Discover When You Should Shower And Why
While keeping in mind the rest of our daily routines and customs, whether we take a shower in the morning or at night will depend on the effects we're after
Showering is one of the most common practices that all human beings share and is considered to be just another day-to-day routine.
This is because after the 18th century, hygienic habits became part of society. Around that time, showers were considered harmful to the body.
It’s no wonder it was strictly prohibited with children.
Even though it seems simple, showering implies much more than getting wet, lathering with soap and rinsing off.
Besides cleaning one’s self, there are more reasons for showering, such as relaxing, getting refreshed, feeling better and in many occasions treating certain illnesses.
A Controversial Subject
As it is something done by the majority of the world’s population, naturally there are different points of view.
One of the most popular habits is to shower in the morning before beginning the daily routine, then again at night once everything is finished and just before going to sleep (twice a day). Even though we shower at these times, it’s worth noting that there is no absolute truth regarding the hour when it should be done.
Feeding the controversy on the matter are other valid arguments, keeping in mind it is something very personal and depends upon every individual.
1. When You Are Dirty
This argument is perhaps the most used for when people need a good shower. It’s the most logical, given that bathing is truly antiseptic, or at that’s what is suggested.
2. For Pleasure
It may seem crazy to many, but a lot of people shower to feel bodily pleasure. This also includes relaxation, which can be very necessary for muscles.
But Think About Your Skin
The underlying controversy about when to shower is clear from these arguments. But there is a fundamental element that few or none keep in mind: the skin.
This is one of the most relevant factors when it comes to showering.
The skin has a kind of protective layer of bacteria. This can be widely affected by excessive showering or use of bath products (soap, lotions and others).
The medical community recommends one shower per day, to prevent excessive showering from endangering the protective layer mentioned above.
It should be taken into account that the number of showers we take over time can lead to problems with cutaneous tissue such as dermatitis or allergies.
So, When Should We Take A Shower?
Without naming them, it’s enough to say that there are many valid arguments for showering in the morning as at night.
Here are some that support each side:
Showering in the Morning
It is recommended to shower in the morning only when some of these reasons form part of your daily routine.
- You are an early riser.
- Problems shaving at an early hour.
- Drowsiness when getting up.
- Excessive night sweating.
- Light work day.
- Showering at night affects amount of sleep.
- Oily skin.
Showering at Night
The reasons for showing at night, especially before bed, are usually the opposite of those mentioned above.
- Little time in the morning.
- You use makeup.
- Excessive fatigue.
- Demanding work day.
- Extensive physical activity (sports or walking).
- Excessive sweating during the day.
- Getting around by bicycle.
- You need to relax to sleep well.
What Kind of Water is Best For Showering?
After discussing the arguments about what time is best to shower, there is still a question to resolve: what kind of water should we use.
Generally, there are two options: hot and cold. From these, we could add a third, which is lukewarm.
It’s never good to go to extremes. Therefore, the most recommendable water for the body is lukewarm (cooler than hotter).