Showering twice a day is a habit my mum instilled in us at a very young age.
When we return from school- all musty and sweaty, we hit the shower right after we take off our clothes.
With so many germs floating around the schools and walking home, a shower afterward felt like a necessity in the afternoon.
Now, as an adult, I stick with showering morning and night. I do my workouts in the morning. If I do not shower before heading out, I get edgy and irritated. And at night, I take a shower before bed.
Showering helps raise your body temperature and stimulates the vagus nerve responsible for better sleep. It’s also a great way to relax and release muscle tension.
When is the best time to shower
Everyone’s skin is different, and everyone’s skin can change from season to season. Many people shower at least once a day, in the morning or night before going to bed.
Depending on the day and your activity level, you can even shower two or three times.
For example, your skin can be drier in the winter, where too much showering can lead to extreme dryness. However, showering every day in the summer should not adversely affect your skin.
Some think the morning shower is not important because they shower before going to bed. Well, you are wrong.
When you wake up in the morning, there’s all that sweat and bacteria from the sheets lingering on your skin, especially if you regularly have sex at night. Taking a cold shower in the morning can increase alertness.
But if you struggle with insomnia, you can take a shower at night, about 90 minutes before bedtime, to get ready for bed.
The body naturally cools down as bedtime approaches, in sync with the circadian rhythm.
Also, if you go to the gym after work or work outdoors, you want to shower before bed because there is a lot of sweat — bacteria can cause acne.
Does skipping the shower affect your health?
Showering every day has no adverse effect on your health, provided you don’t take too long each time you shower. But some dermatologists say you can lose some of your natural oils and kill the good bacteria that protect your skin when you shower regularly.
However, body odor is unavoidable if you skip showering for too long, especially in the armpits and groin.
Sweat glands cover much of your body and produce sweat when you are overheated, stressed, hormonally, or physically active. Sweat itself is odorless until it combines with bacteria normally found on the skin.
Poor hygiene or infrequent showers can build up dead cells, dirt, and sweat on the skin. This can cause acne and potentially aggravate conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Shower routine for glowing skin
Your skin can benefit from a combination of good home skin care and the best professional solutions that I will show you shortly.
Here are some exfoliation tools for anyone wondering how to get the most out of their skin care routine.
Exfoliate your face to remove makeup
Rather than waiting for a shower, it helps to remove stubborn makeup from your eyes and face before going under the facet.
Opt for an electronic facial brush, as they easily exfoliate and prevent irritating the skin.
If you are using a manual exfoliating brush, dampen the facial brush and massage the cleanser into the skin in small circular motions with gentle pressure, then rinse with warm water. Use a manual facial brush 1 to 3 times a week.
Always wash your hair before any other part of your body
Your hair’s oils and products can easily drip onto your face while showering, not a big deal, but that would practically call for a break.
So make sure to cleanse your face towards the end of the shower, after you’ve finished combing your hair; That way, you remove all the dirt that is clogging your pores.
Clean your body with a dry brush with warm water
This would be a challenge for you if you are used to taking a steam bath, but showering with lukewarm water will help cleanse your skin without drying it out.
Using a natural bristle brush, start from the bottom of each body part and work toward the heart. Use about 2–3 long strokes over each area to avoid irritation. As with any other form of exfoliation, don’t push too hard- always aim for a gentle touch.
Always moisturize your skin after showering
Once you’ve rinsed off your body wash, shaving cream, and other necessary shower items, apply body lotion and face cream while your skin is still damp. When you apply moisturizing products to damp skin, it can retain more moisture.
Avoid cleansers and soaps with fragrances or deodorants. These products can irritate your skin.
Showering removes dead skin cells. When you don’t shower enough, these cells can stick to your skin and cause hyperpigmentation. Repeat the above shower routine and maintain good hygiene to correct this condition.
Just like you can shower too much, you can shower too little. So while showering less can improve skin health, you should still keep your personal hygiene in mind.