What is the best shower frequency?

What is the best shower frequency?

In many parts of the world, daily showering is common. However, from a strictly medical point of view, it is not necessary for most people to shower that often. Personal hygiene is good for health and most people need to shower regularly. In addition to being used for normal washing and conditioning, the water offers pain relief and healing benefits in the form of hydrotherapy.

Baths, steam showers, saunas and other bathing methods can:

– improve immune functions
– relieve muscle pain
– reduce swelling
– increase blood circulation
– improve concentration
– reduce fatigue
– make breathing easier

To a lesser extent, staying in the shower can have the same effects. Showering cleanses the skin and removes dead cells to help clear 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 shower so much is to help them meet social standards of cleanliness and personal appearance. Adherence to these standards helps people feel good in their professional and social environments and in their bodies.

Shower according to the seasons

In most parts of Europe, the climate makes winters cooler and drier, while summers are hotter and wetter.
These changing environmental conditions affect the ideal frequency of showering.
In winter, low temperatures and indoor heating contribute to dry skin. Many dermatologists recommend that people change their bathing habits during the winter to protect against dry skin.

The following techniques can help reduce the likelihood of dry skin:

– Reduce showering time to a maximum of 5-10 minutes.
– Close the bathroom door to trap steam and increase humidity.
– Replace hot water and soap with lukewarm water and mild detergents.
– Use the smallest possible amount of cleanser to clean your skin.
– After bathing, gently dry the skin.
– Within 3 minutes of showering, apply a sufficient amount of moisturizer or oil-based ointment to retain moisture in the skin.

Shower at different ages

A person’s bathing needs change throughout life.

Shower frequency for babies

The common practice of bathing babies every day is really not necessary. Regular full body washing is best started when babies are crawling and eating.

Frequency of showering for children

Although daily bathing is safe for children ages 6 to 11, they should only shower every few days. Once young people hit puberty, how often they need to shower varies from person to person. Many people suggest that a daily shower is necessary at this point.

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 older adults

The once simple act of showering can sometimes become more difficult for older people. Older people do not need to shower every day to maintain the level of cleanliness needed to protect the skin, prevent infection and 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 having caregivers help them with daily activities.

Showers and work

People who work in unsanitary conditions should shower at the end of each working day. The type of work people do affects how often they need to shower. People who work in offices and spend most of their time indoors do not have the same showering needs as those who work with hazardous substances, animals, or any job that people consider unsanitary.

Occupations that may be considered “dirty work” include:

– the butcher
– administrator
– exterminator
– Less important
– Garbage man

People who work with corrosive materials, hazardous chemicals, pathogens, and radioactive materials should shower at the end of each workday. Gardeners, orchardists, landscapers, and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors in contact with various plants can reduce the risk of rashes and other skin injuries by showering as soon as possible. This will limit their exposure to plant sap, pollen and other potential allergens, reducing the risk of a reaction. A Dutch study found that showering can reduce sick days at work, but only if the showers are cold. The researchers reported that people who ended their shower with a cold stream of at least 30 seconds were absent 29% less time than people who did not.

Can you shower a lot?

Showering removes bacteria from the skin, which means it also washes away bacteria that help the body protect itself from infections. Soaps and shampoos used in the shower can dry out the skin and hair, leading to breakage and split ends. The speed of this phenomenon, which determines the frequency of showering, depends on the type of skin (oily or dry) and the climate in which you live. If people’s skin feels tight after getting out of the shower, it’s not a sign of cleanliness. Rather, it indicates that the skin is too dry.

In hand-washing studies, researchers found that nurses whose hands were damaged by frequent washing and wearing gloves harbored more infectious agents than other nurses. The researchers concluded that when the frequency of washing leads to skin damage, it is counterproductive.

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

The shower also has an effect on the environment

Although showering has physical, mental and emotional benefits, the daily shower that many people are used to is probably more than most people need. Showering dries skin and hair, uses up natural resources and creates another source of water pollution. Determining how often to shower involves finding the right balance between responsible use of natural resources and what allows one to feel good and clean while accommodating one’s schedule.

The medical recommendation for meeting basic physical and hygiene needs is to shower once or twice a week. Reducing the shower time to no more than 5-10 minutes reduces the likelihood of drying out the skin. People working in certain types of jobs and those who exercise a lot are likely to need to shower more often.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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