How often do we shower and how much time do we spend on our hygiene? Personnel have become two issues of debate that continue to generate doubts in the population, since most citizens do not know whether it is appropriate or not to shower more than once a day or what soap to use.
For experts, the ideal is do it only once a day to protect our dermis, since “frequent and long showers, in addition to not helping the environment, deteriorate the lipid mantle of our skin, favoring its dryness, itching and dermatitis “, explains Deysy E. Cieza Díaz, doctor of the Dermatology Service of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation University Hospital, to Take carePlus.
Regarding the time of each shower, the World Health Organization (WHO) ensures that should not exceed five minutes of bath for the sustainable use of water and energy, since the average daily water consumption cannot exceed 95 liters.
Cieza clarifies that “showers have to be with gentle hand massage (no need to use aggressive sponges), short warm water. The areas that produce a bad smell, where we must influence, are the armpits, groin, genitals and feet. “And he recommends people who carry out physical activities or who live with a hot climate” do a second shower, but using soap only in areas that have a bad odor or excessive sweating “, thus protecting the rest of the dermis of our body.
It is equally important for the care of our skin to soap that we use at each wash, as it could destroy our hydrolipid mantle, a set of protective barriers of the dermis, and thereby promote the entry of germs into it.
The dermatologist Natalia Seguí, member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), is clear: “The important thing to respect the skin is use a neutral and fragrance-free soap“. In this sense, the professional explains that” dermatologists recommend using a emulsion without soap or a shower oil, which is what I personally like the most “, products that” are manufactured without preservatives, without parabens and without allergenic substances “.
Also, “these soaps can be used by all skin types, but they are necessary in dry or atopic skin, as they protect the skin and increase the level of hydration. Its ultra-soft formula respects skin balance “.
Our skin releases a series of oils and sweat that help our skin to stay healthy, so the ideal is find a balance between hygiene and the appearance of these substances. Over-hygiene could lead to cracking of your outer layer or dry skin, among other things.