Most of us shower every day. We do this to keep ourselves clean, smell fresh, and feel safe in our looks. It’s one of those daily routines that helps us get started on the right foot.
With so many celebrities openly admitting they don’t bathe regularly, you might be wondering: what, in the worst case, could happen if you follow their advice? In this post, we examine what could happen if you don’t shower and look at the pros and cons of showering every day from an expert point of view.
The benefits of showering every day
Showering daily has many benefits including
- Start the day refreshed and revitalized
- Remove unpleasant body odors (and prevent new odors from developing)
- Always look and smell good
- Keeps germs, dirt and bacteria away from your body, which helps prevent diseases like athlete’s foot and dandruff
- Feel clean!
What are the downsides?
While these are some great reasons to shower every day, there are also some cons:
- Washing your body with soap every day strips your skin and hair of their natural oils, leaving them dry and brittle.
- Showering uses a lot of water. A standard shower head uses two and a half gallons of water per minute, so an average eight minute shower can use about 20 gallons of water. That’s 7,300 gallons a year if you shower every day!
- It’s expensive, not because of the real cost of water, but because hot showers use a lot of energy.
- The entire shower process (including undressing and changing, drying your hair, etc.) can take a long time.
What is the worst case scenario if you don’t shower often?
While showering every day has its disadvantages, there are also consequences if you don’t. Studies have shown that washing the skin with antimicrobial soaps reduces the risk of infection.
However, other research suggests that the number of bacteria on our skin is stable with or without daily showering. It has clearly not yet been decided whether washing the skin is really beneficial or rather a placebo.
In contrast, the body odor you get when you shower less often is very real. Left long enough, that body odor can cause real social problems in your life. It could affect your relationships with your co-workers, partner, and friends. Anyone who chooses not to shower for weeks (or months?) Could even lose their job.
Conclusion: why are some people against showering?
The newly exposed lifestyles of some celebrities could be an indication that many of us are showering more than we need to. While you may not have to shower as much while working from home as you would when going to the office, that doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to give up showering entirely. At the end of the day, it depends on your particular situation and how you are comfortable.
There is no perfect answer to how often you should shower. Many variables play a role, making it difficult to determine who should shower daily and who can go without it for days.
The best way to find the right cadence for you is to take care of your own body. If you feel greasy, smelly, or sweaty, a shower is a good idea; If not, a quick flush or waiting for tomorrow may be better choices.