We all are familiar with the expression “cleanliness is next to godliness.” We are expected to keep ourselves and our surroundings clean. We are also expected to take a shower at least once every day to make sure we aren’t dirty and our body isn’t stinking.
But, did you know that more number of showers may be doing you harm than good? Let’s not confuse fewer showers with no shower!
How Often Should You Shower?
Showering is no doubt a good practice to protect yourself from diseases and maintain good personal hygiene. However, the number of times you should take a shower depends on various factors.
- Most people should avoid showering too frequently. Avoiding daily showers will help the skin retain its natural oils, making it look healthy and radiant. The important thing to remember is that you must use a washcloth for those areas that require attention for hygienic and odor-related reasons.
- However, there are exceptions to the mentioned statement. The exceptions include those people who take the bus, use the subway, or commute through any other crowded places. People who are into physical activities like working out are also
Why Should You Not Shower Too Often?
1. Makes Your Skin Softer
Your skin gets its hydration from two main sources. Firstly, it attracts moisture that is found in the air. Secondly, it makes use of the body’s natural oils and water within it to hydrate itself. It is important to keep in mind that as the air outside gets dry so will your skin. Many try to fix this problem by using lots of moisturizers.
Another effective way to handle this problem is by showering less. This is because hot water makes your skin soft and opens up pores of the skin. This gives way for the oils in your body to be easily washed away, making your skin feel dry.
This means that you should shower less frequently and use nontoxic soaps in those parts of your body that need
2. Retains Good Bacteria On Skin
Studies have shown the skin is covered with more microorganisms and that healthy human skin is alive with bacteria. Just the way our digestive system requires good bacteria for a healthy digestion, much the same way our skin requires good bacteria.
The good bacteria on our body helps teach our cells to produce their own antibiotics that can protect us from the bad bacteria.1 No body lotion or soap will provide us with this benefit. Thus, showering less can help retain this useful good bacteria on your skin.
3. Protects Your Skin From Chemicals
When you shower, you rid the body of these essential oils and dead cells thereby giving way for the chemicals to react on your body easily. This gets even worse if you use harsh soaps and body products that contain chemicals.
Studies have demonstrated that the chemicals found in any cleansing agent disrupt the pH of the body. Even tap water can cause harm to our skin.2
Ideally, even if you shower every day it is best to use mild, nontoxic soaps and body products. This will protect your body from the harsh chemicals that will make your skin dry faster.
Also, avoid hot water baths as these can make the skin more prone to irritation. Lukewarm water is good for showering, both for skin and hair.