We often take you for granted. It is an integral part of our everyday life in the form of the morning shower, the application of a deodorant and a nourishing body lotion: The personal hygiene …
Taking care of your body means taking care of your skin and therefore yourself.
But why is personal hygiene so important?
The surface of the skin of an adult human is on average 1.7 square meters and is therefore our largest organ. It is not only a sensory organ, but also serves to protect against harmful environmental influences and takes on important tasks in metabolism and also in our heat regulation. Our skin is a very delicate, sensitive organ that should be well cared for, only 1.5 to 4mm thick. If you don't start taking care of your skin at a young age, you will definitely see it in old age. In order to keep them healthy, plump and rosy for a long time, you should give them daily attention. Let's start with cleaning as an aspect of personal hygiene: showering is definitely the most popular type of body washing here, and a large part of the population (according to surveys) finds showering the most hygienic.
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The shower gel is more popular than the bar of soap. Women often prefer creamy, gentle care showers, men often prefer their shower gel with a freshness kick: tingling and cooling, for example through essential additives such as menthol or mint. Unfortunately, showering every day can damage the protective acid mantle of the skin. In the long run, this can have negative consequences, especially for dry and sensitive skin, as the protective acid mantle is supposed to protect the skin from external, negative influences. If you still don't want to miss the daily shower, you should shower as short as possible and only with lukewarm water. When you shower too hot, the skin loses moisture and important skin oils that are difficult to replenish. If possible, you should limit complete lathering and lathering to every other day.
20-30% of all people have dry skin. When showering, you should use pH-neutral shower gels and make sure that you do not remove more moisture and fats from the skin. A peeling (so-called body scrub) should only be done every 3-4 weeks if the skin is dry.
When showering, it is essential to pay attention to the ingredients of the shower gel or shower cream. Surfactants, dyes and perfumes can often cause irritation, redness and / or itching, as the regeneration of the protective acid mantle is disturbed. The skin is extremely sensitive to external influences. To avoid burning and irritation, the skin should also be gently dabbed with a soft towel after the shower, as vigorous rubbing would only put more stress on the skin. Peelings and brush massages are unfortunately not suitable for this skin type.
Showering does not really affect this skin type because the skin oils are formed again relatively quickly. Nevertheless, a mild, cleansing shower gel should be preferred even for oily skin, as harsh, aggressive agents can stimulate the skin to build up more oil.
Stimulating blood circulation in the skin and gently removing dead skin cells is not only good for a rosier, smoother complexion, but also for the immune system in general. In order not to unnecessarily irritate the skin, you have to choose the peeling cleverly and adapt it to your own skin type. With sensitive skin, it is best not to use any peeling at all, so as not to irritate the skin. A gentle cleaning is usually sufficient here. If you don't want to do without a peeling, a cream peeling with rounded particles should definitely be used. If you use coarse peelings that contain almond bran, sugar or salt, for example, then you should only apply this to normal or oily skin. The peeling should be distributed with gentle, circular movements and then rinsed off well.
Detox for the tissue: Body brushing, also known as dry brushing, is now a real trend in body care. Although mostly performed by women on problem areas such as the thighs and stomach, this gentle method of detoxifying tissue is not only good for cellulite & Co., but also strengthens the immune system in general (so it is also very interesting for men). Regular dry brushing stimulates the lymph flow and toxins / waste products in the tissue are excreted more quickly. It makes the skin appear smooth and rosy and the care substances in lotions and creams are more easily absorbed. Before showering or bathing: It is best to use a hand brush with natural bristles and massage towards the heart with gentle circular movements. Important: the brush is only used dry and replaced regularly. It is best to start at the ankles and then work your way up to the stomach. Then it goes from the wrists towards the shoulder. Please avoid sensitive parts of the body and only perform on healthy, uninjured skin. If you have sensitive skin or skin diseases as well as thyroid problems, you should avoid this brush massage or ask a doctor for advice first.
For many men and women, applying a moisturizing lotion after showering is an integral part of personal hygiene. The demands are high: it should provide a lot of moisture, have a moisturizing effect, be absorbed immediately, not be sticky, smell good ... etc etc ... The right ingredients play an important role here! For example, parabens and paraffin should be avoided entirely. Glycerine, allantoin and hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, are often found on the ingredient list because of their moisturizing properties. They leave the skin feeling soft and increase elasticity and resilience.
Extra tip: Spice up body lotion with fragrant body oil The scent of a body lotion unfortunately disappears very quickly. If you want to smell extra long, extra good, you can mix a few drops or splashes of perfumed body oil into the lotion. (Unfortunately not suitable for sensitive skin types.)
It is best to choose a pH-neutral deodorant that may also contain a nourishing ingredient such as vitamin E. Neutralizing body odor is always better than covering it with lots of perfumes. Here, too, it is advisable to apply the product directly after showering.