Summer is here and we smell it on the subway, in the office and on ourselves. We sweat. We call the obvious solution showering, but it has one major catch: we use it to dry out our skin very much, especially if we overdo it. Fortunately, you don't have to do without refreshment in the bathroom. We tell you what you can do to dry skin by showering.
The fact is: showering stresses our skin.
Our upper layer of skin is covered by a fine fatty acid coat that contains bacteria and mixtures of substances that are important to us: it defends our skin against foreign bacteria and thus protects against inflammation, acne, pimples, eczema and more. However, this natural skin barrier also keeps the moisture in our skin because it can evaporate less quickly.
So what happens when we take a shower?
We rinse off this skin barrier and attack our own defenses, which means that we are defenseless against germs, fungi and viruses and dehydration. The consequences: Wrinkles due to dry skin and a higher risk of skin inflammation and eczema.
The right shower for better skin
... or less bad. By taking a shower, we inevitably harm our skin and ourselves. But it doesn't work without it. That's why you should consider a few don'ts when washing your body:
1. Don't shower too often
The good news is that our skin barrier usually regenerates itself if we give it a chance. According to dermatologists, showering three times a week is sufficient for personal hygiene. You should only wash your sweating parts of the body gently every day: penis and testicles, buttocks, armpits, hollow of the knees and - if present - deeper wrinkles, such as on the stomach.
If you say now that you have to take a shower every day to be a whole person: we understand. But then ideally do without shower gel or aggressive soaps. More on that in a moment.
2. Don't shower too long
It's not like a single drop of water destroys the entire acid mantle. But the more water there is, the more we wash away our own natural protection. So: According to the experts, it should be less than four minutes.
3. Do not shower hot
From 35 degrees Celsius it is bad for the skin. The horny layer swells and the self-protection loosens. Why not take a cold shower right away? Because we're secretly warm showerers? Perhaps! But:
If the temperature is too cold, the vessels contract and try to keep the body warm. However, the blood flow to the skin continues shortly afterwards - and with it the sweating. The fun starts over.
A short, lukewarm shower is the answer: you put less strain on the horny layer and do not shock the vessels from the cold.
4. Do not use too much or wrong soaps
The formula is simple: the more soap and foam you use, the more fat-dissolving agents are on the skin, the more you leach it out. Less is more! Use soaps without surfactants that are nourishing and moisturizing at the same time.
5. Don't put on bad shower gels
Don't be tempted by shower scrubs, they will only damage your skin barrier. You should also keep your hands off cleaners that contain fragrances, colors and preservatives such as BHT or microplastics and silicones .
Shower products that support the pH of the skin are good. That is 5.5. As a result, you attack your skin barrier less. If your shower gel also contains moisturizing substances such as urea or hyaluron , you support the moisture balance of your skin in the shower. For a gentle cleansing of your face with these two substances, we recommend the Gentle Facial Cleanser from sober.
6. Don't dry the skin dead
After the shower, you don't want to have wet skin, so you dry yourself off. Only: If you rub the towel too hard, you also remove dander that belongs to the acid coat. That is why dabbing is sufficient - and the skin also feels much better afterwards!
Facial care after the shower is mandatory against wrinkles
You won't be able to avoid it entirely. When you take a shower, you remove moisture from your skin. That's why it's all the more about giving her moisture back. Especially for those places that dehydrate quickly, it is all the more important to help with moisturizing.
For the face, we therefore recommend the Hydra Defense Cream, which we developed especially for hydrating men's skin. It uses the effects of urea and hyaluron and cares for your face after the shower. You can get the face cream for men in our shop .
Come through the summer well. And #staysober