How to bathe?
If you exercise, play sports, have a messy job, or simply prefer a shower every day, there are ways to help keep your skin healthy.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY BATHING
Here are a few tips to bathe correctly and protect your skin.
- Only take one shower a day (every other day, if possible). On days that you don’t shower, give yourself a sponge bath. Wash your face, armpits, and groin with a washcloth.
- Don’t shower in hot water. Use warm water, instead.
- Limit showers to 5 to 10 minutes.
- Use a gentle soap or cleanser, and thoroughly rinse off soap before exiting the shower.
- Don’t rub your skin with a towel. Blot skin dry to retain moisture.
- Avoid cleansers and soaps with fragrances or deodorants. These products can irritate your skin.
- Apply moisturizer to your skin after each shower or bath.
The bottom line
Although personal hygiene is important for your health, it’s possible to bathe too often. Daily showers might be part of your schedule, but at the end of the day, you need to do what’s best for your skin.
If you’re plagued by dry skin and looking for a way to stop skin inflammation and irritation, experiment with fewer showers. Or at the very least, limit your showers to five minutes and skip the hot water.