You CAN Actually Shower Too Much!
Written by: Brandi Monasco
As Americans, we are obsessed with being clean: having our homes perfectly clean and our bodies freshly showered each day. Sometimes more than once a day.
Here’s a shocking fact:
Did you know that showering every day is NOT good for your skin?
That’s right. Your skin actually does a pretty good job of cleaning itself. Showering each and every day interferes with the natural cleaning that your skin, nails and hair do on their own.
Unless you work in a coal mine or some other place that makes you come home smelling horrid, then it is perfectly okay to not shower every day. Here are the biggest reasons why:
- Showering every day actually damages your skin. Many people think that the point of showering each day is to keep your skin clean and fresh, but it actually damages it more than you think. The top layer of your skin is made up of dead, hard skin cells. This layer helps protect the underlying layers of healthy skin. The top layer is made of lipids which are fatty compounds that help your skin retain moisture. Each time you shower, you break apart this protective layer for your skin. In other words, the more showers you take, the more damage you are doing to your skin and the less time your skin has to repair itself.
- Showering every day removes the “good” bacteria from your skin. Yes, there is such thing as “good” bacteria on your skin. This bacteria helps keep germs, infections and chemicals out of your skin. If you take a shower every day and stay super clean, you remove this good bacteria, which will leave your skin vulnerable to these things. According to Dr. Richard Gallo, who is chief of the dermatology department at the University of California in San Diego, “Good bacteria are educating your own skin cells to make your own antibiotics and they produce their own antibiotics that kill off bad bacteria.”
- Showering every day increases skin irritation. People who deal with skin irritations such as eczema or rosacea should not be in the shower constantly. The warm water and the chemicals in shampoos and soaps can actually increase skin issues. The less you expose your skin to warm water, the better off it will be and the less flare up you are likely to have.
I’m not saying that it’s not okay to shower, I’m just saying that cutting down on how often you shower could benefit your skin, not to mention your pocket book!
When you shower, here are a few tips to help minimize damage done to your skin:
1. Don’t blast the hot water. While it feels amazing and is essentially therapeutic for relaxing your mind and muscles, hot water is bad for your skin. It removes too much of your natural oils, making you more prone to having dry skin.
Showering with hot water also makes your blood circulate closer to your skin, which makes you turn red like a lobster. The circulation being closer to your skin can create inflammation that creates a rash and more itching.
2. Don’t shower for too long. It’s nice to take a relaxing shower after a long day, but staying in the shower longer than 10 minutes will make your skin lose its moisture.
3. Don’t use deodorant soap. Deodorant soaps contain harsh ingredients that can strip your skin of its moisture and cause dryness, flakiness and itching. You will want to go with a soap that is free of cleansers and stay away from ingredients such as formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan and synthetic colors.
4. Moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower. Apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes of toweling off the excess water on your skin. Remember to pat dry, not rub.
What tips do you have to help better take care of your skin and keep it safe while showering? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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