April 18, 2024

How often should you shower?

Over the past few weeks, the debate over how often you should shower has reared its potentially unwashed head in the public eye. But how often should are you going into the wet room?

People have different bathing routines. I Vanity Fair video, all the castmates played a game about whether they knew each other or not, America Ferrera admitted that one of her guilty pleasures is not showering for a few days – to the dismay of some.

Some celebrities go to extremes and have to shower twice a day because Al Rockerand parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard say they wait for their kids stink to bathe them.

Geographical location can also factor into how often you shower. According to Harvard Health Publishingin America, two-thirds of people shower daily, more than 80 percent of Australians like to wash out daily, and in China, about half of people report that they bathe only twice a week.

What is the correct answer then? Well, it’s not that simple and it depends on many factors, like if you have a morning exercise routine or if you have a very dirty work environment, it might be necessary to make sure that you take a daily scrub so that your smell is not offensive to those around you.

Problems with showering too much

Showering too much may cause more irritation than you might expect. Your body is home to a wide collection of viruses, microbes and bacteria, which make up the microbiome – and some of these foreign entities are important to your health. There is some research that suggests that showering too much can disrupt this microbiome and damage the overall health of your skin. This can lead to inflamed, dry, and itchy skin, which allows bacteria and allergens to invade the skin and cause allergic reactions and skin infections.

You know showering with harsh shampoos and soaps removes beneficial microbes and natural oils, which can cause a lot of stress down the road. It is also thought that disrupting your precious microbiome can contribute to some common skin conditions.

Some pediatricians and dermatologists recommend that you don’t bath children every day. This is because the immune system requires stimulation from dirt, common microorganisms, and environmental exposures, allowing the body to create protective antibodies and “immune memory”. Too frequent baths and showers reduce the immune system’s ability to do its job.

Problems with too small a shower

If you don’t shower often enough you could end up smelling unpleasant as you try to get on with your daily life. In addition to this, showering enough can cause another issues like dandruff from yeast in oil glands multiplying and irritating the scalp, acne from dirt and dead skin clogging pores and natural oils on the skin accumulate and cause overgrowth of the bacteria that causes the spot, and eczema that flares up when the skin is not clean.

How many showers are ideal in a week?

So what is the sweet spot? How often should you shower?

There is no specific amount that experts agree on. Some experts think you should shower every day while others suggest that two or three once a week is fine for most people. Of course, this should increase depending on people’s work situations and routines.

Some experts recommend that when you take a shower it should be three or four minutes, focusing on the armpits and groin. The water shouldn’t be too hot, you should use products made for sensitive skin and limit fragrances, and you should moisturize when you’re done to trap moisture in the skin.

[H/T: Fortune.com]

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