The World Health Organization (WHO) has already been concerned with designing the perfect shower, which should never exceed 5 minutes in length or 95 liters of water. However, according to the latest survey conducted in Spain by the faucet company Hansgrohe, 91% of us ignores this recommendation. 42% of the population showers daily and for more than 10 minutes. Women spend the most water: 13% stay in the shower more than 20 minutes on a regular basis, compared to 3% of men who exceed that time. The waste of water is, however, compensated by those who shower less than three times a week.
However, leaving aside the questions of sustainability, there are many other errors that we make in the shower and that directly affect our skin. These are the most frequent:
1. Increase the temperature. We tend to regulate the thermostat to a comfortable high temperatures, which help us to warm up without burning the skin. However, it is not the ideal alternative. Warm water is the best option because it does not dry out the dermis. It is considered warm water around 30 ºC. At around 24ºC it is cool; and hot, from 38 ºC.
2. Abusing soap. Gels with soap remove the acid mantle from the skin. Doctors recommend finding formulas “without,” the so-called syndets, which respect the hydrolipidic layer that covers the skin. Most pharmacy shower products respond to this demand. However, when it comes to waterless bathing products, they are milder than our regular soaps and do not include syndets, as they do not need water to develop foam.
3. Repeat. Showering more than once a day is not good either. In this case, we must try to make the second shower as quickly as possible and without gel.
4. Lose the pH of the skin. Trends such as using soap, with an alkaline pH, only serve to dizziness our acid balance. The pH is the degree of acidity of a substance, and that of the skin varies between 4.5 and 5.9. The level of the water is 7, and it corresponds to compensate this mismatch with gels or soaps that contain a pH around 5.
5. Use of excessively perfumed products. They can cause allergies or dermatitis on sensitive skin. The rule “more foam, more preservatives” is fulfilled in most cases. The more cosmetic a hygiene product is, the higher the risk of aggression to the skin.
6. Not clarifying well. The minimum remaining gel or soap that remains on the skin can cause irritant dermatitis. Do a detailed inspection before leaving the shower.
7. Depilate underwater. 67% of women who do not resort to professional hair removal systems, recognize doing it with a blade. Most take advantage of the moment of the shower but shaving the hair while waterfalls, can irritate. If you do not plan to give up the habit, do it at least with specific gels and foams and warm or cold water. You can also use dry or waterless body bath products to create a soapy lather on the area you want to shave, as it does not require water and hence, won’t cause irritation.
8. Overdose. As the stylist says, excesses are not good. In the case of shampoo and soothing cream, a superabundance can cause the opposite effect to that desired. The surplus always stays in the hair fiber, providing weight, subtracting shine from the hair and even causing dryness, itching and scaling on the scalp. The right dose, if it is a good product, is the size of a walnut for a medium mane.
9. A loose rinse. The hair has to squeak as it drips. It is the only accurate sound to determine that it is entirely clear. Proper washing is an optimal clarification; it is useless to use the best product if it is not clarified conscientiously. The consequences of erring at this point? An opaque hair, without shine and with the root stuck to the scalp and unable to express any volume.
10. Asphyxiate the scalp. The ideal process begins with shampoo in the palm that is then distributed throughout the hair, without falling into the typical gesture of concentrating the entire product on the crown. In the case of the conditioner, whether it is a regular shampoo or waterless shampoo, it is necessary to distribute it by the means and the tips, making a massage towards the scalp and without rubbing the ends too much.
11. Forget the towel. Leaving the skin moist is only justified if we resort to a moisturizing or nourishing oil, which should spread on the skin and allow it to dry naturally.
12. Ignore the nails. The nail brush should be a necessary complement in the bathtub. You have to apply the shower gel on it and rub it well, both on your feet and in your hands. We tend to forget, and every time I find extremities in worse condition.
13. Turn your back to your back. As the beautician indicates, it is one of the areas most prone to accumulate dead cells. The contortion exercises that must be done to rub it are the excuse, but there are braided pipes that are held by the ends that make the task much more comfortable.
14. Generalize – Healthy and autonomous people can do without this cleaning tool and apply the gel with the palm. However, there are cases in which it will be recommended, for its benefits, the use of the sponge: as, for example, if there are skin lesions, as in psoriasis, for which the sponge has advantages given its desquamating power. Dependent people due to illness or age (children and the elderly) are also advisable. In these cases, the ideal is to use disposable sponges, because they become a reservoir of irremediable germs.