You likely shower nearly everyday so it’s important that your washing routine isn’t problematic for your skin. You may unknowingly be drying out or irritating your skin while you’re bathing. Here are some steps that you can take to protect your skin: 1. Taking a steaming shower. If you have dry skin, a super hot shower will dry it out even more. Those with dry skin should stick to luke warm showers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The longer you soak and the hotter the water, the harder it is on your skin. Overly hot water can also fade your dyed locks faster. 2. Washing your hair too often. Unless you have oily hair, it’s best to wash your locks every other day. Washing your hair too often damages your hair. Not to mention, every time you wash your hair you also have to blow dry and style it. Protect your hair by investing in a shower cap. 3. Over-exfoliating. Don’t over scrub or over exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating your skin is important, because it removes dry skin and exposes the younger looking skin beneath. But at the same time, exfoliating your skin too often can be irritating. Over scrubbing can remove natural oils and lipids that protect the skin and hair. 4. Not replacing your loofah. Your loofah can be a breeding ground for bacteria in the shower. Ring it out every time you shower to remove the moisture. Dermatologists recommend replacing your loofah every three to four weeks. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.