Cleanliness is more important than health - at least that’s what you would think from the way most people take their shower! Most of them love to get under the shower as often as possible. They seem to be very keen on keeping themselves clean as much as their cars. But is it healthy for our skin?
The short answer is no. Sweat and fat keep our skin soft and supple and help healthy bacteria and fungi to thrive. This naturally acidic protective coating also prevents toxic fungi from penetrating into our skin. So once again it all comes down to what skin type you have. Each skin type has its own needs, and each skin type can dry out if you don’t shower properly.
- Showering with dry skin
Showering with dry skin
Showering is harmful if you have dry skin. That’s because water and care products remove the body’s valuable lipids, which no amount of body milk or body lotion can replace. So if you have dry skin you should use mainly shower creams or shower gels with a neutral pH value (between pH 5 and pH 7) as these remove far less fat from the skin than conventional shower gels. Do not use (2-in-1) shampoos or bar soaps to clean your body as both products remove a great deal of fat. It’s best to restrict your use of body peels to once a month.
Tip: Keep your showers short (approx. 3 minutes) and (even in winter) use lukewarm water. Don’t shower every day. In summer, however, you should avoid cold showers - the Kneipp knee affusion is suitable for cooling down.
- Showering with sensitive skin
Showering with sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is even more vulnerable to showering than dry skin. This means that In order to avoid skin irritations such as burning, itching or reddening, you should choose similar products as for dry skin. These are best supplemented with care products such as shower balms low in tensides, fragrances, dyes and preservatives. Body peels are taboo. The shower water should be lukewarm, as hot water destroys the body’s protective film.
Tip: After showering, dab your skin carefully with a soft towel - rubbing hard damages the skin.
- Showering with oily skin
Showering with oily skin
If you have oily skin you can shower more often. That’s because our body quickly replaces the skin’s lipids as they are removed. But people with oily skin can also destroy their acidic protective cover. So even if you have this skin type you should use mild shower gels that don’t attack the skin but gently cleanse it.
Tip: Don’t lather yourself all over every day.