Is Daily Showering Really That Important? Science Says It May Be Detrimental To Your Health

Date April 24, 2018

While for some of us starting the day with a morning shower is the chance to unwind, there's no reason for feeling bad if you skip your bathing session.

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Turns out, showering on a day-to-day basis isn't as healthy and beneficial as we're used to believing. Keep reading this post to find out why bathing less is better for you.

We all are well aware that not showering for a couple of days can grant you a scruffy feeling of being unkempt, and, let's face the truth, a bit smelly as well. 

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However, it turns out that washing too often can actually do more harm than not washing at all, as extensive bathing can screw with your skin and health in general.

In fact, a recent study from Genetic Science Centre at the University of Utah found that over-cleaning can be harmful to the human microbiome - a collection of viruses, microbes, and bacteria living in your body. 

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The recent investigation of the Yanomami village in the Amazon found out that people living there had the highest diversity of genetic functions and bacteria and an extensively rich community of microbes in their skin.

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The study concluded that western cultures and their obtrusive shampoo-scrubbed lifestyles make a negative impact on the diversity of human microbiome. However, what the research didn't tell us is how often we should actually be bathing.

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Though the influence of extensive showering on our genes is impressive, it's not the only one negative effect caused by day-to-day washing.

According to infectious disease expert from Columbia University Dr. Elaine Larson, extensive bathing can destroy natural skin barrier by minimizing your skin moisturization. In result, derma becomes cracked and dry, what makes it easier for bacteria to enter.

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Dr. Larson adds that most people shower to decrease the risk of illness. However, they don't even guess that bathing actually does little more than reduces body odor.

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Dr. Casey Carlos from the University of California San Diego explains that it's pretty difficult to persuade people to use soap only when there's need for it. Skin care science is as plain as day: soaps remove oils from your skin, making it rough and dry. 

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If you want to have a moisturized, soft, and healthy skin - use soap only in particular places, such as feet or armpits. Don't worry: there's no need to use soap on your arms, legs, back, and chest, as our skin has an incredible natural ability to clean itself, and it gets through it perfectly!

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Thus, given the reasons listed above, reducing your bathing sessions may be beneficial for your health. Honestly, it's good not only for you but also for the earth. However, it's up to you how many bathing sessions to have per week, as showering has always been a pretty intimate topic and there's not any required minimum / maximum threshold.

Let your skin be soft, fair, and moisturized anytime. Listen to your bodily needs and stay healthy for as long as possible!

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