The Shocking Truth About Showering Daily

Staff Writer: Kylise Carino

Some of you reading this might think what I’m about to say is gross, or disgusting, or weird. Well I am here to debunk all the stuff that you believe about showering daily. 

Most people believe if you don’t shower daily that your unclean or dirty. Jackie Avila, a sophomore at Woodstock High School, explained. “I shower every day because I feel it’s nasty if you don’t and I don’t want to smell bad.” 

Another sophomore, Mitchell Dokos, said, “I shower every day because I think if you don’t it’s disgusting.” 

But is this really all true? 

Well, the fact is that you should only shower twice in a week, in accordance to the normal standards of health and hygiene. Showering daily unnecessarily wastes up to 30-40 percent of water, so to prevent excessive water waste, you should not shower daily. Many people can shower every two to three days and still be clean, and your family and friends won’t notice that  anything is weird. Babies and young children shouldn’t be bathed every day either. As you get older, you will probably want to cut down on the number of showers you take a week as well.

Showering more often doesn’t make you healthier, and if you think that it helps cleanse any bad bacteria, you’re wrong. There is no need to shower more often to cleanse away bacteria. The human body is littered with bacteria, the vast majority being helpful, or at least not harmful. Showering daily in numerous ways is just not necessary.

A sophomore from Woodstock high school, Angel Perez, voiced his opinion on the matter with, “I shower daily because my hair usually feels like nasty to me out of nowhere, and sometimes I even shower twice a day.” 

Another sophomore, Bella Budd, had a similar opinion, “I shower every morning and sometimes at night. I do this to get clean.” 

People tend to believe that if you don’t shower every day, you’ll automatically smell bad, or you’re dirty. The facts show that this just isn’t true. If you’re used to a daily shower, the thought of skipping a day may seem gross. But the fact is, we’ve been socially conditioned to feel the need to shower every day. Showering too often can, in most cases, cause more troubles than it helps.

One of the biggest issues with showering too frequently is that it strips your skin of its natural oils. Human skin is covered with oils. Frequent cleansing removes these oils and can make your skin dry and itchy. It can also irritate sensitive skin and eczema.

For the most part, you don’t want to wash your hair too often either. Over-washing can make your hair dry and frizzy, especially if your hair is naturally dry, curly, or coarse. It can make your scalp feel dry and itchy too.

If you think showering often helps protect you from bad bacteria, the exact opposite may be true. Showering too often breaks down this natural barrier and leaves your skin at a risk of a viral infection.

So next time you decide to shower, make sure you think if it’s really necessary.

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A common shower faucet that you may or may not use daily. Picture credit: simplemost.com

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A lady taking a nice shower and using shampoo to clean her hair. She seems to be really enjoying herself. Picture credit: bustle.com

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Bacteria on the surface of the skin, that may or may not be on you right now. Picture credit: 123rf.com

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A guy turning away from a disgusting smell. He could perhaps be smelling you. 

Picture credit: medicalnewstoday.com

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