What is the best frequency to shower?

In many parts of the world, showering every day is becoming the norm. But from a strictly medical standpoint, most people don’t need to shower that often. Personal hygiene is good for health and most people should shower regularly. In addition to its use for daily washing and grooming, the water offers pain-relieving and healing benefits in the form of hydrotherapy.

Baths, steam showers, saunas and other bathing methods:

– improve immune function
– relieves muscle pain
– reduce swelling
– increase blood circulation
– improve concentration
– reduce fatigue
– to facilitate breathing

To a lesser extent, spending time in the shower can have the same effect. Showering cleans the skin and removes dead cells and helps to unclog pores and allow skin cells to function. It removes bacteria and other irritants that can cause rashes and other skin problems. However, the main reason people take multiple showers is to help them meet social standards of cleanliness and personal appearance. Adhering to these standards helps people feel comfortable in professional and social environments and in their bodies.

Seasonal shower

Due to the climate in most parts of Europe, winters are colder and drier, and summers are hotter and wetter.
These changing environmental conditions affect the ideal frequency of showers.
In winter, cold temperatures and indoor heat contribute to dry skin. Many dermatologists advise people to change their bathing routine in winter to prevent dry skin.

The following methods can help reduce the likelihood of having dry skin:

– Reduce the duration of the shower to a maximum of 5-10 minutes.
– Close the bathroom door to trap steam and increase humidity.
– Replace hot water and soap with warm water and mild cleansers.
– Use the least amount of cleanser possible to clean the leather.
– After washing, gently pat the skin dry.
– Apply enough oil-based moisturizing cream or ointment within 3 minutes after showering to keep skin moist.

Shower at different ages

A person’s need to bathe changes throughout his life.

Shower frequency for babies

General experience is not really necessary to bathe babies daily. When babies start crawling and eating, it’s best to start regular full body washes.

Shower frequency for children

Although daily bathing is safe for children ages 6-11, they should only shower every few days. How often teenagers shower after puberty varies from person to person. Many people think that a daily shower is necessary during this period.

Shower frequency for teenagers

Many teens are very physically active, and a shower is a good idea after strenuous sports or events, including swimming, weight training, and other physical activities.

Shower frequency for the elderly

Taking a once simple shower can sometimes become difficult for older people. Older people may not need to shower every day to protect their skin, prevent infection, and maintain the level of cleanliness necessary to meet general hygiene standards. Showering once or twice a week can often be enough to meet these criteria, and people can use warm washcloths in between to stay cool. Elderly people who can no longer wash themselves can maintain their independence by getting help from caregivers in daily tasks.

Shower and work

People working in unsanitary conditions must shower at the end of each working day. The type of work people do affects how often they shower. People who work in office jobs and spend most of their time indoors do not need the same shower as those who work with harmful substances, animals, or anything that people consider hygienic.

Occupations that may be considered “dirty work” include:

– butcher
– caretaker
– the destroyer
– small
– garbage collector

People who work with corrosive materials, hazardous chemicals, pathogens, and radioactive materials should shower at the end of each work day. Gardeners, arborists, home gardeners, and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors in contact with various plants can reduce the risk of rashes and other skin damage by showering as soon as possible. This will limit their exposure to plant sap, pollen and other potential allergens and reduce the risk of a reaction. A Dutch study found that showers could reduce sick days at work, but only if they were cold showers. Researchers reported that those who ended their showers with at least 30 seconds of cold water spent 29% less time than those who did not.

Can you take too many showers?

Showering removes bacteria from the skin, which means it also washes away bacteria that help protect the body from infection. Soaps and shampoos used while showering dry the skin and hair, causing split ends and split ends. The speed of this phenomenon, which determines the frequency of showers, depends on the type of skin (oily or dry) and the climate where you live. If people notice that their skin is tight after getting out of the shower, this is not a sign of cleanliness. On the contrary, it shows that the skin is very dry.

In studies that focused on hand washing, researchers found that nurses whose hands were damaged by frequent washing and wearing gloves had more infectious agents than other nurses. The researchers concluded that when washing frequency causes skin damage, it has the opposite effect.

The shower also has a serious impact on the environment. Soaps and shampoos can end up in groundwater, lakes, rivers and oceans, not to mention added ingredients like microbeads in some skin care products. The simple act of showering depletes vital fresh water supplies.

The shower also has an impact on the environment

While showering has physical, mental, and emotional benefits, the daily shower that many people are accustomed to is probably more than most people need. Showering dries the skin and hair, depletes natural resources and creates an additional source of water pollution. Determining shower frequency involves finding the right balance between responsible use of natural resources and allowing a person to feel good and clean by fitting into their own schedule.

To meet basic physical and sanitary needs, the medical recommendation is to shower once or twice a week. Shortening the shower time to no more than 5-10 minutes reduces the possibility of drying the skin. People who work in certain types of jobs and exercise a lot need to shower more often.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE OPINION OF A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

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