When is your body the best place to take a shower?
The answer is yes, you’re in a better position to take care of your skin, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Dermatology.
In the study, researchers at the University of Western Australia (UWA) used skin samples from 10 Australian men and women between the ages of 16 and 75.
Each participant took part in a three-day study of daily self-care for seven days.
During the seven-day period, participants washed their hands and face, rubbed their hands with warm water and wiped their mouths.
The participants were also tested for their ability to recognise their own skin colour and their ability, if given a choice, to remove their face, eyes and ears.
The results showed that participants who washed their skin with warm, wet hands and used a sponge to wipe their face showed significantly more colour-sensitive skin than those who washed with a scrubbing device.
The findings also showed that the volunteers had a greater ability to recognize the colour of their own face and the colour they would be able to identify if they used a scrubber.
“Our study suggests that people who use a scrub or sponge for self-cleaning have a greater risk of identifying colour,” the study authors wrote.
“This is because they are more sensitive to their own colour and may not be able recognise the colour in the environment.”
The researchers said the results were surprising, given previous research that had shown that those who regularly used a facial scrub had more pigment on their skin.
But the findings also revealed the potential for people to benefit from skin-cleansing devices.
“If people can identify their own colours better, they may be able identify their face and facial hair better and may be less likely to have a skin infection,” Dr Scott Siewert, an assistant professor at the university, said.
“It is not that we are making skin a ‘dirty’ thing, it is that we can identify what colour someone else is using and what they are using to cover up their own blemishes.”