We all had that one classmate in high school or university that just didn’t take a shower everyday. It was pretty obvious too, the oily hair, a film of sweat on the skin, and of course the offensive body odour. You wanted to gently remind that person to please consider the benefits of taking a shower.
And it seemed to be worse in the winter time when that individual incorrectly assumed that the cold weather kept him fresh. It’s fair to say, we all felt relieved when you were not in the same classes the following semester.
Some folks assume that skipping the shower for a couple of days is actually good for you. The most common argument for ignoring a nice, hot bath is that it builds up the immune system and cavemen didn’t shower daily. It may be hard to believe but getting a clean wash everyday is fundamental. Skipping the showers even for two days is actually quite gross.
Why wouldn’t anyone want to take a shower first thing in the morning?
It wakes all your senses up. It’s pretty awesome when you come out of the shower and put on clean clothes to get ready to conquer the world.
Some people are not satisfied with just one shower a day; doing one in the morning and one at night is very common.
According to a 2008 report by Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a global hygiene company, Australians are amongst the cleanest people on the planet.
Babies don’t need to take a bath everyday. Once or twice a week is more than enough.
Newborns’ skin is extremely sensitive and let’s be honest they do not sweat like adults do.
Showering everyday is not a thing of the past.
This has become a social standard in the last 50 to 60 years where accessible, clean water in first world countries have become the norm.
Depending on your hair texture, washing it everyday can make it dry and brittle.
Nonetheless, if you work out everyday you may want to consider using a dry shampoo. Believe it or not there is such a thing as scalp smell and that’s not a compliment.
Your body is always carrying bacteria on, even when you do shower daily.
There are approximately 1,000 different types of bacteria on your skin as we speak. Not to mention the 40 or so different type of fungus. Not to worry, the majority of the bacteria is good for you.
Good bacteria is working diligently to keep the bad bacteria off our bodies.
The body also naturally produces antimicrobials that kill or inhibit bad microorganisms.
Nonetheless, the human body needs a little extra help to keep all the pathogens away.
Keep in mind, many pathogens evolve and adapt to our body’s natural defence. Taking a shower becomes the reinforcer or the back up.
When you skip showering you may think that as long as you are not getting sweaty you are clean.
Imagine everywhere you go and touch. You will touch door handles, throw out the garbage, pay for something, and go to the washroom. The body builds a plaque called dermatitis neglecta over time from the lack of cleanliness.
By forgoing a bath or shower, you are welcoming all the bad bacteria to make a permanent home on you.
These microorganisms can end up around your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Your body is moist and salty which builds up when you don’t bathe, causing skin irritation and small abrasions.
This increases the risk of bacterial and fungal infections. Just think of jock itch.
Bathing gets rid of all the stuff our body holds onto during the day.
If you wear make-up, it’s important that you remove it every night regardless of how tired you may be. If you routinely forget to take off your make-up, you are going to have premature aging due to the skin not being able rebuild and repair. Acne will also get worse from lack of showers.
Sweat is actually odourless. What causes B.O is bacteria consuming the body’s protein and fatty acids.
When the bacteria is done feeding, it converts the protein and fatty acids into gross smelling chemicals. They can produce up to 30 bad smells.
Think of the social consequences. You don’t want to have that uncomfortable conversation with your boss, do you?
B.O. is an offensive smell for anyone who is around you.
Leave the bad smells to the skunks!
Dermatologists suggest you keep the armpits, groin, and face clean at all the time as these are the favourite spots for bacteria to grow.
You don’t need to spend an eternity in the shower either.
Over showering and using hot water can strip the body of its natural oils so don’t over do it either. Do it for the good of mankind and just shower already.
Source : lifebuzz.com