Personal Hygiene Mistakes You May Be Making Right Now

Washing your face after a workout

According to Dr. Schultz, it is best to wash your face before working out, rather than after. This is because perspiration can cause you to rub dirt, oil, and other grime into your skin, which can aggravate acne. By washing your face before exercising, you can remove these substances and prevent them from being rubbed into your skin. After you have finished working out and are perspiring, the sweat produced is mostly water and salt, which is not harmful to the skin and will not cause acne.

Taking hot showers

“One of the best ways to start the day is by taking a hot shower, especially on a cold morning. However, it’s important to be mindful of the water temperature, as excessively hot water can harm your skin. As Dr. Schultz advises, it’s best to avoid scalding hot showers and opt for a warm or lukewarm temperature instead.”

Using soap in the shower everyday

To help combat dry skin during the colder months, Dr. Schultz recommends reducing the frequency of soap usage in the shower or bath, especially on non-perineal areas (such as the arms, legs, and torso). Instead, try using soap on these areas only one to two times per week. Remember to continue washing the perineal area (including the underarms, groin, and buttocks) daily for proper hygiene.

Skipping sunscreen in the winter

“Sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily skincare routine, regardless of the weather outside,” says Dr. Schultz. “It’s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays every day, not just when it’s sunny or hot. Make sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and remember to reapply it every two hours or after swimming or sweating.”

Never cleaning your makeup brushes

Although cleaning your makeup brushes may seem like a daunting task, it is actually a simple and quick process that can have significant benefits for your skin over time. Neglecting to clean your brushes can allow dirt and bacteria to build up, which can potentially cause irritation or breakouts. By setting aside a few minutes every once in a while to give your brushes a deep clean, you can help ensure that your skin stays healthy and free of unwanted contaminants.

Using mouthwash

According to Dr. Chris Kammer, while mouthwash may seem like a healthy habit, it can be too harsh for some individuals. In particular, alcohol-based mouthwashes can dehydrate the mouth.