When is it better to take a shower?
Most people start the day with a shower. Others prefer showering in the evening. But doesn't it matter when we shower? The right time to shower is important for the muscles, the circulation and our well-being. The decisive factor is which type of shower we are. We explain when we should take a shower. However, there are no general answers.
If you like hot and long showers, it is best to do this in the evening. The hot water relaxes the muscles and lowers the blood pressure somewhat as the vessels widen. This makes you tired more quickly and you can fall asleep better. Showering can be a real treat, especially after a stressful day!
Showering as a sleep aid
If you additionally insulate the light in the bathroom or even shower by candlelight, you will also support your body in the release of the sleep hormone melatonin. In addition, the evening shower is an advantage for those who want to sleep every morning.
Allergy sufferers should also take a shower in the evening, advises the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB). Possible allergens such as animal hair, pollen and dust from the skin and hair are rinsed off and do not end up in bed. A nasal douche before bed can also relieve sneezing and runny nose. In addition, the allergy experts advise not to bring street clothes into the bedroom so that adhering allergens cannot spread through the air.
For skin prone to dryness, evening cleaning is better. Because the protective coat of the skin can regenerate more easily over night. Then no tight clothing rubs against the body and the body care also has enough time to move in. Before bedtime is also the ideal time for body shaving. So the skin can calm down until the next morning and redness can subside.
With shower gel or without?
For very sensitive and dry skin, it is best to use lukewarm water to avoid irritating the skin. Sometimes you can even do without shower gel altogether: “If you are only sweaty but not dirty, you may also do without cleaning aids. The desired refreshment brings the shower anyway and the water has a rinsing effect, ”says Dr. Ernst Tabori, Director of the German Advice Center for Hygiene (BZH). “Everyone has to decide for themselves whether that's sufficient for themselves. In any case, not using a shower gel does not make you ill, ”the expert continues.
If you do not want to do without the foam for soaping, you should make sure to use mild products, according to the hygiene expert. "The fewer aggressive or irritating agents come to the skin, the less their natural function is impaired," says Tabori.
Clean the day
Those who tend to sweat at night are better off with the morning shower. It flushes away the sweat and thus prevents odors. Even greasy hair often requires a morning wash so that sebum and fat deposits from the scalp and hair are rinsed away and the hairstyle does not look flat or streaky.
Morning shower as a kick of freshness
The morning shower also has the added benefit of getting your circulation going and giving you energy for the day. For this, however, slightly cooler water temperatures are recommended. They stimulate blood circulation and revitalize the body and mind. Hence the saying that the best ideas always come in the shower.
The dose and the poison
Whether you should shower in the morning or in the evening is a question of type. But no matter whether in the morning or in the evening: for most, taking a shower is part of the wellness program. Some even shower twice a day. However, this should really only be done in exceptional cases, otherwise the skin will dry out too much. The natural acid mantle is attacked and germs have an easier time. Dermatologists even advise that you only take a shower every two to three days to protect the skin. (sb)