You might not put much thought into the daily shower, you might not even be that worried what goes on in their so long as you come out cleaner than you went in, but with skin being awarded your largest (and most public) organ, isn’t it time to be a little more concerned? The bathroom is a concoction room filled with chemicals, ideas, and inspiration and not knowing what how to shower correctly might lead to disastrous consequences.
That’s why you are about to learn how to get down and dirty in the shower, with top pro-tips that are Male Standard approved!
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This mini-guide will give you some insight to what’s really going on in the shower while you do your thing. If you want to learn how to avoid nasty toe critters, dry skin, frizzy hair, and a bad case of athlete’s foot, listen up. You can apply every high-end product, expensive designer clothing, or footwear, and maybe even toss in some fancy salon visits to your calendar, but without understanding the basic chemistry of what the shower can do, you will never get the results you want!
Back to Basics: The Shower Revealed
The shower might seem like a really obvious tool, and it is, but there’s plenty of pro-tips to be had if you know how to shower right. Keep this page handy as a checklist of everything you need to know about your bathroom!
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Keep It Clean!
Before you go stepping into the shower, think for a minute of what you are stepping into! Does you shower having a loving attendant, or has it been sitting in swampland for a while? Cleaning your shower is the only way to remove harmful bacteria that can cause a number of health concerns, not much less our concern for your public safety! Avoid fungal diseases, skin rashes and contact sores by cleaning out the shower at least once a week with a strong disinfectant.
Keep it Functional!
If you have sitting water, get someone in to fix the problem or do it yourself! Standing water is a playground for bacteria and germs and will add mold to the nasty equation. Once you have residents living in your shower, it is almost impossible to get them out. Use cleaners that have an added boost to combat odors, mold, and tile stains to keep the shower fresh. If you want to go the extra mile, check the showerhead for leaks and tighten up the fixtures to make sure no water is causing problems when you are away.
Keep it Stocked!
Once you are in the shower, any good intentions of scrubbing your feet, washing your face with a cleansing product, or using a face cloth go out the window if the tools are not right there to hand – that’s a fact. Bring everything you need to the shower before you get in and find yourself looking back out at the world with woeful eyes. No one wants to spend their private time running in and out of cold air and water. If you’re the kind of guy who gets out to go rescue something then shame on you! Use that time wisely.
For the most part, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and a face wash are all you really need in terms of the product staples. The tools you use to apply these can be a little more interesting and are what can take a basic drug store item to the next level. Invest in a quality loofah or scrub that can get rid of dead skin cells. Use a foot mat that has the power to clean between the toes and target hard skin. Use a face cloth to tackle the more sensitive parts to avoid rashes and aggravated skin. Keep these stocked up and always throw them out once you see signs of wear and tear.