Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
June 20, 2024 ·  4 min read

How Often Do You Really Need To Shower?

Our skin is the largest organ in (or on) our bodies, which is important in maintaining overall health. As such, it’s vital to take good care of it. While a soothing warm shower after a long day is one of the greatest feelings, medical professionals warn that showering too often negatively impacts our skin. There’s a balance to be found, and it pertains to skin type.

Showering with Dry Skin

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Although other factors should be considered, understanding your skin type is the best way to ensure you’re not showering too often. For example, if you have dry or oily skin showering every day won’t do your skin any favors. Due to some chemicals in soaps in body washes, dry skin can become increasingly dry the more it’s washed. Moreover, these chemicals are worse for dry and sensitive skin. As such, people with dry skin should shower 2-3 times a week.

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Showering with Oily Skin

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Meanwhile, people with oily skin should bathe more often, at least once a day and after exercise. “We advise patients who deal with acne to shower and, in particular, wash their face daily or a couple of times a day. This can help keep breakouts at bay,” explains Dr. Sulewski.

Hair Type is also Important

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Skin type isn’t the only aspect of your body to consider when evaluating how often you should shower. Your hair type is another determining factor. For example, thin or fine hair gets greasy more quickly, requiring daily, or every other day, attention. Meanwhile, think or curly hair may only need to be washed a few times a week.

The Air Around Us

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Where you live is another factor to consider regarding how often to shower. For example, someone in the city will be more exposed to toxins like vehicle exhaust and should consider bathing more often. Alternatively, someone in the country will have more exposure to dust. Either way, these particles can become trapped in the skin and proper removal in the shower is essential. Products that detoxify and scrub are ideal. However, scrubbing the body shouldn’t be done more than 2-3 times a week as this can disrupt the body’s natural biome.

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Consider Outdoor Temperatures

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Unsurprisingly, the weather also affects the frequency. You’re more likely to sweat if it’s hot out and should shower at least once a day to remove excess sweat. Conversely, every other day or a few times a week may be sufficient during the colder months.

Timing it After a Workout

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Timing your shower also makes a difference for skin health. Showering is most effective after a workout as it soothes muscles and removes excess sweat. Therefore, if you work out daily, or at least a few times a week, scheduling your shower to follow a workout will create healthier and more balanced skin.

Wanting or Needing to be Clean

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Although some skin types are sensitive to showering every day, some people can’t cope without a daily rinse. Luckily, a few options exist that are more gentle:

  • Shower with only water.
  • Use products free of chemicals or fragrance
  • Lower the temperature
  • Limit the time
  • Apply Moisturizer

Shower Solutions explained

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Showering with only water removes excess dirt while preventing the skin’s overexposure to harsh or irritating chemicals. However, areas like armpits, feet, face, and private parts should be washed regularly with a mild cleanser as they harbor the most odor-causing bacteria.

Products made of natural or fewer ingredients will be the most gentle on the skin and body. Additionally, those without fragrances are more soothing and will likely help reduce inflammation.

To help the skin maintain balance and moisture, apply a heavy moisturizer and consider a barrier cream.

Lower and Limit

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Showers that are too hot can damage the skin and worsen inflammation. Moreover, taking longer than 10 minutes can have similar and undesired effects. Therefore, it’s recommended to lower the temperature by a few degrees and limit the time spent in the shower. Additionally, conserving water and using more natural products is a great decision if you prefer an eco-friendly life.

While they may not create perfectly balanced skin some solutions will aid healthier skin, bringing you one step closer to healthier skin, hair, and biome.

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