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Welcome to my website. I’m hoping to provide you with some useful packing tips. My name is Ellen Monday. My family and I moved from a very large home to a large home. My point being, although we still live in a large house, we did downsize. It was almost like packing for two moves because we had belongings going to the new house and some going to storage. We had to make decisions about what we wanted to keep, store and get rid of. I have some tips on how we made those decisions, and the best ways we found to pack. Items that were going into storage were packed differently than those we were moving to the new house. Boxes had to be carefully and clearly marked so we didn’t end up storing our everyday dishes or something tragic like that! Hope you enjoy my blog.

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Healthier Shower Habits Lead To Healthier Skin

Aaron Carroll

Is your skin dry and lack-luster? Perhaps you suffer from eczema, or you find that your skin becomes scaly and irritated at the slightest touch of cold weather. While there are many possible causes of skin conditions such as these, a common culprit is poor shower habits. Read on to discover which habits are most often to blame, and what changes in these habits you can make to improve your skin's health.

Bad Habit #1: Showering in Hard Water

Hard water is water that contains large amounts of dissolved calcium and magnesium. When you wash with hard water, it leaves mineral deposits behind, which can cause your skin to feel and look dry. Soft water, on the other hand, is low in calcium and magnesium ions. It allows your soap to work into a more lush lather, and allows any moisturizers you use to be absorbed more easily into the skin. You can test your water to determine if it's hard or soft by filling a bottle with water, adding 10 drops of dish soap, and shaking it up. If the solution turns cloudy but not overly foamy, you have hard water. If it suds up easily, you have soft water.

The Solution

If you find that you have hard water, the best solution is to have a water softener installed. This is an apparatus which will remove the minerals from the water that enters your home so that the water that comes out of your taps is soft. Many plumbers install water softeners; this is not a job you should attempt yourself.

Bad Habit #2: Showering in Water That's Too Hot

While a hot shower feels good, especially in the winter, it's actually terrible for your skin. It removes the natural oils from your skin, leaving it looking dry and lifeless. If you're the kind of person who takes long, 20 or 30-minute showers, this habit's even worse. That's a lot of time to spend under steamy water, and your skin is sure to suffer the consequences.

The Solution

Turn the temperature down. A lukewarm shower may not be as enjoyable at first, but in time, you'll get use to the new temperature. Keep your showers to 10 minutes or less, too. Set a timer to remind you it's time to get out, if needed.

Bad Habit #3: Using Harsh Facial Cleansers in the Shower

Do you use cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to treat acne on your face? While these medications may be effective for keeping your face pimple-free, they're not typically designed to be used on your entire body. Benzoyl peroxide, in particular, can cause flaky, red skin. When you use them in the shower, they typically end up running down your whole body as you rinse them away. For those with sensitive skin, this can make dryness and peeling much worse.

The Solution

If you use an acne-clearing face wash, use it before you get into the shower, and rinse it off in the sink so that it does not end up running down your body. If you're experiencing dry or peeling skin on your face, then there are a few steps you can take to counteract the effects of your acne cleanser, so you don't have to choose between pimples and dryness. Use an oil-free moisturizer on your face after every time you wash. Also, start using your acne cleanser just once per day, and wash your face with a mild cleanser the other time you wash.

Showers are meant to keep you clean, fresh and healthy. If your showering routine is leaving you dry and flaky, it's time to make a change. Whether you have one, two, or all three of the bad habits above, you're sure to notice a difference in your skin once you make positive changes.


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