Most of us shower once, if not twice, a day. But all of this bathing could really be doing more harm than good!

Recent research has indicated that showering too often can have a host of negative effects on your body and your health. So if you’re a frequent bather, listen up – it’s time to change your ways!

What The Experts Are Saying

Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing, told Time Magazine that showering doesn’t really clean our bodies as well as we assume – it just makes us look nice.



“I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons. People think they’re showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case.”

This idea of over showing actually being harmful may seem counterintuitive, but it’s the truth, and here’s why….

Why Is It Wrong?

According to Dr. Larson, over showering can cause dry, cracked skin. These tiny cracks open up pathways for bacteria and infectious germs to break in, and as you get older and your skin gets drier, your chances of experiencing an infection increases!



Not only do you increase your likelihood of developing a serious infection, but by over showering, you also wash away protective natural oils! Our bodies’ natural oils populate our skin with immune-boosting bacteria (the good kind) and help battle infections before they even break the surface of our skin.

By bathing too much, you’re taking away your body’s natural defense mechanisms. So, if you want to boost your immunities, try showering several times a week instead of every day.

Well, Now What?

But if you can’t live without your daily shower, skip the soap! You can rinse your body off with the water and leave the sudsy substances behind. This will help your skin remain soft, sealed and ready to fight off any (bad) bacteria as soon as they strike!



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