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October 31, 2023

Here’s how often you actually need to shower, according to experts

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There’s a big trend on social media at the moment called the “everything shower”.

It’s that shower you take where you wash your hair, shave your legs, do a face mask, and basically just spend fifteen minutes or more soaking under warm water.

For some that sounds like heaven, but for the few people out there who hate getting in the shower, it could be hell.

Some of us might only want to take a shower every few days – and if you don’t stink, does it really matter?

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Woman using conditioner in the shower

Over 80 per cent of Aussies take a shower every day, but according to experts, that might not be necessary for everyone.

”There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to washing skin and hair,” dermatologist Joyce Park told The New York Times in a new report.

There are a number of factors that go into determining how often you should shower: your skin and hair type, how much you sweat and how dirty you get.

And for those of you who love a morning shower and a night shower, you could be overdoing it. “Showering too frequently can definitely dry out your skin, worsening redness, itchiness and flaking, and triggering eczema flares,” says Park.

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Woman applying soap with loofah while taking shower in bathroom.

When to shower daily

If you sweat a lot – whether due to exercise, heat, or your natural body responses – you’d benefit from taking a daily shower.

“It is important to shower to rinse away the sweat and buildup that can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts,” said Dr. Marisa Garshick.

Shampooing daily is a good idea if you have naturally oily hair or if you have dandruff.

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff isn’t caused by dry skin, but instead by a yeast-like fungus that feeds off the oil on your scalp. It inflames your skin and causes it to flake off. Daily hair washing can get rid of that fungi.

When to shower a little less

If you have a pretty sedentary lifestyle and aren’t finding yourself sweating or getting dirty throughout the day, you don’t need to shower with such frequency.

Also, if you have eczema or dry or sensitive skin, showering every two days is better for you, as soap can irritate your skin further.

For people with naturally dry scalps, you can get away with shampooing just once or twice a week. Dry shampoo is good to freshen up your hair, but it’s important that you’re washing out the buildup frequently.

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Female hands wash their hair with shampoo with foam on a blue background, front view.

Don’t make your showers too hot

Though it’s tempting to turn your hot tap on all the way, especially in winter, it could cause problems with your skin.

“[Showers that are] too hot do damage the skin by over-evaporating and drying out the skin. Especially if you have dry skin or eczema,” dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook

In fact, water doesn’t provide moisture to the skin.

“[Water] takes moisture out via evaporation, and dries out the skin,” explains Cook. “This strips out the moisture from the epidermal barrier layer and compromises its protective function.”

Avoid soap if possible

“Don’t use soap,” warns Cook.

“Soap contains surfactants – the ingredients that make a product foam,” she says.

“Foaming products ‘strip’ the skin, wearing down and damaging the epidermal barrier layer and function. This layer is imperative to protect your skin and it needs to be functioning in order to have healthy skin.”

A girl washes her back

Cook’s favourite cleansing product is a skin bath and shower oil.

“Rub it into the skin then wash off in the shower,” she advises. “It provides protective moisture into the skin while showering, leaving a light layer of oil or hydration. Pat dry when you get out.”

She understands it can feel a little different at first, “but give it time to soak in and absorb. Your skin will feel soft, hydrated and amazing.”

If you avoid all foaming products and moisturise after a shower when your skin is still moist, Cook believes you can prevent dryness via evaporation and reap the full benefits of your shower – no matter what time of day that may be.

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