Have you heard of “Cleansing Reduction”? That means “washing less,” and it’s been a real movement in England and the U.S. for some time now. Stars like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have also publicly embraced the trend – but how useful is it really? Tikbow asked an expert about the pros and cons of “Cleansing Reduction” for skin and hair.
What does "Cleansing Reduction" mean?
Cleansing Reduction” means something like “reduced washing” and has many followers, especially in the UK and the USA, including the actor couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. According to the Cleansing Reduction supporters, excessive hygiene destroys the skin’s natural protective layer and dries out the hair unnecessarily. In addition, small bacteria that are good against pathogens should not be shed. We asked Munich dermatologist Dr. Sabine Zenker how unhealthy water, shower gel, shampoo and the like actually are for skin and hair.
How often should one shower?
At most twice a week – anything else would cause too much damage to the skin, claim adherents of "Cleansing Reduction." Dr. Zenker sees things differently. "Hygiene is at the top of the list, especially when it comes to health," she says. Basically, everyone is allowed to shower as often and as long as they like. If he feels that his skin is tight afterwards, the water may have been too hot or too much soap was used, says Dr. Zenker. The dermatologist advises people with dry skin to use cleansing products sparingly. In the places where it is really necessary – under the armpits, on the feet – and so on. Shower gels are more suitable because, unlike soap, they are greasy in addition to cleaning. If this is not enough, you can use a suitable care product afterwards.
Is washing hair harmful?
"If one goes daily with Kernseife on it, determines", means Dr. Zenker. The ideal wash rhythm must find out each humans for itself. But: "As long as one pays attention to hair type-fair care, is also against the tägliche hair wash nothing to say" Apropos care: No fear of shampoos from the supermarket! They are not necessarily worse than the expensive ones from the specialized trade, the expert confirms. Basically, everyone can try it first with a drugstore product that is excellent for their needs. And anyone who feels that their hair is extremely greasy again after just half a day should not switch on their hair care, but change it – and definitely consult a dermatologist.
In pathological cases, sometimes only medicinal tinctures or tablets help. However, such a problem has nothing to do with excessive hair growth. Dr. Zenker has little to say about the recently so popular dry shampoo: “It merely applies itself to the hair shaft, but does not remove sweat or sebum from the scalp. It is therefore not suitable as a substitute for hygiene, but rather as a quick refresher for in-between use.
Cleansing face – yes or no?
We know: The top layer of skin, which is directly exposed to external influences, contains protein and fat. These two substances form a kind of protective layer for the epidermis to prevent it from losing moisture. When it comes into contact with water, the skin swells and moisture evaporates. But is that why you should stop washing your hair?
Dr. Zenker gives the all-clear: “Cleansing is very important, especially in the evening, to remove the traces of the day, i.e. make-up, sweat and sebum. It is up to each individual to decide whether they prefer to use a tonic or a washing gel. Rinsing off the products with water afterwards is perfectly okay, even twice a day. The only thing that matters is choosing the right product so that the skin doesn’t either dry out or get üovercared.