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Posted on September 29, 2017 by the Pebble Grey Team

Are You Showering Wrong?

Temperature
Hot showers can be positively blissful, particularly in the winter months. However, showers that are too hot can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and damaged. Experts recommend that you should never have your shower hotter than 40 degrees.

Time
Similarly, showering for too long can remove moisture from your skin, making it feel itchy. Dermatologists advise against showering for longer than ten minutes, but we bathroom lovers at Pebble Grey don’t know how realistic that is!

Showering for a shorter time is also better for the planet (and probably your pocket). The average shower length is 8 minutes, which uses 62 litres of water (or 136 litres if you have a power shower!). Whilst we have plenty of water saving showers on offer within the Pebble Grey range, the best way have an environmentally friendly shower is to cut down the time you’re spending in there as much as possible.

Conditioning
A lot of people believe that conditioner should only be used on the ends of your hair, but this results in you neglecting your scalp. As conditioner provides hydration to your skin, using it on your roots will help prevent itchiness and flaking. To avoid a greasy build-up, try only using the remains left on your hands on your roots after rubbing it into your ends.

Hair Washing Frequency
You might think that, in order to keep your hair as clean as possible, you should wash it every day. However, studies have found that this can actually make your hair more greasy as it disrupts your natural oil balance.

The verdict is still out for the optimum number of hair washes per week, but experts generally recommend somewhere between two and three times a week.

However, the frequency at which you should wash your hair depends largely on your hair type and routine. For example, those with thin hair or who exercise a lot should maybe wash their hair daily after all, as should those with particularly oily scalps. Those with thick, dry or curly hair can get away with leaving it a lot longer.

The maximum anybody should ever go without hair washing is fourteen days – though we think you may need to use dry shampoo at some point during this period!

Hair Drying
Wrapping your hair in a towel may seem harmless, and actually quite convenient as it keeps your wet hair off of your face and body as you continue with your bathroom routine. However, this habit is more damaging than you may think.

This hair drying method pulls your hair tight in order to stay in the wrap, which stretches your roots and leads them to breaking more easily – resulting in possible hair loss!

However, not even this is as bad for your hair as blow drying, which causes heat damage. During this process your hair cuticles dry out and become brittle, and then eventually crack and break.
The best way to dry your hair is to simply pat it with a towel and then leave to air dry. However, if you are in a rush and really must use a blow dryer, remember to use a heat protecting spray!

Loofah Neglect
If you’re anything like me, you’ll leave your loofah hanging in the shower after use to be long forgotten until you next step in for a soak. However, this makes it the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria as it is packed with dead skin cells due to the way it exfoliates you.

To keep your loofah safe, make sure you wash it and then wring it dry. If possible, also pick a dry place to keep it (i.e. not your shower!) where bacteria growth won’t be encouraged.

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