- Publish Date
- Thursday, 17 August 2017, 9:38AM
Didn't have a shower today?
Don't worry about it - because it turns out that showering too often can actually do more harm than good.
That's right. Scientists have confirmed that showering every day is seriously bad for your skin and overall health.
So just how does it affect your skin and health?
- It can give you acne: A microbiome is a collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body - it's basically your skin’s ecosystem. So disruptions to it, like showering every day, can be damaging very to your skin and even cause breakouts.
- It dries out your skin: When we shower we use soaps and exfoliants that can dry your skin out. Dermatologists say the more you wash, especially under hot water, the drier your skin can become. This is because you are literally stripping away the natural oils you skin needs to stay moisturised.
- It messes with your hair: While it may seem like you need to wash your hair - especially if you have oily hair - in the shower every day; your hair is actually oily BECAUSE you wash it every day. When you wash your hair too much, your scalp goes into oil production overload, producing more to make up for the amount you are washing away with every shower. Try to go a few weeks with extra oily hair, your body will eventually equalise.
- It can ruin your manicure: Hot water actually expands your nails, which can cause your polished nails to crack. The water can also get underneath the nail and cause the paint to lift.
- You won’t actually stink: We all have good bacteria and bad bacteria... and getting rid of ALL the bacteria by showering every day will upset your body’s balance. The less you wash away all your bacteria the more neutral your smell will become.
Unfortunately there's not a lot of research on what the ideal number of showers you should take a week is. But one thing's for sure: There's plenty of evidence to prove we can take it down a notch and not have one every day!