Taking a bath is supposed to be a relaxing, zen experience, all while getting yourself clean at the same time. However, if you're not taking the proper precautions, you may end up participating in some pretty gross bath habits that could be harming your health. Because there isn't necessarily a rule book for how to take the ultimate bath, you likely aren't familiar with every do and don't when it comes to bathing, which could lead to some unwanted side effects.
"Good bath habits are of prime importance," says dermatologist Bobby Buka, MD over email. "Remember that your skin is your largest organ. Protecting it and maintaining the skin's homeostasis is critical, both for aesthetics and for greater health concerns. Anything you do to insult the skin’s integrity can compromise its ability to fight off bacteria and fungus."
Even if you don't take baths frequently, you'll want to make sure that when you do, you're doing it the right way. Sadly, a lot of these no-no's are habits that might make your bath a little less fun, but your body and skin will thank you later. Here are five gross things you didn't realize you should never do in the bath.