Giving up the daily shower has more and more supporters. How often should I wash my body and what is the effect of the daily toilet on skin properties? Can we at the same time harm our own body by taking care of ourselves?
It’s worth being reasonable
Last week, the guest of Dzień Dobry TVN was dermatologist Bartłomiej Kwiek. The lecturers talked with the expert about the influence of daily showering on the properties of the body. Recently, actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher admitted that their children do not clean themselves until they become dirty. Controversy was also sparked by Jake Gyllenhaal, who publicly announced that he only bathes once a week. Referring to these declarations, the doctor admitted to the program’s presenters that the decisions of celebrities may be rightly grounded.
Washing destroys the lipid coat
“By following the rules of hygiene and washing the skin, we are actually destroying it. The agents we use destroy the skin’s lipid coat, that is its natural protection. “ – explained Bartłomiej Kwiek, MD, PhD. The specialist also admitted that in recent years the number of people suffering from allergies has increased significantly. Part of the responsibility for this is the chemicals we use during our daily toilet. We wash off the fat on the skin together with the dirt. As a consequence, there is also less water, which is why the body becomes dry. These are the perfect conditions for the penetration of inflammatory allergens.
It’s best when we’re dirty
The body will tell us when it is worth taking a bath. The specialist assessed that washing yourself when you notice an unpleasant smell and dirt is visible, is a good direction. However, it is worth remembering that the soap should have an acidic pH, i.e. pH 5.5. After washing, it is necessary to lubricate the skin with a cream or lotion, which will help rebuild the damaged lipid coat.
Dr. Kwiek’s opinion is confirmed by the research of the American scientist David Leffell from the Yale School of Medicine. According to a local expert, bathing in hot water and scrubbing the body intensively can only harm. According to Leffell’s recommendations, a three-minute shower in warm (not hot) water and balm treatment afterwards will work best. The dermatologist also recommends limiting washing your hair to 3-4 times a week, which will also have a positive effect on its condition.
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