Status: 29.11.2023, 16:30 p.m.
By: Moritz Bletzinger
If the shower lasts too long, it can even become unhealthy. But how much time should a healthy person actually spend under the shower?
Bremen – Dry skin, itching, redness. If you shower often and for a long time, you are not necessarily doing your body any favors. But the shower shouldn't be too short either, because you should get clean. There are a surprising number of tripping hazards under the shower.
How long should a shower last?
The optimal shower duration depends on many factors, including personal preference, skin type and hygiene needs. A quick shower may be time-saving, but it may not be enough to thoroughly remove the dirt. On the other hand, a shower that is too long and hot can remove the skin's natural fats and lipids, leading to dryness and irritation. It's important to find a balance.
In any case, a hot shower should not last too long: the skin can dry out and become irritated. (Symbolic image) © Frédéric Cirou/Imago
According to experts, the recommended shower duration is between eight and ten minutes. During this time, you can thoroughly cleanse the body without putting too much strain on the skin. It is also advisable to finish the shower with a short cold shower of about 20 seconds. This practice can stimulate circulation, reduce stress, and promote blood circulation.
The Effects of Showering for Too Long
Prolonged exposure to the shower can have negative effects on skin health. A shower that is too long and too hot can disrupt the skin's hydrolipidic film, which is responsible for protection and moisture balance. The film is removed by the warm water, which can lead to dry and irritated skin. A weakened skin barrier can also lead to redness, itching, and even eczema.
It's important to note that showering every day isn't essential unless you have a job or activity that makes you sweat profusely or get dirty. For most people, showering every two days is enough to maintain proper hygiene.
Tips for a healthy shower experience
To promote skin health and maintain the optimal shower duration, there are some tips to keep in mind:
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1. Temperature Setting:
Set the water temperature to pleasantly lukewarm. Hot water can dry out the skin and disrupt the hydrolipidic film. Cold water, on the other hand, can close the pores and make it difficult to clean.
2. How to use the right shower gel:
Choose a mild and soap-free shower gel with a pH between 5.5 and 7. This helps to gently cleanse the skin without affecting the natural acid mantle. For sensitive skin, shower oils can also be a good choice, as they provide extra moisture.
3. Gentle drying:
After showering, it is important to gently dry the skin. Avoid vigorous rubbing, as this can irritate the skin. Instead, gently pat the skin dry to remove excess water.
After showering, it is important to nourish the skin with a moisturizing lotion or cream. Choose products that increase the moisture content of the skin and support the natural protective film.
5. Pay attention to body regions:
Some areas of the body, such as the armpits, feet, and intimate area, can sweat and get dirty more quickly. Be sure to wash these areas daily to maintain optimal hygiene.
This text was created with the help of machine support and carefully checked by editor Moritz Bletzinger before publication.