More Harm Than Good: Skip These Bad (But Common) Shower Habits

Towel Drying Can Be Too Harsh

Are you drying your body too harshly? If you can describe your routine as “rubbing a towel,” you are. Drying the body should be more of a gentle pat. Hurriedly rubbing yourself dry may aggravate your skin, which will dry it out.

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Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg via Getty Images

When you step out of the shower, don’t scrub, rub, or wipe yourself dry. Use a towel to gently pat your body. Doing so will keep the moisture on your skin without irritating it. The same goes for your hair; if you dry your hair in a rush, the fragile strands could break off.