Unfortunately, lots of things people do in the shower with good intentions can actually harm your body and hygiene more than help it. So if you’re guilty of any of the infractions listed below, you’ll want to rethink your routine.

Many people are under the impression that any habits you have in the shower can't be BAD habits, because, after all, you're in the shower getting cleaner, right? Nope.

Unfortunately, lots of things people do in the shower with good intentions can actually harm your body and hygiene more than help it.

So if you're guilty of any of the infractions listed below, you'll want to rethink your routine.

Don't wash your face in the shower, where the water is normally too hot. Instead, use lukewarm water over the sink.

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Turn down the heat! Sure, hot showers feel great, but that hot water can actually dehydrate your body pretty severely, so take it down a notch for the sake of your poor dry skin.

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Shorten your time in the shower. This goes along with the dehydration thing above, but it's also just a responsible way to conserve water.

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Shorter, cooler showers also cut down on the likelihood that bacteria will appear in your shower itself.

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If you use a loofah, make sure to rinse it out and let it dry. These wet guys are breeding grounds for bacteria, even if they're soapy.

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Same goes for sponges and, to a lesser extent, washcloths. They still contain the bacteria you cleaned off your body until you clean them off.

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Cut down on exfoliating. Every day is WAY too often. Keep it to once a week. Any more often and it will affect the health of your new skin.

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Same goes for washing your hair. You might think that you're being diligent washing your hair every day, but that much shampoo will dry it out and strip the hair of defensive oils.

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Stop putting conditioner on the top of your head. It's only useful when applied to the roots, and putting it all over will give your hair a greasy look.

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The soapy water around your feet isn't actually cleaning them. You need to use direct washing with soap and a rag or loofah. Anything less puts you at risk for athlete's foot.

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Stop waiting until the end of the day to shower if you've worked out earlier. That time in between allows bacteria to fester, increasing the likelihood of acne and body odor.

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Let anything that touches your skin dry out after every use. Humidity and wetness equal bacteria, so let your soap, rags, and razors dry completely.

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Don't go hot (or even warm) all the way through your shower. Put it on cold for the last five minutes. It will shock your body into waking up and actually fight that fatigue you feel in the morning.

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Don't rub yourself dry with a towel. It's harsh on your skin, which is especially sensitive after a shower. Instead, pat dry.

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You're not done after you get out. Put on moisturizer after you shower, which seals in the wetness for healthy skin.

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