A few years ago, I wrote a post about how I don’t shower every day, and how annoying it is to deal with people who think I should be showering every day. Apparently, that post was ahead of it’s time, because showering daily is a big topic of discussion at the moment. A few days ago, Buzzfeed wrote an article about how two dermatologists said we don’t need to shower every day. Yesterday, Naya Rivera went in a different direction, and made a comment that makes no sense about how showering every day is a “white people thing.”
So, what’s the verdict? You don’t need to shower every day. In fact, you shouldn’t shower every day because it’s not good for you. Personally, I’m thrilled to hear this. I don’t think there was ever a time in my life when I showered every single day. I just don’t have the time! My hair is very high-maintenance, and washing it every day would mean drying it every day, which would mean I would literally never be able to make it to anything. I try to shower (washing hair and all) only two to three times a week. The only time I do it more often than that is when I’m working out. If I’ve just hit the gym, I’ll jump in the shower to wash my body without getting my hair wet.
A lot of people find this “gross.” If you’re one of those people, keep reading, because I’m about to prove you wrong. If you’re not one of those people, keep reading, because I’m about to give you information you can shove in someone’s face when they raise their eyebrows at the fact that you didn’t shower that morning. Here are 10 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t shower every day:
It's Not Necessary To Shower That MuchTwo dermatologists told Buzzfeed that we "overbathe in this country" and that a lot of that reasoning is because of "societal norms." Basically, we're showering way too much because we think we're supposed to. And we're not! Our bodies are totally fine without showering every day, and that's coming from science! Unless you're hitting the gym every day, you're probably much more clean than you think. Source: ShutterStock
You're Protecting Yourself By Not ShoweringBelieve it or not, being too clean is actually bad for you. If you're super clean all the time, you're not leaving any time for the "good" bacteria to grow on your skin. This good bacteria helps keep out infections and harmful chemicals that easily go through the skin. When you shower too much, you're leaving your skin vulnerable. Source: ShutterStock
It Will Dry Out Your SkinToo much hot water will quickly dry out your skin, leaving it irritated, flakey, and painful. This is especially important to keep in mind in the winter, when it's cold outside and your skin is already more prone to being dry. Even if you moisturize, you're still going to be more dry if you shower every single day... unless you start taking cold showers. Source: ShutterStock
It's Bad For Your HairWe've said this before, but seriously: washing your hair every day is not good. It will leave your hair dry and dull. If you go a few days without washing it, you'll notice that your hair will be shinier, softer, and generally healthier. If you absolutely have to wash off your body every day, invest in a shower cap and only wash your hair 2-3 times a week. Source; SHutterStock
It Doesn't Mean You're DirtyA lot of people have this weird idea that if you don't shower every day, you're dirty and smell bad. This isn't true at all! Unless you were sweating like crazy or rolling around in mud, you're not as dirty as you think you are. Just use deodorant, perfume, dry shampoo, and remember other basic cleansing habits. Source: ShutterStock
It Makes Getting Ready Even More Time-ConsumingMost girls can't get out of the shower, and just let their hair air-dry. They have to blow dry it, or put product in it, or straighten it or curl it. If you're lucky enough to have perfect hair that doesn't need anything, great. Otherwise, you know the struggle of a shower. Cut down on your getting ready time by cutting down on your showers. Source: ShutterStock
You'll Stop Wasting Hot WaterTaking a shower every day means you're wasting a ton of hot water. Even if you're not in danger of experiencing a drought, this still isn't ideal for our environment. Don't take advantage of our water supply! Source: ShutterStock
You'll Save Money On Shower ProductsIf you stop showering every day, you'll notice that you're saving money on shower products because you're not going through them as quickly. Since I stopped washing my hair all the time, I've noticed that my shampoo and conditioner lasts much, much longer. It's great! Source: ShutterStock
It Can Help Reduce Skin ProblemsIf you have common skin issues like eczema or rosacea, you definitely shouldn't be in the shower constantly. If you have irritated skin and/or rashes, the less you expose yourself to hot water, the better. Source: SHutterStock
If You Don't Want To, You Don't Have ToWhat it really comes down to is this: if you don't feel like showering, you don't have to. End of story. Don't let other people pressure you into it! Source: ShutterStock
Do you shower every day? How often do you shower? Do you agree or disagree with me? Tell me in the comments.