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Tuesday
Oct022012

6 tips to save money in the shower

Saving money with Instituto EspanolI am a very passionate shower gel user.  I stopped using soap bars a number of years ago and noticed through my personal experience using gels that just by using a sponge I was utilising a lot less product in my daily baths.  This made me think about the economic aspects of a shower.  

It is amazing how many things we can do to save money on day-to-day mundane activities if we focus on the right things. Here are some ideas to save you money just by taking a shower.

  1. Shower, don’t bathe. Baths use far more water than showers, if you keep showers to a reasonable length of time. The occasional bath is a nice thing to do, but a bath every day is a big water waster.
  2. Do all your personal care before you get in the shower.  Apply and rub the face mask, brush your teeth, floss, cut and polish your nails, and whatever else is in your daily routine without the water running.  
  3. Use a bath sponge or washcloth.  Pour a half a teaspoon or so of shower gel onto a bath sponge or washcloth and work it into lather. Wash only the ‘under’ areas: under-arms, under-wear, under-feet.   Let the water run over the rest.  These two habits will save a great deal in the amount of shower gel you use on a daily basis.  
  4. Install low-flow shower heads. These reduce the amount of water that you use during your shower avoiding excessive water wastage.
  5. Protect your razors from being wet all the time.  Don’t leave your razor in the shower. Blades that are constantly wet don’t last as long as those that are stored dry.
  6. Use towels/washcloths more than once. You can easily get by with changing them once or twice per week.  This will make them last longer and reduce your laundry bill.
Thursday
Jan052012

Is exfoliation good for you?

Skin care is an ongoing process, which requires effort to maintain the desired healthy levels. Exfoliation is an integral part of this process.

Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface (stratum corneum). Exfoliation can be achieved through mechanical means, that is scrubbing the skin with an abrasive, such as microfiber cloths, abrasive sponges, almond shells, sugar or salt crystals. It can also be achieved using chemical exfoliants.

As a man I feel lucky in this context as the shaving process which I do every morning (except during the month of November on the years I participate in the Movember charity) achieves the mechanical scrubbing of the skin.  Hence in a way we do exfoliate every day.  Now, every day exfoliation runs the risk of going too far as it could lead to irritating the skin.   Hence take advantage of a good after-shave moisturising product. 

If not overdone, exfoliating helps unclog pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne breakouts.

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