We have all come to understand that taking a shower on a daily basis is a necessary part of life. As a matter of fact, we get a bit grossed out when we find out that someone showers only twice a week or less. If you think about it, where did the idea of bathing regularly come from? Well, the experts have asked that same question and now they have decided that a person is better off if they only shower a few times a week.
Taking daily showers is bad for your health, according to Dr. Casey Carlos, assistant professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California Sand Diego School of Medicine. “It’s not just the water that’s the problem,” states Carlos on Lifehack.com, “it’s the soap that people use.” Dr. Carlos explains that soaps tend to remove the natural oils from the skin, and in turn, leaves the skin very dry. “If a person must use soap, they should only use it on their feet, groin, and armpits,” she said. She then goes on to explain that everyone should avoid putting soap on their legs, back, chest, and arms because those areas have an ability to clean itself. If this sounds a bit unusual, it should. There aren’t many research studies that suggest “self-cleaning” skin, but there are expert opinions on how the skin operates and how it might be better protected if it isn’t dried out.
According to some experts, the top layer of the skin is composed of dead skin cells that protect the skin underneath. That top layer of skin is supported by fats that help to generate the moisture in our skin. When we shower using soaps that are drying, we break the first layer apart and reduce our skin’s ability to heal or remain moist to protect itself. “Less recovery of the skin prevents good bacteria from growing on the skin, which is responsible for protecting the skin from infections,” based on expert medical opinions.
In addition to preventing our skin from protecting us against infections, taking excessive showers with drying soaps can also cause wrinkles. When our skin is dry, it does not have the moisture necessary to keep it smooth and subtle. Think about leather and how it reacts when it is dry versus when it is conditioned with leather conditioner. Our skin reacts the same way.
Taking showers is an important part of hygiene and shouldn’t be ignored. Just make sure that you limit the number of showers you take and that you use soaps that don’t dry your skin out. Being conscientious of what you put on your skin, or how often, will assist with your ability to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful.