Bathing rituals have come a long way since the 19th century. The truth is, people didn’t have many opportunities to clean up after a long day’s work. The concept of cleanliness was mainly to stave off disease. As years went by and technologies evolved, showering and bathing became more prevalent. It’s amazing how indoor plumbing changed everything.
What Do Experts Suggest?
Many experts tend to agree that most people should avoid showering too frequently and in fact, if they reduce the frequency it can be an incredibly healthy decision for their skin.
They say people should try to shower once every two to three days and not use so much soap. Scrubbing your skin should be gentle and not with frequency as it will scrape off essential bacteria fighting skin.
Some even suggest trying to go longer than 3 days, especially if you’re older. Try using baby wipes on armpits and groin areas instead of taking long showers. They also suggest bathing with lukewarm water as high temperature heated water destroys the skin.
Not convinced yet? Maybe this video will explain things a little better.
The Benefits of Not Bathing Daily
Showering too frequently can hurt your skin. When you avoid showering daily, your skin is better able to maintain its balance, making it radiant and healthy. Here are some ways you can benefit from cutting back on showering.
Your skin receives its hydration from two main sources. It attracts moisture that is in the air and it also gets hydration from the beneficial oils and water found within your body. Daily showers will remove these two main sources and dry up your skin.
Keeps Your Natural Scent
Experts have linked smell with sexual attraction as well as selecting a mate both on the physiological and psychological level. This means that by showering less, you may actually do better at attracting a partner.
Preserve Healthy Bacteria on Skin
Good bacteria in the skin cell help these cells learn how to produce their own antibiotics that can help protect us from bad bacteria. Body lotion and most soaps don’t provide this benefit; only showering less frequently does.
Protect from Harmful Chemicals
You may be surprised to learn that having oils and dead skin cells on your skin is actually beneficial. These elements provide a kind of protection from harmful bacteria. When you shower, you remove these oils and dead skin cells from your skin and in the process make it easier for chemicals to get in.
Reduce Skin Irritations
Skin irritations are fairly common and people who deal with these issues such as rashes, general irritation or even something specific such as rosacea and eczema know that taking hot showers makes the problem worse.
In fact, their skin tends to behave better when they take fewer hot showers. Some people with psoriasis, eczema or other similar conditions will actually be allergic to the sensitizers found in shampoos and soaps.
If you remove these toxic products from your routine, you are likely to notice a significant decrease in rashes and irritations. Some people will even see their problems completely disappear.
It is important to find a good balance that will keep your skin clean but will allow it to remain healthy.