It’s strange how our body skin takes up a larger proportion of our overall skin, yet we don’t quite pay attention to it. If you’re suffering from problems like dry skin or hair, you may have committed one of these showering sins. Treat your shower as a beauty routine and you’ll be on your way to achieving radiant complexion and silky hair worthy of commercials.

Don’t: Take hot showers

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If your shower is steaming up the bathroom, it’s a sign that it’s probably too hot. While hot water is better at dissolving impurities, extremely hot and long showers are going to strip your skin and scalp of their natural oil, causing them to dry out. In the long run, this may leave you with itchy, flaky skin and scalp.

Don’t: Just use your hands

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Your hands are, well, handy for a lot of things, but they may not be thorough enough to keep you clean. Go for a body buffer instead, which can help to gently exfoliate your skin. Just like how your facial skin needs exfoliation to remain healthy, it works the same for your body skin. Don’t forget to use a scrub once or twice a week.

Don’t: Wash your face before you wash your hair

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Some of us wash our face while we’re in the shower, instead of at the sink. That’s perfectly fine – the steam from the shower can help your pores open up and you can get a more thorough cleanse. What’s not good, however, is when you wash your face before you wash your locks. Your hair products are not designed for your face and the runoff of these products can clog your opened pores, causing breakouts, specially along the hairline. To resolve this issue, simply leave your face washing after your final rinse down.

Don’t: Rub your skin with the towel

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Be gentle with your skin and hair by lightly patting instead of rubbing it. The aggressive action can hurt your skin and cause your hair to tangle.

Do: Wring your hair before conditioner

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The water that is absorbed by your hair dilutes the conditioner, causing it not to work as well. The simple trick to eliminate this problem is to wring your hair gently before applying conditioner. You should also wring your hair before applying hair mask or serum.

Do: Brush your hair before showering

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Put up your hands if you go straight to the shower after a long work day. But don’t be surprised if this habit leaves your hair tangled and fragile. Instead, brush your hair to make them tangle-free first before showering. This is because wet hair is more fragile, and raking through the tangles after it’s soaked is going to cause your strands to break.

Do: Apply lotion quickly

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Try to apply body lotion within five minutes after coming out from the shower, inside your bathroom, to make use of the humidity and open pores in locking in moisture.