- Dermatologists say that you should spend between 5 and 15 minutes for taking a shower, but it all depends on what you plan to do during the wash.
- A short cool shower is skin-friendly.
- The use of large amounts of soap, as well as too hot water can adversely affect the skin and hair.
It would seem, what could be wrong in taking a shower? This ordinary daily hygiene procedure is simple and clear to everyone.
However, dermatologists advise to pay attention to several important rules in order not to harm your own skin and hair.
First, the duration of the soul.
Leading specialist at the Montgomery Dermatology Clinic Eram Aylis explains that the longer we spend under the stream of water, the drier the skin becomes.
"Try to reduce the time spent in the shower, and then immediately apply a moisturizer," - advises the doctor.
“Depending on what exactly you are planning to do in the shower, the time from 5 to 15 minutes should be enough,” said dermatologist Susan Byrd. If you need to wash your hair or shave your legs, it may take longer.
Dr. Ailis thinks: 5 minutes is enough for a daily procedure to rinse and refresh the body.
Water temperature is very important.
Scorching hot showers can dry skin and hair excessively
"A hot shower washes natural discharges from the surface of the skin, leading to the risk of itching and dehydration," Dr. Ailis continued.
"This is especially important to consider with age. Our skin serves as a natural protective barrier that regulates body temperature depending on the environment. In mature years, skin is harder to cope with this function. A hot shower not only aggravates the problem, but also creates an unpleasant itch!" So, the water should be tepid and comfortable.
If the temperature seems too cool, Dr. Baird recommends taking into account several nuances that will help reduce the negative effect of hot water.
“If you cannot refuse a hot shower, try to shorten its duration, and then wipe dry and apply moisturizer, from face to fingertips,” recalls Dr. Byrd.
The amount of soap has a serious effect on skin health.
If your skin is too dehydrated and irritated, or prone to eczema, you should pay particular attention to the amount of soap used and to which parts of the body it is applied.
“When dry skin, cleansers are best used only for the face, hands, feet, armpits and perineum,” continued dermatologist Aylis. “Most patients with eczema suffer from inflammations in the back, arms and legs in the winter. It’s better not to use soap on these parts of the body. "
She added that excessive use of soap can lead to dryness of any skin.
In fact, how could a frothy, fragrant soap affect your skin? It turns out that too much detergent will make the skin overly sensitive and irritated.
"I bring this allegory to my patients: imagine the cells of your skin as cobblestone segments," said Dr. Ailis. - "The cement that holds them together may become washed out under the pressure of hot water and detergent. This will damage the cells, making them too sensitive to the environment and will cause itching and eczema."
Summing up, the dermatologist recommends reducing the time spent in the shower and use less detergent while paying attention to the temperature of the water.
By following these simple rules, you will help your skin maintain freshness and effectively function as a natural protective barrier.