There is nothing like a hot shower. It is one of the great pleasures of life, especially after a day of hard work and cold freezer. Is there anything I can sit better? If you do sports and you have made your body sweat, the shower will be triple rewarding. However, there are some doctors and experts who think that if the water is at very high temperature It may be doing more harm than good to the health of your skin.
"Any skin infection can get worse with a very hot shower," he explains. Shari Marchbein, New York dermatologist, to the magazine 'Allure'. "Eliminates sebum from the skin, as well as fats and the necessary oils to keep the skin in perfect condition and instead they dehydrate it. "That phenomenon that occurs as soon as you leave the bathroom where your fingers stay as you pass and wrinkle is nothing but the lack of moisture in the dermis.
Water, if it is at high temperatures, destroys the skin barrier that protects the skin from infectious or irritating agents
But not only people with some type of skin problem should exercise caution. Spend extended periods of time under the boiling shower It can have harmful effects not only for the dermis, but also for the hair. The magazine 'Allure' has brought together different experts to show their vision of the case in this regard, and if there is any hope for all those who cannot imagine life without going through the shower every morning or before going to bed.
Eczema or Acne
Evidently, if you suffer from atopic dermatitis and the water is too hot, It can only get worse. It also occurs with diseases such as psoriasis, acne or rosacea skin syndrome. Similarly, if you have excessively dry skin you also run the risk that the shower will make your condition worse. The reason is that water, if it is at high temperatures, destroys the skin barrier that protects the skin.
If it is hot, it can be too aggressive for the hair and prevents the shampoo from fulfilling its function
"A deteriorated skin barrier is the main cause of dry skin, as well as the elimination of healthy fats in the upper part of the dermis, composed of cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides, essential for maintaining good dermatological health ", Marchbein argues. "And it is precisely having dry skin that makes the lipid protective layer unable to keep moisture and keep bacteria or other irritants out of your reach." If there is a lack of moisture, it is best to opt for warmer water baths, since if you maintain this routine frequently you may have other health problems, such as eczema or pink skin syndrome.
And if you have healthy skin?
Even if you don't have any skin-related condition, a hot shower can also be very damaging to it, since it sweeps all natural and beneficial oils from the dermis. "Moderation is key when you take a shower with very hot water," he says. Dhaval Bhanusali, expert dermatologist based in New York. In addition, it is in winter when we are most at risk of damaging the epidermis: "We are all more likely to have dry skin and itchy sensation as the humidity levels go down and the temperature rises to the water," acknowledges the expert. "In addition, hot and dry radiator air also removes moisture from our skin."
And the hair?
Like very hot water, it eliminates beneficial oils and healthy fats that protect the skin, repeating the effect with the hair. Further, prevents hair growth, reason that it grows slower in winter or that you fall more times with the changes of season. "Water at high temperatures can be too aggressive for your hair, as well as it can prevent the shampoo or conditioner from rinsing, which will affect its quality and texture."
In short, the best thing you can do is not abuse water showers for too long a time. If you do it quickly you will minimize the damage. And not only that, you will also gain in quality of life and you will be able to lower the gas bill, which at this time does not look like it is very low. "