Cold Weather and Long Showers-Why it’s a Good Thing

We all know that person notorious for taking extremely long showers. To me, it seems silly to spend an hour of the day standing under running water; it’s wasteful in a list of ways. Coming off of that, I’ve never been one to spend a lot of time in the shower. I get in and out. However, in the presence of these bitter cold days we’ve been having, there’s something about the comforting feeling of complete warmth that surrenders me to become a shower-stander. I have been far from stingy with my past few showers, to say the least. It takes a lot of self-convincing to cut off the shower of heated protection, and step out into the cold.

So, my point in all of this- long showers are wasteful, but they are far too attractive to resist this time of year. So, while the water bill may go up a few dollars, there are other ways to save. One big reason the warm showers are nice is because we rarely turn the heat on. Yes, it is pretty cold, but there’s also something comforting about throwing on sweaters and sweatpants and curling up in a blanket (just have to be real tough through in between period of getting out of shower and getting dressed).

One last saving tip. Brush your teeth and shave in the shower! Since there is already a commitment to taking an overly long shower, why not use that time to do other things that use water? Save a few minutes of running sink water by getting it done in the shower, and what better way of doing this than using a fog-free shower mirror? It’s a win-win. So, when the holiday season rolls around, think about all the shower-standers you know. Help them save (some) water and encourage them to be as productive as possible during their elongated showers.

Plus, doing it naked is more fun. Can’t argue with it until you try. So remember, shave naked, shave well, and get your shower on.

Makeup Mayhem! (For you ladies!)

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Everyone knows the feeling of battling your eyelids to stay open after a late night out. Nothing feels quite like collapsing into bed and falling into a deep, much needed sleep. I know I’ve done this a time or two, and taking off my makeup is the last thing on my mind!

I’m usually pretty stringent about cleaning my face and washing off my makeup before bed. I may have some eyeliner residue around my eyes, but I never put too much thought into it. But my nightly routines change when the weekend comes around. If I’m tired enough, the makeup isn’t coming off until the morning.

This article from the Huffington post does a great job laying out the dangers of sleeping with makeup on. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/sleep-in-makeup_n_2289084.html

 

Here are some things that stuck with me :

  • Sleeping with makeup on clogs pores leading to acne
  • Makeup holds on to free radicals in the environment which can cause wrinkles
  • The stress you go through each day can lead to premature aging if you sleep in your makeup
  • Sleeping with mascara or eyeliner can cause irritation of the eye and may cause inflammation

 

For now, my goal is to remove all of my makeup before bed (at least on the weekdays). The Shave Well mirror is awesome for makeup removal while your in the shower and you and your other half can both use the fog free mirror! It’s great to have for more than just shaving well!