Believe it or not, showering too often can be detrimental and in some cases, unhealthy.
Not only can you damage your skin if you shower too much, it can also cost money, as it takes a lot of water to shower. Showering regularly is indeed important to maintain hygiene, but it is also a good thing to know exactly how often you should shower. Now there is no perfect interval for showering since all bodies are different.
However, there are certainly intervals of showering that are decisively ineffective no matter what and there also exist intervals that seem to be the most effective.
There are also certain variables that you need to consider as well, such as how active you are, how often you are around materials that need to be washed off, and other things.
Knowing how often you should shower will allow you to maintain good hygiene as well as prevent your body from negative effects of showering too often or too little.
You can certainly shower too often and too little, and before exploring effective showering intervals, these two intervals should be explored and analyzed first.
What happens if you shower too often?
Most people shower at least twice per day. They’ll shower after waking up, shower before going to sleep, and some even shower a third time, usually after exercising. This is beyond excessive and doing this can and will damage your skin permanently, making it prone to drying.
Understand that something that our skin produces naturally is oil. This oil allows our skin to breath, as the epidermal layer of our skin does indeed require oxygen. This epidermal layer does not breathe properly when it comes in contact with the water and soap combinations that are a part of most showers, and when you shower too often, your skin will not be able to breathe properly and will dry up.
Something else that can happen if you shower too often is that it will cause your skin to be a lot more sensitive than it should be. You need to allow your pores to absorb at least some.
What happens if you do not shower enough?
Showering too often can and will cause your skin to become dry because the soap and water involved in most showers will reduce the oxygen that the pores and outer layers of your skin need to keep your skin healthy.
So what happens if you take a long time in between showers?
Taking a long time in between showers will negatively affect your skin, but in a different way. One of the reasons why we need to bathe in general is to remove particles that come in contact with our skin that will damage it in the first place. These particles are created by perspiration, being around dirt, and other particles that can and will cause blemishes and can even make you sick.
Take too much time in between showers, and you will run the risk of causing these blemishes, possibly getting sick, as well as not being optimally hygienic.
There needs to be a way to shower at rates that maintain your hygiene while also allowing your skin to get the oxygen that it needs this way it does not get too dry.
Approaching showering with a sense of balance and moderation is much better than showering too often or not enough, and this depends on a number of factors. It depends on how active you are, how sensitive your skin is, and your body’s perspiration rates.
How your amount of physical activity affects how often you need to shower
It is without question that physical activity will cause you to perspire, which will require you to shower. If you are the type who engages in physical activity daily, you might find yourself needing to shower a lot more than you probably want to, putting your skin at risk of drying up.
There are two ways that you can micromanage this.
First, only shower after exercising. This will get you to shower a little less, as it is not completely necessary to shower right after waking up, especially if you have showered before bed.
Also, take a little less time showering if you are active. Something you should remember is that the more time you spend in the shower, the higher the risk of your skin drying up after the shower.
It can be easy to shower too often if you are active, especially if you are the type who showers after waking up and before bed. This is why you should only shower after exercising. This will prevent your skin from getting too dry from the showering effects while still maintaining your hygiene.
Do not be afraid to only shower after exercising if you are very active and exercise regularly. It is perfectly fine to do this. If you do find it necessary to shower multiple times a day, at the very least use soap or body wash that allows your pores to breathe after the shower as much as possible. This will prevent your skin from becoming dry.
Things are different for those who are sedentary. You do not need to shower nearly as much if you are sedentary than if you are active, and there is definitely a different “schedule” that you should follow when it comes to showering if you are sedentary.
How often should you shower if you are not active?
There’s no question about how often you should shower if you are active regularly. If you exercise regularly, you should shower directly after exercising without question. Leaving sweat and dirt on your body without washing it off is not hygienic and even if there is a risk of your skin drying up afterwards, it is much better than the alternative.
This is a completely different story if you are sedentary. If you do not exercise regularly, there is no real reason to shower multiple times a day. Perhaps the best shower schedule that you can adopt if you are sedentary is to shower before bed and before bed only.
While it is a good thing to be in a hygienic state before you go to sleep, there is no reason to take a shower after waking up. The only exception to this is if you exercise after waking up. In this case, you should shower right after waking up.
If you do not exercise after waking up, however, a shower is not necessary. And if you have long hair that needs to be washed after waking up, make sure the shower that you take after waking up is extremely short.
Again, do not forget that the longer your shower is, the more likely it is that your skin will become dry after the shower. Therefore, if you need to take a shower to wash your hair, spend as little time as possible.
In any other case, showering before bed is the best way to maintain your hygiene as well as prevent your skin from possibly cracking or drying up from showering too much.
A common mistake that people make when it comes to showering is that they shower too much or not enough. Shower too much, and you will run the risk of your skin cracking and drying. This is especially true if your skin is sensitive enough as it is. If you shower too little, your hygiene will not be as optimal as it could be.
There is a way to shower often enough to where you are maintaining good hygiene, but not too often to where you risk your skin cracking and drying up.
If you are physically active, shower directly after exercising, take a very quick shower before going to sleep, and nothing else. If you are sedentary, showering before going to sleep is usually all you need.
Do not forget that the longer your shower is, the more oxygen that your pores will need afterwards. No matter how often you shower, make sure you keep your showers short.
Be very aware of how often you shower. Chances are you are either showering too much or showering too little.