How Often Should You Shower?
Updated: Aug 25
One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to hygiene is: how often should you shower? Most people have an established shower routine that they don't really question. Not a lot of people put thought into how often they shower and how they shower (or what kind of shower head they should use, for that matter. People really do ignore their bathrooms and bathroom-related activities!).
According to many surveys, the average person showers once a day. However, there are some who say that showering more than once a day is unnecessary and can actually be harmful to your health. Others say that it's alright to shower every alternate day.
So, what's the verdict? How often should you shower? Is it necessary to shower daily? Let's find out what the experts have to say.
How Often Do You Really Need to Take a Shower?
How often you should shower is a personal preference. Some people shower daily, while others only shower occasionally. There is no wrong answer, and it largely depends on your body's needs.
However, it is important to have a shower schedule that maintains your body's health and hygiene! It's also essential to make sure that when you do shower, you shower properly.
For example, if you live in a hot and sweaty climate, you might need to shower more often to help keep your skin clean and cool. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, showering too often can strip away natural oils and cause irritation. The same goes for hair type — if you have oily hair, you might need to shampoo more often, but if you have dry hair, washing it every day can do more harm than good.
People living in cold climates tend to shower less often since they don't sweat as much and their skin will dry out if they shower daily.
If you are an active person who perspires a lot, you may need to shower more than once a day. This is especially true if you work out, spend time in the sun outside, or play sports. If you have a job that involves being in contact with people or animals, you may also need to shower more often. This is because you are more likely to come into contact with bacteria and other germs.
If you have a skin condition such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis, you may need to shower daily, especially if you go outside and come in contact with pollutants. This is because showering removes the dirt, bacteria, excess oil, and dead skin cells that would otherwise worsen skin flare-ups.
However, when it comes to other skin conditions, doctors might advise you to shower less often so that your skin can maintain its natural barrier. When in doubt, trust your healthcare provider!
How Do I Know How Often to Shower?
A shower should make you feel clean and odour-free. So, shower whenever you think you have become dirty! If you tend to sweat a lot, go out for work, and/or live in a hot climate, then it's best to shower daily. If you don't sweat a lot, work from home, and/or live in a cold climate, then you can shower every alternate day. You know your body best, so take a call! Try out a few different showering schedules to see what works best for you.
If you live in an area with a shortage of water, schedule your showers accordingly. Since a number of factors determine showering schedules, there's no one right answer. Just try not to shower too often or too infrequently, and you should be fine.
Note that it's best to wash your face, hands, feet, and groin every day for health reasons, even if you're not dirty. You can reserve full-body showers for when you're sweaty and dirty. Washing your hair once or twice a week is considered best. Use gentle cleansers and shampoo to avoid drying out your skin and hair; afterwards, moisturize to maintain the natural barrier.
Showering has health benefits, but it's important to know what works for you.
What do you think? How often do you shower? Let us know in the comments below!
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