Shower: is that’s what’s Causing Your Dry Skin?

Do you really need to immerse yourself in water as often as you do? Water contains a variety of chemicals, including sodium chloride, potassium chloride, citric acid and chlorine dioxide, all of which contribute to dry skin; something to which we are prone as we age. Of course, there are some countries where the water contains no chemicals at all; good for your skin but not so good for your gut!

Here in the west we like to pour water on ourselves as part of a daily routine. We use soap or body washes which can double as shampoo, all with perfume of some description. Then we clothe ourselves and put on some perfume perfume which is often way too much. You know what happens. You walk into a room or someone sidles next to you, or you get in a lift (elevator), or you’re just walking down the street and suddenly BAM! Your nostrils and your brain are hit by an incredibly strong smell that you find offensive; on every level!

My two most favourite perfumes are YSL Noir or Chanel #5. If I can’t afford them, I will use something light like French Lavender Water or Rose Water; Although a lot of the smell-alike perfumes are excellent too. For example, Lidl (yes, Lidl no less), produce a perfume called Suddenly Madame Glamour which is a dead ringer for Chanel’s Coco. The money saving expert (click here) will guide you in buying online perfume where you can buy your favourite at a reduced price.

All of which leads me to the number of times a week you shower!

Morning or Evening?

Do you like to shower in the morning or do you prefer to shower at night? Do you do both? How often should you shower during each week?

There is no body of work anywhere that will give you a definitive answer to this question. What we do know is that the average person showers too much. In reality, 2 – 3 times per week is more than enough, unless we are in a very hot, sweat-making climate.

Why too much of a shower is bad

Without the bacteria (the microbiome; viruses, bacteria, microbes, archeae) that live on and in your body, your immune system, digestion, and even your heart would lose function or fail entirely. They are crucial to life itself.

We westernised people (living indoors in an urbanised, sterilised environment) are less robust than our counterparts.

Why do we shower?

Mostly for aesthetic reasons. If you’re showering to be cleaner and promote personal hygiene you’re doing your bacteria no favours.

The older we get, the more we should follow the pattern of less frequent showers. We want to maintain the antibiotic properties of our skin which, as part of the aging process, diminish; natural attrition again.

Baths; don’t do it!

As we age our skin thins and becomes more fragile and drier. Taking a bath with regular monotony will make the skin dry and probably increase the risk of infections.

Soaps and body washes; hidden dangers

All the products you use in the shower or bath (unless they’re an oil, and be careful with those!), will strip the natural oils from your body hair and skin. All of which we try to replace by buying moisturisers, creams, conditioners and potions.

It may be that common skin conditions such as acne are caused by stripping our bodies of our natural microbes. Chemically produced washes are not the solution.

The smell!

We don’t want to smell and there are microbes on our bodies that produce some pretty gross body odours. If you stop rinsing in the nooks and crannies and using deodorant you may quickly become unacceptable. To everybody but the dog.

The shower cognoscenti will tell you that once you abandon the daily scrub your own microbiome will take over and you no longer pong.

What to use on your dry skin.

You need to use scrubs; a loofah for the back  and one for the body will do nicely. Or you can buy a scrub but they mostly contain chemicals. However, here are four that  are natural:

ArtNaturals Himalayan Salt
Majestic Himalayan Salt body scrub with Lychee Essential oil  This is the one i use … very good!
Himalayan Salt body scrub with Lychee Fruit oil or with Sweet Almond Oil
Charcoal Exfoliating Scrub for face and body (Himalayan salt and charcoal powder) The next one I shall try …

Oils are also needed. Again, you’re looking for something natural.
I am currently having a love affair with Weleda Arnica Massage Oil. The only product I have found that works on my frighteningly dry skin

Some other suggestions for you are:
Viva Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil
Almond Massage Oil – All Natural, Unscented

What to do …

Shower less! Don’t let go of of cleanliness though. Wash your hands and clothes as though you have OCD. Yes, clothes! They collects dead cells as well as grime. If your skin is super dry, you can see white flakes on the inside of your clothes. Wash them …

Oh, and be careful with the detergent you use for washing for your clothes … there are plenty out there that will not harm your skin. You just have to read labels, as you do for food.

And if you want more about skin, try these blogs on Taking care of your Sensitive New Skin or even Eating to age Younger and help your Skin

So are you going to bite the bullet and reduce your shower numbers? Have you noticed your skin is drier and more tender to the touch? We’d love to know what you think …

 

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