A shower may be a way of cooling down when we perspire in the high summer temperatures. However, too many cold-water showers are not beneficial to the skin, because they can destroy the delicate acid mantle and, in the worst case, even cause eczema. BWT has provided some tips to ensure your showers are always refreshing and enjoyable.
Whether first thing in the morning or to freshen up during the day, many of us retreat into the cool oasis of the shower when we sweat in hot, sunny temperatures. But too much dousing can damage the skin; a view shared by dermatologists. Shower gel, shampoo and excessive dampness put a strain on the delicate acid mantle that protects the skin from potentially harmful external elements, resulting in scaly, inflamed and itchy skin. The following tips from BWT show you what to bear in mind when taking a shower
Short and not too hot: For a quick ‘wash and brush-up’, for example after a sporting activity or heavy sweating, simply rinse off without using shower gel. Note: don’t have the water too hot, or it will destroy the skin’s natural protective mantle which keeps bacteria, viruses and fungal growths at bay!
Always remember to rub down: A mild shower gel with a pH value of 5.5 maintains the skin’s natural mantle while moisturisers also prevent the skin from dehydrating. As a rule of thumb, a hazelnut-sized amount of shower gel will suffice. Finally, only clean the parts of the body that have a high concentration of sweat, sebaceous and scent glands, i.e. armpits, genital areas and feet. Those with sensitive skin should also use products that are free from fragrances, colouring or preservatives. Also, beware of exfoliants and scrubs, as these not only remove the hydro-lipid film, but also attack the top layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Soft water showers: Showering with soft water prevents the skin from becoming too dry, because when combined with soap hard water with a high calcium content forms insoluble salts known as ’scum’, which leaves a residue on the skin and hair. However, soft water does not produce this unpleasant effect and leaves the skin noticeably soft and the hair shiny and silky. Moreover, soft water has medicinal properties and can relieve itchy conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema. Specific water softening systems, e.g. BWT AQA perla, soften the water using a natural ion exchange process that reduces any calcium and magnesium ions dissolved in the water. If you want to know the level of water hardness in your region, contact your local water authority or use the water hardness function on the BWT website for Germany and Austria. Special test strips can also help determine water hardness.