From cleansing your face to washing your bits, health and beauty tasks you need to time just right if you want to avoid disaster


ARE you the kind of person who can’t bear the thought of leaving the house with-out your morning scrub?

Knowing how often to repeat each aspect of our health and beauty regime can be a minefield — and overdoing or underdoing them can be detrimental to your health and appearance.

Keeping an eye on the clock can help your health and your appearance
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Keeping an eye on the clock can help your health and your appearance[/caption]

Whether it’s cleansing your face or washing your nether regions, Shannon Lawlor shares expert advice on what to do — and when.

Cleanse your face – twice a day

To prevent breakouts, make sure you cleanse in the morning and then double cleanse at night — first to remove make-up and then to rid pores of stubborn grime.

Going in too hard and too often can result in serious skin issues as over-cleansing can strip your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated and healthy.

Cleansing your face too often can strip your skin of essential oils
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Cleansing your face too often can strip your skin of essential oils[/caption]

There is one exception to the rule however: If you have acne-prone skin, you might want to strip it right back.

A-list facialist and skincare brand founder Kate Somerville advises: “If your skin is oily or acne-prone, choose a cleanser with salicylic acid and only cleanse once a day.

“You don’t want to dry out or irritate your skin.”

Wash your bits – every day

While it should go without saying it is important to wash “down there” once a day, doing any more could cause unwanted irritation.

According to the NHS, washing daily is advisable but the vagina itself is more or less self-cleaning, so leave it well alone if you want to keep your natural bacterial balance in check.

Washing'down there' more than once a day can cause unwanted irritation
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Washing ‘down there’ more than once a day can cause unwanted irritation[/caption]

Consultant gynaecologist Shree Datta says: “Washing your vagina too frequently with soap can lead to irritation and sensitivity.

“It can also alter the pH balance, making you more prone to bacterial infection.”

When it comes to period time, experts advise that if you want to freshen up by washing more than once a day, simply ensure you are not using soap or heavily scented products.

Get a haircut – every six to ten weeks

We get it, haircuts are expensive and time-consuming, but it turns out skipping your next appointment could be causing your hair damage in the long run.

While it seems to go against reason, if you are looking to grow your locks, going for regular cuts is of utmost importance.

Not getting your hair cut often enough can damage your hair the long run
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Not getting your hair cut often enough can cause damage in the long run[/caption]

Not going for regular trims means you run the risk of damage such as split ends. Eventually this damage can spread all the way up the hair shaft.

If you’re desperate to keep your length but want to keep strands as healthy as possible, Headmasters Salons creative ambassador Jonathan Soons suggests booking a “micro trim”.

He says: “It is a minimalist hair-health-focused cut that removes minimal length through trimming damaged and split ends only.”

Wash your hair – every other day

If you find that your hair is dry and brittle, it could be time to step back and reassess how often you are shampooing.

Overdoing it with daily hair washes can end up stripping your hair of its natural oils, causing brittle strands and a dry, irritated scalp.

Overdoing it with hair washes can cause a dry, irritated scalp
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Overdoing it with daily hair washes can cause a dry, irritated scalp[/caption]

Jonathan says: “The frequency at which you wash your hair depends on how quickly you produce natural oils and how often you’re exercising, but you should try to avoid daily washing.”

On the other end of the spectrum, besides causing your locks to look greasy and lacklustre, not washing your hair often enough can also be problematic.

After one week, you can expect your hair to have substantial build-up and should take time to wash twice in the shower, first to remove oils and secondly to revitalise.

Moisturise your body – every day

It’s no secret that the summer months dry us out.

Hot weather, exposed skin and perspiration all contribute to dryness — but just how often should we be moisturising?

Body cream should be applied after every time you shower

Body moisturiser should be applied after every time you shower[/caption]

Applying thick creams throughout the summer can result in blocked pores and body breakouts, whereas not applying creams frequently enough can lead to dull, dehydrated skin.

Facial therapist Nataliya Robinson, founder of Quantum Botanika, advises applying body cream daily, after your shower.

She adds: “Every time water touches the skin you need to replenish it with moisture.”

Exfoliate your face – once a week

Despite what the bottle might say, exfoliating your face any more than once a week is highly discouraged by experts.

Nataliya explains: “It’s important to exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells.

Exfoliating too often can cause redness, sensitivity and capillary damage
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Exfoliating too often can cause redness, sensitivity and capillary damage[/caption]

“Not exfoliating can make skin appear dull and increase breakout-inducing build-up.”

But over-exfoliating can upset your skin’s natural barrier function, causing redness, sensitivity and sometimes capillary damage.

To keep a healthy balance, make sure you’re not using that “daily” scrub any more than once a week.

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