Would you like to celebrate World Health Day with us? Our proposal is very simple: we’ll remind you of four good habits for the shower and then you share them, so that we don’t forget them again almost immediately.
Some time ago the World Health Organization reminded us what the perfect shower was like: it should never exceed 5 minutes in duration or use more than 95 litres of water. Even so, many of us don’t do this well. So this will be the first habit to bear in mind: to use the right amount of water so that the consumption is sustainable. But, as well as this advice, here are some more suggestions for enjoying the best kind of shower, looking after your body at the same time:
If you shower more than once a day, because you exercise or have a job involving a great deal of physical exertion, try not to always use soap. And if you do use it, try to make sure it respects the pH of your skin, which should have a level between 5 and 6.
The contrasts in water temperature are very beneficial for stimulating the circulation. But if you don’t feel up to cold water, at least don’t overdo it with the heat. Put the thermostat closer to 30 ºC than to 40 ºC; believe it or not, the moderate temperature will relax you more, while hot water could aggravate circulatory problems such as varicose veins.
This is a part of the shower to which many don’t pay adequate attention, but it is equally or more important than the previous ritual. Unless you have used a moisturising body oil which needs to be slowly absorbed through the skin without drying, dry your body thoroughly. Pay special attention to the areas between the fingers and the toes, to prevent fungal growth.
Enjoy a healthy shower!