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How to wipe your body skin?

The drying stage should not be taken lightly to avoid drying out and irritating the skin. With what and how should one wipe the skin? Here are all our tips for properly wiping the body.

The drying stage: how to properly dry your body after a shower?

As soon as you step out of the shower, you cannot resist the urge to briskly rub your skin dry with a towel to remove excess water. However, it is advised to avoid this harmful habit that can damage your skin.

Indeed, this vigorous rubbing strips the skin further. However, weakened by heat, cleansing products and hard water, your skin actually requires gentleness. That's why it's generally recommended to dry yourself by gently patting your towel on your body. Nevertheless, this method has been criticised, because the skin remains somewhat damp. This makes it vulnerable, and bacteria and moulds can develop and multiply more easily.

As such, it is advisable to start by dabbing with gentle pressure to absorb as much water as possible, then dry any remaining damp areas, without rubbing. Pay particular attention to your feet, ensuring the spaces between your toes are thoroughly dried. Indeed, poor drying in this area promotes unpleasant odours, and the emergence of fungi and minor infections. Besides the feet, the back, often covered in sweat and clothing, and the navel, a delicate skin area, are often overlooked, even though they are rich in bacteria.

In all instances, avoid using rough materials. Indeed, by drying yourself with them, you will not only promote the removal of beneficial bacteria present on the surface (skin microbiota), but also exacerbate the appearance of micro-cracks, which are entry points for infections.

Once this process is completed, always remember to moisturise your entire body after showering with a body moisturising cream that is suitable for your skin's needs. Indeed, tap water, which is rich in limestone, weakens the epidermis, making the skin more reactive and sensitive. In addition to restoring the skin's hydrolipidic film to protect it from dehydration and external aggressions, moisturising with a suitable care product will help to soothe any potential irritations, redness and tightness that may occur after showering.


  • VOEGELI D. & al. The effect of washing and drying practices on skin barrier function. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing (2008).


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