Should I start with the body or the hair?
Although there are no real rules, the pros recommend starting with the hair, especially if you use a treatment shampoo. Indeed, anti-dandruff or rebalancing formulas require a 2-3 minute exposure time to act on the scalp. You can use this time to wash your body and then rinse it off.
Avoid using the same product for the body and the hair because this can create imbalances: hair that re-greases, skin that dries out, for example.
What is the ideal duration and temperature?
A shower that is too long and water that is too hot: a duo that is not only aggressive for the superficial layers of the skin but also impairs blood circulation. The pros recommend 3 minutes of soaping. If you think that's a bit short, you can stay up to 10 minutes. And as for temperature, avoid exceeding 37°C to avoid creating a thermal shock that could cause severe dehydration.
What is a superfatted soap?
Among the "syndets" (contraction of the name "synthetic-detergent") which wash the skin without attacking it, there are bars or gels called "surgras" or “ultra-rich”. These are enriched with glycerin, shea butter or oils, which intensely nourish the skin as soon as they are applied and without any application time.
Who is it for? This type of product is mainly for very dry skin because it also protects the skin from very hard water and leaves a nourishing and protective film.
Does a product that lathers a lot wash better?
This is a common misconception that is hard to dispel! The amount of foam depends on the surfactants used. Sodium laureth sulfate, which is often found, lathers a lot but is not gentle on the skin! Today, there are other milder surfactants, such as sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate from coconut, which lathers less but is just as effective in terms of skin cleanliness.
Who is it for? If you have fragile skin, low-foaming products can make your life easier. Choose sulfate-free shower gels, organic shower creams or washing powders.
Should scrubs be applied to wet skin?
It is preferable because moistening the skin allows the dead cells to detach more easily at the time of exfoliation, without risk of irritation.
The right gesture: Apply the scrub to the body in circular motions, insisting on rough areas such as the heels and knees. Always rinse with the same type of movement to rid the skin of grains. Or simply use a pressurized shower head.
How to choose between shower gel and soap?
Today you will find the same benefits in both textures. However, you should know that solid soaps often contain fewer ingredients: aficionados of natural products therefore turn to them more often. They are also very suitable for people who travel because they take up less space and often allow more uses. Shower gels, on the other hand, are often favored by the most sensitive skins because they are less detergent, and therefore softer with their hydrolipidic film.
The right thing to do: For both products, take a good look at the composition of the product, preferring washing bases of plant origin, which are more delicate and respectful, or products with a short list of ingredients.
Is the shower flower a good ally?
While it transforms shower gel into a dense, creamy lather and provides your skin with daily micro-exfoliation, dead cells tend to stick to it, which can quickly turn it into a veritable nest of bacteria...
The right thing to do: If you're addicted to it, rinse it thoroughly after each shower, dry it in an atmosphere that's less humid than the one in the bathroom and change it at least once a month.
Is it better to shower at night or in the morning?
In the morning, a shower is invigorating and toning, it allows the body to wake up. It is also a good choice for oily skin that needs to be rid of the sebum produced at night. In the evening, the shower has more relaxing virtues, especially if you have trouble falling asleep, and it allows dry skin to benefit from a first nourishing gesture, with a shower oil for example, a boost to night-time regeneration. Whatever your choice, one shower a day is enough, any more and you risk damaging the skin.
Which soaps should I choose for the whole family?
Dermatologists believe that "soap-free" cleansing products are one of the best choices to meet the needs of the whole family's skin, whether in the form of a gel, dermatological bar or cleansing oil, because they are less drying and often closer to the skin's pH level than others.
The right thing to do: The pros recommend changing textures according to the season. For example, use cleansing oils in winter and gels in summer.
Is it so important to finish with a cold-water jet?
Yes, because it has a very invigorating effect on the skin and also on the blood circulation. However, if you really can't stand cold water, you can just use a jet of cool water, as the difference in temperature will have a beneficial effect anyway.
Thanks to Dr. Toni Ionesco, Dermatologist and Medical Director of Uriage Dermatological Laboratories.