Ah, the flame of endless debate is lit again! The voice of our mother (“You’re going to be cold!”) and that of our classmates (“You stink!”) strike again! Which one are you going to listen to? On the one hand, taking a shower every day will make you look presentable and clean, especially when working with other people. However, many people say that taking a shower every day is bad for the skin. But why is that? How to proceed? Especially when you work all day and even working out? What will happen if we do wash ourselves every day, and what will happen if we don’t? I give you all the information you need below!
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Is it necessary to shower everyday?
Let’s start with the most important question. Do we have to show ourselves every day? The answer varies and I’ll tell you why. There are two scenarios:
- You work at a high pace, commute and sweat all the time. If you go to work every day, or if your work is linked to intense physical activity, a daily shower is essential. The buildup of sweat and dirt on your skin can build up, and odor isn’t the worst result of it all!
- You work from home or stay home most of the day with little or no physical activity. In general, if you stay at home, you don’t need to show up every day. Yes, the genitals and armpits should be cleaned daily, but a full body shower is not necessary. Especially if you have dry skin. It’s the same principle when it comes to the frequency of hair washing.
- You should always listen to your body and how you are feeling at the moment.
How often can you go without showering?
So… what will happen to your skin if you give up showering for more than a week? Usually, three days is enough for symptoms to show, but let’s extend the time period to get to the consequences… Here are five reasons to consider showering more often than you already do:
- Rashes: If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, washing it daily is a must. You should always keep your acne area well cleansed and moisturized. Try to adapt a skin care routine every morning and every evening and never forget to moisturize after your showers, because washing your skin every day can dry it out.
- Accumulation of dead skin: Yes, although washing your skin with soap every day can dry it out, not washing it for a long time can have the same effect. We shed millions of skin cells every hour of the day and if we don’t wash and exfoliate our skin frequently, they build up on the top layer. This can most likely lead to skin irritation, dryness, redness, and itching.
- Fungal Infections: Did you know that you can get a fungal infection even from going to the gym? Many people practice ‘no poo’ in their lives and avoid showering like the plague! Yes, our bodies are tough, but for example, you can get a ringworm from using the gym mat and not taking a shower afterward. Or a bacterial or staph infection just from taking the subway. Ah, yes !
- Patches on the skin: For those curious about what happens to the body if you go without showering for a month, here’s what happens! This is dermatitis neglecta, which literally means “neglecting the skin”. It begins with the appearance of dark spots all over the skin, which are actually accumulations of dirt, sweat and oil.
- Scalp rash: Even if you have curly hair, it is mandatory to wash your hair once a week in order to get rid of the dirt and debris accumulated during the week. Your scalp needs cleansing just like your body. Make sure you take care of it properly and don’t go long periods of time without washing your hair. If you skip shampoo too often, here’s what can happen to your scalp:
- red, dry patches
Is it OK to not shower for a day?
Taking care of our hygiene and our skin is essential. After all, the skin is the largest organ in the body and we have to be very gentle and caring with it. So let’s summarize what we can conclude from this article. Do you have to wash every day? If you’re at home, you can take a quick shower, but be sure to wash your genitals and armpits frequently. If you have a very busy job and you go to work, you should wash every day. Not only for your good, but also for that of your colleagues, believe me!
Overall, don’t trust the rules dictated by others. Knowing the risks of not showering often is only in your interest. Now it’s up to you whether you should listen to your body or not. Does it itch? Does it smell bad? Do you feel uncomfortable and greasy? If so, then it’s time to take a shower!