If you want to be more prepared during your bathing suit parties, consider using a shower head with a paraffin wash and using a towel as a hand towel, the latest research suggests.
Bathers are getting more adventurous about the role of personal hygiene and are increasingly embracing alternative methods of washing up.
But experts have warned that this can have unintended consequences.
For instance, paraffine wax could make your bathing suits seem more comfortable than they really are, while bathing suits are increasingly being used in the heat and in hot environments, such as in restaurants and cafes.
The World Health Organisation warns that bathing suits should be worn as much as possible during hot and humid weather, particularly in summer and during periods of low humidity.
Paraffin-based waxes, used to make bath products such as bath towels, are also becoming more popular as a personal wash for the home, with people using them to clean dishes, wash dishes and wash clothes.
Bath products containing paraffins are also being sold on the internet.
“They’re being used as a toilet bowl cleaner, which is an old-fashioned toilet bowl soap, and it can be really good for your hands and skin,” said Dr Caroline Bockland, a consultant dermatologist at The University of Manchester, who has been researching this topic.
“You can use it to make an excellent hand wash, so people are using it as a soap.”
There are a few benefits to using a paraben-free soap, she said.
“Firstly, it reduces the risk of the paraffinic waxes damaging your skin.
Second, it also reduces the amount of bacteria and viruses you’re carrying.
Third, the parabens help to seal in water, which can make it less sticky and easier to wash,” she said, adding that people should wash their hands frequently with a hand wash.
In addition to using hand sanitizer, it is recommended that you wash your face and neck, especially in hot, humid weather.
There are also some health benefits, she added.
“Parabens do make a good emollient, but they can irritate your skin, so make sure you’re washing your face regularly,” Dr Bocklanders said.
Boys’ swimsuits and bath towels have become popular as they offer a more relaxed and less aggressive look than traditional swimming trunks.
The new research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
“I think that bathing suit use is increasing more and more,” Dr Michaela Glynn, a clinical research assistant professor at University College London, told the BBC.
“It’s a new thing that people are experimenting with, so it’s going to become more common as we have more time to experiment and make more educated choices,” she added, adding there are a number of products on the market that are “safe for swimming”.
“If you’re going to go swimming in a bathing suits, the more you use the less you’re exposed to bacteria and it’s a more comfortable experience, so there’s no need to worry about it.”
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