “botanical and natural shampoo and conditioners are better for the skin, scalp and hair. They are non-stripping as well.”

“When you shampoo your hair you’ve got to remember that it’s also going all over the body, so you have to think about that.”

September 12, 20162:46pm

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