Thursday, April 30, 2009
Taking hot showers
What's better than a 'piping hot' shower on a cold or rainy day? Well, a lot of things are healthier, unfortunately. I have the hardest time turning off the shower, especially in the morning, which is not at all funny.
"Our skin contains special proteins and fats that make up a protective barrier and lock in moisture to protect us from harsh outside environments. Dry winter air, forced-air heating, extremes of temperature and the frequent hot baths and showers we take all strip our skin of this natural protection," says Dr. Megan Moor. So, instead of making your skin more moist, it can dry it, and strip it of it's protection.
Others I've read have speculated that it may be a cause of melanoma.
If you are ever in doubt, ask yourself if your ancestors took long hot showers? The answer is probably not. They maybe warmed their bath water once in a while as a treat, but they probably did not have hot baths or showers every day like many people do. Shorter showers are also better for the environment.
So what are things you can do? Well, try a cooler shower, and make it shorter! Also, it helps to exfoliate your skin every once in a while so you can make sure you don't have dead skin cells building up on it, and your pores have plenty of room to breathe and excrete toxins.
Skin Care Products
Also, I haven't written about it yet, but make sure you are using all natural skin care products. You don't want to be rubbing toxins onto your skin. Don't shampoo your hair every day either. Your scalp produces protective oils for your hair, and you don't want to wash those out every day. Once or twice a week should be enough, but it depends on whether your hair is really oily or not.
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