Showers work like coffee for some, providing the stimulation it takes to wake up and start the day. Other people use them to wind down and relax after a tough day or difficult workout. But according to dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch in an article for Essence, if you shower every day, it might not be good for you. Showers disrupt natural processes that occur on your skin and in your hair and nails. They also waste clean water, which so many people in the world lack access to.
This is news to my ears. Not just because I'm lazy, but because I hate the shower. There's just so much to do in there. Plus it's dangerous. I can barely walk on land without falling, so it doesn't make sense to have me move around in a slippery shower with chemicals and razors in my hands. How I'm still alive is kind of a miracle.
If you, too, come close to death each time you turn on that faucet, or if you just wish you had a few extra minutes each week, you'll be happy to know that limiting showers can make you healthier. It can also make you look better. True story. Here's how.
1. You're Not Even Dirty
Do you go to the gym every day or work in a chemical factory? If so, you should shower every day. Otherwise, you're probably not that dirty. According to Gurl.com, showering daily is likely motivated by societal pressure to be clean and not by actually being dirty. According to Dr. Casey Carlos, assistant professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, your skin actually has effective ways of cleaning itself.
2. You Need That Bacteria
3. You're Drying Out Your Hair
Washing your hair each day can strip it of natural oils, which can make your hair dull, dry, or frizzy. According to Andrea L. Hayden, Director of the International Association of Trichologists, you should be washing your hair two times per week, tops -- especially if you have fine, weak, or damaged hair. On the days when you don't wash, you can still condition to help rebuild moisture, according to Hayden.
4. You're Drying Out Your Skin
Long, hot showers can lead to flaky, peeling, dry skin. The hot water (and warm water, too, though less quickly) leaches the natural oils from your skin, which protect it and keep it moist and healthy. WebMD recommends cutting your shower time to less than 10 minutes if you must shower every day, and to skip the scalding hot water.
5. You'll Ruin Your Manicure
Showers, especially hot showers, play havoc with your manicure. The hot water causes your nails to expand, which leads to peeling and chipping. According to Bliss Kiss, as your nails absorb water from the shower, they'll actually lose moisture and oils, which can lead to chipping, peeling and breaking.
6. You're Wasting Water
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day! Much of that water goes toward hygiene, so it follows that showering less will help conserve water. Switching to baths won't help either, as baths use almost three times more water than showers, according to Stanford University.
Lazy people rejoice in vindication. Those of you who never miss your daily showers, think of how much extra time you'll have if you skip your full body wash a couple of times per week.
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