Taking a shower is an almost innocuous act, yet so essential for the hygiene and well-being of the body and mind. Indeed, showering is not just for cleaning, it has many surprising effects. What are the benefits of showering and what are the right practices to adopt?
The benefits of showering.
What are the benefits of a morning shower?
Many people cannot start their workday without having a refreshing shower immediately after waking up. The morning shower, after a night's sleep, gently helps to "kick-start the engine". The water awakens the muscles that have been stationary during the night and invigorates the joints. Beyond the act of cleanliness, the morning shower prepares both the body and mind to face a busy day. It contributes to productivity and, most importantly, promotes a good mood.
To enhance the benefits, choose a shower gel with an invigorating fragrance such as citrus, tart fruits, white flowers etc.
In terms of temperature, most people opt for a warm or lukewarm shower, which provides a comforting and well-being moment. However, it is advisable not to exceed 39°C. A cold shower, especially in summer, is also appreciated for stimulating venous return and firming the skin. Moreover, cold water makes the hair shine.
What are the benefits of an evening shower?
After a hard and long day, there is nothing quite as soothing as taking a shower before slipping into comfortable clothes and retreating to the comfort of your bed or cosy sofa. An evening shower helps to rid the body of sweat, pollution and other grime. Indeed, after spending hours outdoors, especially in the summer, the skin has accumulated bacteria and other impurities that risk clogging the pores and causing unpleasant odours. But aside from cleansing us, the evening shower is relaxing. It combats fatigue and relaxes the muscles, heavy legs and body tensions. When you have suffered from the heat during the day, the evening shower cools you down. In short, you emerge feeling lighter and less stressed.
For pleasure, choose cleansing treatments with nourishing virtues such as our collection of cold saponified soaps with 8% superfat and 100% natural ingredients.
In terms of temperature, opt for a rather warm shower of 37-38°C to relieve muscle tension. On the other hand, during the summer holidays, a cold shower, around 20°C, will do you good.
Best practices for a shower that does you good.
In order to mitigate the drying and harmful effects of daily showering, here are some tips to put into practice:
Limit the frequency or duration of showers, especially if you lead a rather sedentary lifestyle, if you are often indoors, in a temperate climate; if you do not engage in intense physical efforts...
Opt for a small daily wash rather than a shower: this involves cleaning only the odorous areas and exposed parts of the body: the feet and hands, the face, the armpits and the intimate areas.
In relation to water temperature: use water that is between lukewarm and hot for washing, and water that is between lukewarm and cold for rinsing.
Do not stay under the shower for more than 10 minutes.
Use a gentle cleanser with a simple formulation such as Typology's gentle shea wash, coconut oil, olive oil.