Do you shower every day? Most people do and think it would be crazy not to. We’ve all been a bit too close to a person who smells like they don’t bathe often enough. It isn’t pleasant.
It’s only within the past 100 years that people started bathing daily. Before that, most people showered or bathed only once a week. Since then, not only have we started bathing more often, but also believing that bathing more often is also beneficial for our health. Is it though? Or could bathing too often actually be bad for us?
Many people who have skin conditions, like eczema, have noticed that daily showering can actually make their skin conditions worse. The body has natural oils that are released throughout the day. When we take a shower, we wash away dirt and grime, but also these natural oils. Without these natural oils, our skin is more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. So even though we feel cleaner, ironically we are more likely to be affected by things that aren’t clean.
So how often do you really need to shower? There’s really no one size fits all answer to that question. It will really depend on how active you are, and how dirty you get during the day. Someone who works in an office may only need to shower every other day. A construction worker would probably still want to shower every day.
There’s also a big difference between showering and using soap. Some people will rinse off, but won’t scrub off those natural oils using soap. They will just let the warm water rinse them off, or will use other oils to wash themselves.
The most important part is to keep your hands clean, because everyone comes in contact with germs. The average person could easily get away with two or three showers a week, as long as they wash their hands a lot.
What do you think? Would you be willing to try showering less to get healthier skin?