What is the best frequency for showering?

In many parts of the world, daily showers tend to be the norm. However, from a purely medical point of view, it is not necessary for most people to shower often. Personal hygiene is good for health and most people need to shower regularly. Besides being used for washing and routine care, water provides benefits for pain relief and therapy in the form of hydrotherapy.

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

– Improving immune function
Muscle pain relief
Reduce swelling
– Increase blood circulation
– Improve focus
– Reduce fatigue
– Facilitate breathing

To a lesser extent, spending time in the bathroom can have the same effects. The shower cleanses the skin and removes dead cells to help clear the pores and allow the skin cells to work. It removes bacteria and other irritants that can cause rashes and other skin problems. However, the main reason why people take a lot of showers is to help them meet social standards of hygiene and personal appearance. Following these standards helps people feel comfortable in their professional and social environment and in their bodies.

Bathing according to the seasons

In most parts of Europe, due to the climate, winters are cooler and drier, while summers are hotter and wetter.
These changing environmental conditions affect the ideal frequency of showering.
In winter, cold temperatures and indoor heating contribute to dry skin. Many dermatologists recommend changing your shower routine during the winter to protect against dry skin.

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

Reduce the shower time to 5-10 minutes maximum.
Close the bathroom door to catch the steam and increase the humidity.
Replace hot, soapy water with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.
Use the least amount of cleanser possible to cleanse the skin.
Gently dry the skin after showering.
Apply an adequate amount of an oil-based moisturizing cream or ointment within 3 minutes of showering to retain moisture in the skin.

Bathing at all ages

Bathing a person needs to change throughout his life.

Bathing frequency for children

The common practice of bathing children daily is not really necessary. It is best to start washing the whole body regularly when babies are crawling and starting to eat.

Bathing frequency for children

Although daily bathing is safe for children ages 6 to 11, they should only bathe every few days. Once youngsters reach puberty, the number of times they need to be bathed varies from person to person. Many people suggest that daily showering is necessary at this time.

Bathing frequency for teenagers

Many teens are very physically active, and it’s a good idea to shower after strenuous sports or events, including swimming, weight-lifting exercises, and other physical activities.

Bathing frequency for the elderly

The simple act of taking a shower can sometimes become more difficult for older adults. Older adults may not need to shower daily to maintain the level of hygiene required to protect their skin, prevent infection, and meet general hygiene standards. A shower once or twice a week is often enough to meet these standards, and people can use warm towels in between to keep them cool. Older adults who can no longer wash themselves can maintain their independence by getting help from caregivers with daily activities.

shower and work

People who work in unsanitary conditions should take a 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 desk jobs and spend most of their time indoors do not have the same bathing needs as those who work with hazardous materials, animals, or any job that people consider unhealthy.

Occupations that may be considered “dirty work” include:

– butcher
– a caretaker
– exterminator
– Underage
– garbage collector

People who come in contact with corrosive materials, dangerous chemicals, pathogens and radioactive materials should take a shower at the end of each work day. Gardeners, tree specialists, home gardeners, and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors in contact with different plants can reduce the risk of rashes and other skin infections 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 in the case of cold showers. Researchers reported that people who finished showering with cold water for at least 30 seconds missed 29% less time than people who did not.

Can you shower often?

Bathing removes bacteria from the skin, which means it also kills bacteria that help the body protect itself from infection. Soaps and shampoos used while showering can dry out the skin and hair, causing split ends and split ends. How quickly this phenomenon determines the frequency of bathing depends on the type of skin (oily or dry) and the climate in which you live. If people find their skin tight after getting out of the shower, this is not a sign of hygiene. Rather, it indicates 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 of gloves had more infectious agents than other nurses. The researchers concluded that when frequent washing leads to skin damage, it is counterproductive.

Bathing also has a huge impact on the environment. Soaps and shampoos, not to mention the added ingredients like microbeads in some skin care products, can end up in groundwater, lakes, streams, and oceans. Merely taking a shower depletes vital fresh water resources.

The bathroom also has an impact on the environment

Although showering has physical, mental, and emotional benefits, the daily shower that many people are accustomed to taking is probably more than most people need. Bathing dries out the skin and hair, consumes natural resources and creates an additional source of water pollution. Determining the frequency of bathing involves finding the right balance between responsible use of natural resources and what allows a person to feel satisfied and clean, while adapting to their schedule.

The medical recommendation for basic physical and health needs is to shower once or twice a week. Shortening shower time to no more than 5-10 minutes reduces the possibility of dry skin. People who work in certain types of jobs and who exercise a lot are likely to need to shower more often.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In any case, the information provided cannot replace the advice of a health professional.

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