Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why do some people avoid showering daily?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why does my divorced mom have such a fancy showerhead in her bathroom?” Seriously? Didn’t we kinda cover the showerhead thing? What does your mom look like? Got a picture?)
Let’s assume this is in reference to a comment made by Glee star and recent guest-host of The View Naya Rivera . She said: “I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.” (According to Yahoo writer Grace Gold “the actress is part Puerto-Rican, African-American and German. Germans are white. This means Rivera is part white. But why she’s clueless is a topic for another edition.)
At any rate, some people avoid showering daily because they, like Rivera, found out about a study that she learned about that “says you’re supposed to shower once or twice every three days. ”
Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Dermatology says: “Daily showering is a more cultural phenomenon than medical necessity. “ He claims it can “be harmful to skin, as hot water strips essential oils and can lead to irritation.”
Gold reports that some folks avoid showering daily “particularly in the wintertime, (because) the alkaline pH of some soaps can disrupt normal skin barrier function. This, along with heavily fragranced formulas and long hot showers, can result in chronically parched and itchy skin that is prone to irritation.”
They ignore the fact that bacteria can build up quickly and produce body odor and that if according to New York dermatologist Eric Schweiger, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group, “showering is skipped for too long, that bacteria can potentially turn harmful and result in infection.” They also ignore the fact that showering daily “can be fine for skin health if you do so in a way that protects the barrier.”
Some people avoid showering daily because they don’t know that showers under 7 minutes that are not too hot are fine. Some have issues with traditional soap because according to Gold’s research it is “too caustic for some sensitive and aging skin types, particularly when temperature and humidity levels drop.” They are unaware that they could switch to a soap-free, moisturizing body wash.
Other folks believe experts who say that just changing your undies and socks daily is enough to avoid having body bacteria become body odor. Finally, there are people like poster “Gwayne919” who says he does not bathe “very often.” He says he works and lives “alone in a forest with a (dog) who doesn’t seem to know that (he smells) different from other people.”
Why do some people avoid showering daily? Now you know.
(Perhaps, the more interesting question is why do some people feel the need to share the fact that they avoid showering daily?)
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