‘Do not take a long bath!’ says the doctor, referring to the’maximum’ amount of time spent bathing.
FOR PEOPLE WITH SKIN CONDITIONS, WINTER CAN BE A DANGEROUS TIME.
A common trap people fall into, according to Doctor George Moncrieff, is taking a long bath – how long should you bathe and why?
Winter can be depressing at the best of times, but if you have a skin condition, the cold season can be especially difficult.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered in silvery scales. Cold winter air can wreak havoc on the skin, exacerbating skin problems like psoriasis.
You may be tempted to take a long, hot bath to alleviate your skin problems, but resist.
Doctor George Moncrieff, speaking on ITV’s This Morning, said that this inviting practice can actually be counterintuitive.
“You’d think taking a long bath would be the right thing to do, but that’s actually not right?” Phillip Schofield had asked.
“A ten-minute bath in cool water hydrates the skin nicely,” Doctor Moncrieff responded, “but if you stay in the water for too long, you begin to remove the body’s natural oils.”
The skin requires oil on the surface to prevent water from evaporating, as he explained.
The doctor recommended bathing for five to ten minutes “at most.”
It’s also possible that the temperature of your bath is dangerous.
“You’re melting that [oil]off as well if you take a hot bath,” Doctor Moncrieff warned.
The length of time spent bathing is not the only factor to consider.
Skin issues may be exacerbated by the frequency.
While Harvard Health focuses on showering, the same principles apply to bathing.
“Daily showers do not improve your health, may cause skin problems or other health problems, and, most importantly, they waste a lot of water,” the health organization warns.
While there is no ideal frequency, most experts agree that showering several times per week is sufficient (unless you are filthy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more frequently).
“Short showers (three or four minutes) focused on the armpits and groin may suffice,” Harvard Health suggests.
“If you’re like me, it’s hard to imagine skipping the daily shower,” the health organization continues.
However, if you’re doing it for your health, it might not be a bad habit to break.”
Swimming in cold water, on the other hand, has numerous health benefits, according to research.
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