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Jun 26

How often should you shower?

The ideal frequency of taking a  bath is a historical subject of debate with viral peaks of interest, of course. Every time a professor or celebrity publishes or releases before the cameras that showering daily is a direct affront to the skin, or that it is not even necessary to use deodorant, conversations about the issue proliferate.

Ten years ago, the United States -a stroke of scientific publication and various studies-, led the fashion of bathing babies only one day a week. Water consumption was reduced throughout the North American territory. In other countries, however, the therapeutic effect of water, left people to fall into the arms of Morpheus more easily. In addition to hygiene, we associate bath or shower with terms such as relaxation or toning.Often, the underlying reason for a second or third soak a day lies in relaxing muscles or before going out at night after a marathon.

The world is divided: on the one hand, there are extremists, who come to discourage more than a weekly full shower; and on the other, water worshipers and their relaxing and invigorating effects who think that with the right products, there should be no limits. Is it an exaggeration to have more than two showers a day? Probably, but it is done, and is more common than we think.

According to a study conducted by Demoscopia, from across Europe, a group of young people are the one that increases the average of clean people. Fifty percent of them shower one or more times a day and spend an average of 12 minutes in it. There is no limit between hygiene and going overboard with respect to hygiene.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the duration of the ideal shower to 5 minutes to achieve sustainable use of water and energy. However, only 9% of the people follow this duration. In the case of women, 13% of them exceed 20 minutes under water, and 10% shower twice or more, a day. However, beyond energy saving, we must take into account other factors that discourage hygiene abuse.

The lipid mantle is not eternal. The barrier that cover our skin to protect it naturally can wear out or be altered as a result of indiscriminate showers and the use of inappropriate soaps. The lipid layer (organic molecules) has a slightly acidic pH, which is around 5.5. This is the critical number that prevents the passage of germs, bacteria, viruses, and mites. That is why it is so important not to alter your acidity.

A daily shower does not compromise our lipid mantle. There is not much of a problem in usage of excess water as it is  in the use of soap, a product that ends up dissolving our natural defense wrap.

The smell is the underlying reason that leads many people to perform continuous acts of washing. However, it must be made clear, that sweat does not have to smell. The apocrine sweat, and underarms, only smell if it joins bacteria that break down the aroma. In the case of athletes or people who develop physical effort, second shower a day is understood but apart of these extreme situations, the most advisable thing is, as the specialist suggests, washing by parts, the affected problem areas ( feet and armpits) instead of repeating. Following this protocol, there is nothing that compels the daily full shower, and there would be no more significant problem in showering two or three times a week.

Of course, if the child arrives from the park battered in the sand, send it directly to the bathroom, even if it is the third time of the day. Age, by the way, can be a determining factor when marking the frequencies: With the passage of time, the secretion of the sweat is diminishing, and in the case of the elderly, two weekly showers can keep them clean and free of foul odor.

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