Do you shower every day? Most days? Every other day? The idea that we should shower every day is taken for granted in the US and many other countries, but this practice may actually be doing harm to our bodies.
There actually are some very good reasons to skip a shower or two throughout the week.
Your skin will be softer and moister
ree skin, but here’s an idea that won’t cost you anything: shower
every other day instead of every day. Showering daily, especially if you
use hot water, dries out the skin, which encourages wrinkles. Showering
less frequently allows the skin to retain its natural oils, thus
keeping it softer and more radiant.
And, the same is true of your hair! Washing it every other day, or
only a couple times a week, will keep it stronger and healthier than
washing it every day.
You will keep more healthy bacteria on your skin
Good bacteria isn’t only necessary for our gut; it’s crucial for our
largest organ—our skin—as well. Our good bacteria help us to produce our
own, natural antibiotics, which can then fight off the bad bacteria
we’re exposed to. When we shower with soap, we wash off all this good
bacteria, and leave our skin without protection.
Showering less frequently leaves this good bacteria intact longer, so
it can keep us and our skin healthy. Although your hands do need to be
washed frequently, for other areas of your body it’s simply not
You can avoid harmful chemicals and soaps
Many shampoos, conditioners, and commercial body soaps contain
harmful chemicals which strip your skin of its natural oils. Without the
oils’ protection, your skin more easily absorbs harmful chemicals and
These include sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and all the synthetic
chemicals and fragrances added to give the soap its scent. Triclosan,
in particular, has been shown to disrupt hormones and make conditions
like allergies and asthma worse.
You can smell like you
We know what you’re thinking: ‘But I shower to get rid of the smell!’
We’re not talking about the smell that makes people avoid you at the
office. There is a difference between being stinky and having your own
natural scent or musk that those very close to you can notice.
Research has shown this personal scent to be very important in terms
of mate selection and other social interactions, and when people wash it
off all the time, we can’t use this important evolutionary signal.
the aforementioned reasons aren’t enough to convince you to shower less
frequently, you can, at the very least, adhere to the following shower
guidelines for optimal health and beauty:
o Use organic, natural cleansing products. Homemade with love is always best.
o Use warm, not hot, water to keep some of your natural oils intact
o Avoid washing your hair every day, as it’s over-drying to both your scalp and your hair
o Keep showers short (about 5-10 minutes). Again,
this will help you to avoid stripping your skin of those beneficial
-The Alternative Daily