How often should we shower?

Some people prefer to shower in the morning to wake up and start the day with more energy and vitality, while others prefer to end the day with a relaxing shower as a prelude to a peaceful night’s sleep and rest.

The question of how often to shower comes up again: once or twice a day, more than once when you go to the gym? How often should we do it according to experts?

There is no official rule, most of us do it once a day for hygiene reasons and because it relaxes us. What you need to keep in mind is that frequent and long showers not only harm the environment, but also worsen the lipid layer of our skin and promote dryness, itching and dermatitis.

How should the shower be?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), showering should be limited to five minutes to ensure sustainable use of water and energy (no more than 95 liters of water per day on average).

Regarding the type of soap, it is important to respect the skin by using a neutral soap without perfume. For many people, if the soap doesn’t smell good, it’s not a good soap. They don’t think they’re clean unless they smell the scent.

Using too much or the wrong soap is not a trivial problem for our skin. The main effect is the destruction of the skin’s protective barrier (the hydrolipidic film) and opening the doors to various germs.

Dermatologists recommend using soap-free emulsions or shower oils that are made without preservatives, parabens and allergens. These soaps can be used by all skin types but are necessary for dry or sensitive skin as they protect the skin and increase moisture levels. Its ultra-soft formula respects the skin’s balance.

Where is the line between hygiene and over-hygiene?

There are people who shower too often and scrub their skin too hard for fear of bad smells and bacteria. However, experts insist that this has consequences for our skin.

The shower should be done with a gentle massage of the hands (no use of aggressive sponges), hot water and short showers. The areas that produce bad odors and you should focus on them are the armpits, groin, genitals and feet. People with sensitive skin, as well as the elderly, are the ones who need short and infrequent showers with lukewarm, not very hot, water. The reason for this is that they are prone to dry skin, scratching and dermatitis.

In hot weather, at the gym, or during intense physical activity, you can take a second shower, but only use soap on areas that have a bad odor or excessive sweating.

Last but not least, people with a tendency to acne, i.e. oily skin, can shower and soap up more often.

Soaps for acne-prone skin also have specific ingredients: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory to cleanse impurities and reduce sebum production. The shower cannot prevent the appearance of acne. Acne is a skin condition that has an internal hormonal cause. The soap helps, but cannot eliminate them. For this it is necessary to consult a dermatologist.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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