For many, the morning or evening routine includes a hot shower. However, this is not really healthy for the skin.
Kassel – Daily showers and well-scented shower gel is a must for many. Others, on the other hand, shower only once or twice a week or even less. The "non-bathing" trend is based on no longer rinsing oneself every day – for health or environmental reasons. The thesis: You not only save water, but can also improve the appearance of the skin. But is that really true?
Shower only once a week? Better complexion and less dryness
Reporter Ariane Alter dared to experiment herself in a Puls report from Bayerischer Rundfunk. She was only allowed to shower once a week. Deodorant was also taboo. The reporter was only able to clean certain parts of the body, such as armpits and feet, with a washcloth.
The result after two weeks: It could be determined by a doctor that the complexion improved. In addition, the skin had a higher moisture content than before the self-experiment. The fact that the reporter only showered once during this time was not noticed by anyone around her in terms of smell. So should we all only jump in the shower once a week?
Showering too often can attack the skin's protective acid mantle
In any case, showering too often does not seem to be particularly healthy for the skin. Dermatologist Stefanie Derendorf advised to shower less, especially in winter, and to use moisturizing soaps. Hot and too much water would damage the skin's protective acid mantle. One part of the body, on the other hand, should probably be washed more often, as it is often forgotten.
The consumer magazine Öko-Test also recommends avoiding the daily shower. From a dermatological point of view, it is sufficient to shower only twice a week if the house is healthy. The water should be lukewarm and not hot. However, old sweat should be washed off regularly. The magazine advises cleaning three parts of the body more frequently – with water, washcloths and mild soap:
- Intimate area (only with water)
Shower only once a week?
With healthy skin and mild care products, however, you can also take a shower every day without hesitation, Öko Test wrote. Seven to ten minutes is considered the ideal shower time. You don't always have to soap your entire body. Areas of the body such as feet and armpits should be washed with shower gel. For the rest, lukewarm water is enough.
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Too frequent showering can damage the skin. © Michael Bihlmayer/imago
"Non Bathing" has also caught on in the celebrity world. Stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutscher have publicly acknowledged taking fewer showers. But although many do not expect it, a lot can be done wrong when showering. With a few tricks, you can even save energy while showering. (kas)