Should I take a shower this week
Showering properly: how often and for how long?
Unhealthy shower habits
Whether as a pick-me-up in the morning after getting up, as an evening relaxation ritual, to cool off after exercise or to cool off on hot days - regular showering is a matter of course for most people. And not just in Germany. A look at the statistics shows how often showering is popular in Europe.
How often do Europeans shower?
The front runner is the French - around 84 percent of the population shower at least once a day. With 66 percent, the Germans are also way ahead here. Italians and Belgians are at the bottom with 57 percent.
In this country, by the way, people like to shower warm (80 percent) and in the morning (49 percent). And that for an average of eleven minutes.
Attack on the skin's natural protective shield
From the point of view of experts, these showering habits are not safe. Because when you shower you don't just remove dirt and sweat particles from your skin. Those who shower daily can destroy the skin's natural protective layer of fatty acids (hypolipid film) in the long term. This normally forms a natural barrier on the skin and protects it from moisture loss and the penetration of pollutants and pathogens.
If you shower too often, the water repeatedly removes natural fats from the skin and dries it out over the long term. The skin often reacts to this with redness and itching. In the long term, frequent showering can even lead to so-called wear and tear eczema.
But how often is showering actually safe for the skin?
How often do you shower, how long do you shower?
Shower properly, but how? Adults, but also children, often shower too often and for too long. You certainly don't have to limit yourself to showering once a week. The experts agree on how often showering is harmless from a dermatological point of view: two to three times a week is considered ideal.
Of course, you can clean particularly sweaty and odorous areas of the body such as feet, armpits and the genital area every day. However, it is best not in the shower, but with a washcloth, water and a mild, pH-neutral soap.
However, cleaning yourself is not always the goal when you reach for the shower head: How often do we shower just to enjoy the sparkling refreshment or to warm up in winter? In such cases, you should at least limit the duration and avoid using cleaning products that degrease the skin. Dermatologists generally recommend taking a quick shower: seven to ten minutes is ideal.
Shower only with water?
How long and how often you should shower are not the only questions on the subject. It is also important: What should you ideally shower with? Is water enough on its own?
In fact, there are some people who consciously avoid shower gel and soap in order to put as little stress on their skin as possible. But showering without shower gel is certainly not the right thing for everyone.
From the point of view of experts, nothing speaks against using a mild shower gel or liquid soap when showering. But you should make sure that the pH value of the cleansing product corresponds to the natural pH value of the skin, i.e. around 5.5.
Dermatologists generally recommend not to shower too hot. This is because hot water attacks the skin's natural protective layer of fatty acids more than cooler water. It is best to take a lukewarm shower with a water temperature of around 36 degrees.
If you follow these rules when showering, you are effectively protecting your skin. But how often to shower we without thinking too much about it? The best thing to do is to realize that every shower is challenging for your skin.
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