Doctor's health warning on the maximum time you should spend in the bath

A long, hot soak in the bathtub on a cold winter’s day can be absolute bliss.

It can be tempting to sink into a steamy hot tub, but anyone with skin conditions might need to think twice.

For those suffering from a condition like psoriasis, bathing for too long can wreak havoc on the skin.

Doctor George Moncrieff appeared on ITV’s This Morning to explain why being in a hot bath for too long can prove counterintuitive to express reported.

He replied to Phillip Schofield’s question: “You would think taking a long bath would be the right thing to do, but actually it isn’t right?”

dr Moncrieff replied: “A 10-minute soak that’s not too hot hydrates the skin very well, but if you’re in the water for too long you start to strip away the body’s natural oils.

As he explained, skin needs oil on the surface to keep water from evaporating.

The doctor advised a “maximum” of five to ten minutes in the bathroom.

The temperature of your bath could also prove risky.

“If you take a hot bath, it melts [oil] off too,” warned Doctor Moncrieff.

Bath time is not the only important factor. The frequency can also contribute to skin problems.

Harvard Health focuses on showering, but so does bathing.

“Showering every day does not improve health, can cause skin problems or other health problems – and most importantly, it wastes a lot of water,” warns the health authority.

While there’s no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times a week is enough for most people (unless you’re dirty, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more frequently).

“Short showers (lasting three or four minutes) focusing on the armpits and groin may be sufficient,” notes Harvard Health.

The health agency adds: “If you’re like me, it might be hard to imagine going without your daily shower. But if you’re doing it for your health, it can be a habit worth breaking.”

Cold water swimming, on the other hand, has myriad health benefits, evidence suggests.

“When practiced in a regular, graduated, and adjusted mode by experienced individuals in good health, cold-water swimming appears to confer health benefits,” says a review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Multiple studies have shown that cold-water swimming has a variety of health benefits, the report says.

Fewer upper respiratory tract infections, improvement in mood disorders and general well-being were some of the benefits identified in the review.

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