We all love long, relaxing baths or hot showers. But are they beneficial if we “abuse” them? Generally speaking, people are divided in two categories: one category claims it is healthy to take showers daily and the one that suggests as rarely as possible.
There is, however, a recommended number of showers per week and the truth is that throughout this time the skin is exposed to certain harmful chemical ingredients. However, if you are in the group of those who think you should shower as rarely as possible, you should know there are a few reasons why it’s normal and healthy to take a bath or shower once a day or at least once every two days.
Even this recommendation depends on the activities you take on daily, and there are three things that you have to take into consideration when it comes to showers and their frequency. The skin will thank you for it.
Shower: in what circumstances is it absolutely necessary?
Based on the activities you did in a particular day. When we shower, we aim to remove dead cells, sweat, bacteria and dirt. Once they reach the skin, they can cause acne or bacterial and fungal infections. For people experiencing acne problems it is recommended to shower immediately after a workout or after activities that involve excessive sweating, in order to depthfully clean the pores.
Depending on the type of your skin. People who have greasy skin should definitely follow the “a shower a day” rule. But if you have a dry and sensitive skin, once every two days is great, and it will really help reduce the dry looks, the itching and the inflammation. For dry skin you can use a shower gel with a delicate formula, and after showering apply a body lotion that nourishes and moisturizes your skin. However, do not forget that with the aging, your skin type can change. For example, your skin will not produce so much sebum anymore, and sometimes severe skin problems may occur if you insist on frequent showers.
Environmental factors. Room workouts and office sessions are not the only ones that make you sweat. If you live in an area with high humidity and high temperatures, you will feel the need to do even more than one shower a day to remove impurities from your body. Also, in the winter it is not advisable to shower and get out, because the skin will dry even harder because of the low temperatures. If you notice that your skin appears to be peeling, you feel itchy or your skin is dryer than usual, shower less and give up scrubs or exfoliants. Instead, choose to use light, delicate formulas that will not affect your skin anymore.
How to take a shower correctly
A shower taken correctly is much more important than the one made often. The “correct” showers are those with warm water, not hot, and it should not last more than 10 minutes. Also, make sure you don’t use exoliating products too often unless your dermatologist recommends it.