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Doctor Reveals Why We Shouldn't Shower Every Day

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Doctor Reveals Why We Shouldn't Shower Every Day

We shower for a multitude of different reasons: exercise, because we want to be fresh for the day, because we want to be fresh for the evening, we're going out, we're aching, we need to wake up, we're cold, we want a pick me up or a little alone time...

One thing's for sure - a daily shower is just part of the routine, for many of us (unless you're at a festival, of course).

But is it good for you? Dr Chris definitely doesn't think so and there's research to back him up.

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Good Morning's resident medic explained: "It can be harmful because the skin is densely populated with friendly bacteria," adding: "Having a shower every day can remove friendly bacteria."

Basically, healthy skin should have a layer of oil and a balance of microorganisms and friendly bacteria.

According to research from a Harvard Health publication, washing and scrubbing your skin can cause your skin to become dry and irritated.

The university publication explains: "Dry, cracked skin may allow bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin is supposed to provide, allowing skin infections and allergic reactions to occur."

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Daily showers do have benefits - such as reducing swelling, improving immune function, easing muscles and increasing blood flow - but it seems we only do it to meet social standards of cleanliness.

Medical News Today sets out that meeting these standards 'helps people feel at home in their working and social environments and their bodies'.

This begs the question: how often should we shower?

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Well, first of all, it's been advised to change your showering routine as the year goes on, with dermatologists recommending that people protect their skin from becoming too dry by taking showers less frequently.

Other things you can do include shortening the time you're in the shower, replacing hot water and soap with warm water and cleansers (and use the smallest amount of cleanser), and drying the skin gently.

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It's best for individuals of all ages to shower differently. For children aged 6-11, research suggests that showers every few days is needed.

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Teenagers - who embark upon more physical activities - are a whole different kettle of fish. As you may be able to guess, showers are a good idea for teens after taking part in strenuous sport.

According to Medical News Today, things are different yet again for adults.

The publication says: "Taking a shower once or twice a week can often be sufficient to meet these criteria, and people can use warm washcloths in between to stay feeling fresh."

Makes sense.

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Topics: Community, Weird

Rebecca Shepherd
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