It’s tough living in the tropical environment of the Philippines. The heat in tropical countries means you have to constantly shower in order to cool off and clean up. Filipinos and a lot of other South East Asians have to shower often just to remove the grime and dried sweat that accumulate on our skins.
We’re sure many of you know the routine: go in the bathroom, sprinkle some water, use soap/shampoo, rinse and dry.
But how many of you know how to wash themselves correctly? Some people may not realize that they aren’t showering correctly. You can’t expect to be completely clean by just soaping yourself up for 30 seconds – it doesn’t work that way.
Dr. Nadine Baclagan, a Dermatology resident at UERM Memorial Medical Center warns: “If a person doesn’t shower for days, bad microbes may accumulate causing various bacterial and fungal skin infections (buni, an-an, and had-had). This increased transmission can cause body odor.”
“Oil build-up in the setting of sweat and pollutants may clog skin pores resulting to pimples,” Dr. Baclagan added.
If you’re not convinced, then maybe this will help: “Uncircumcised men with poor hygiene are more prone to urinary tract and yeast infections, cancer of the penis, and foreskin abnormalities,” Dr. Baclagan warns.
Dr. Baclagan also claims that proper showering has other health benefits like: improving blood circulation, reducing stress, and relaxing the muscles. Read these tips on how you can properly wash away the filth off your body!
1) Avoid using hot water when showering
According to Dr. Baclagan, bathing in hot water for more than 10 minutes leads to dry skin. She also says that 10 minutes should be the maximum amount of time spent showering. Hot water removes the natural essential oils your skin produces and disturbs the stratum corneum.
The stratum corneum is the outer most layer of skin which protects us from bacteria and other harsh elements.
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2) Start from your head
Wash your hair first and make sure you leave no dirt, sweat, dead skin, or oil from your hair that might transfer to your face. Don’t go overboard with your shampoo so your hair can keep a level of sebum. Sebum is the natural oil your body produces that keeps your hair and skin hydrated. Also, go easy on your scalp and rub your head gently when lathering up. Avoid using your nails because you might scratch your scalp.
3) Pay attention to your more sensitive areas
Naturally, it’s a no-brainer to scrub your entire body clean. However you should give more attention to your underarms and genital area. Dr. Baclagan explains that those areas are breeding grounds for bacteria due to the hair and sweat glands located there – so you may need to wash those areas thoroughly. If you’ve got a hairy chest then scrub that area too.
4) Use the right products for your skin
A regular bar of soap is fine but if you should consider specialized cleansers and liquid wash if you have dry skin. Those products are better for you since they contain hydrating elements. If you have oily skin, make use of water-based products instead of oil-based.
In addition, Dr. Baclagan says, “Men who have hypersensitive skin can use products that are labeled as fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic. You should also avoid using loofahs that may accelerate skin drying and may harbor bacteria.”
Remember that moderation is key when showering. Many experts recommended that you don’t shower more than once a day. The only exception to this rule is if you’re going to do a lot of physical activity on that day, such as going to the gym.
Dr. Baclagan left this last tip for readers to keep in mind: “Too frequent bathing in a day may eliminate the resident good bacteria in our skin, and predispose us to opportunistic infections like those caused by fungus.”
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