Has anyone thought of our skin as the number one organ and biome for our bodies? Here's a fascinating article and recorded discussion with a physician who advocates for less showering and use of products that destroy that delicate and important body biome.
I'm sure some of us who find showering difficult will be very intrigued by this.
Hi @A MyFibroTeam Member ... though I haven't read the entire article I don't think this doctor is saying to never get wet or not to exercise in a pool. I think he's saying that the frequency of bathing combined with the amount of chemicals in products we use to cleanse add up to external disruption of the skin biome and may be disruptive to our health and to inspire us to question how we have integrated marketing and cosmetic values over our health. And because we have, as a society, have equated godliness with cleanliness for another thing.
Like you, I enjoy swimming and pool time in general and the relaxing benefits of a warm shower. But that's not the point of the skin health that this article is focusing on. Does this make sense? Maybe reading the article will help a bit more, ok? Have a good day 💦🙋♀️
If you think about our grandparents, excuse me, the grandparents of baby boomers and their habits, you realize that being super clean is relatively new. Even I as a child only washed my hair once a week on Saturday night. As a sicker, older person I don't shower and wash my hair every day. I was my hair every three days and sponge bath every night. I only shower after sweating during gardening. However, I seriously can't see going five years without a shower! I know I would itch!!
Yeah, no need to dry out your skin and then have to slather it in store bought creams. Although my husband has quit using store bought body lotion stuff. Now days he just uses olive oil, vaseline and witch hazel. Cheaper and he likes it better. Plus it doesn't set off my migraines.
I wash my hair once a week. Shower is same. I love hot baths. I know that is so not good for my skin either. I did not red the article ,but I agree that over washing is not a good thing. The new thing is the more lather the better! Ummmm , NO it is not! I love my natural soaps that are mild.
Be kind to your skin biomes .