The world can be separated into two types of people: those who shower in the morning and those who shower before going to bed.
But when it comes to deciding which one is actually better, it can cause a rift between the two groups because each believes their habit is better. People who shower in the morning say they feel fresh and ready to seize the day after a shower when they wake up, and those who bathe at night say they feel gross going to bed and essentially marinating in their own personal filth while they sleep.
Well, we decided it was time to settle the score!
But to do that, we needed the opinions of an expert. Lucky for us, dermatologist Dr. Natasha Cook was happy to give us hers on the pros and cons of both categories of showering. So let’s see which one came out on top!
First Up: The Pros
Dr. Cook says that showering in the morning and night, both have their benefits.
Rise & Shine!
Those who shower in the morning start off in the right mindset. Having a shower in the morning gets them feeling clean, fresh, and awake. She says that a nice shower first thing in the day will “wake up the body and getting the circulation going. Especially if you oscillate the temperature from warm to very cold for as long as you can stand it, and then back to warm again.”
Dr. Cook says you can do this by turning the shower from hot to cold and back again a couple times, creating a pseudo-sauna-slash-ice-bath. “It wakes up the cells by shutting down the circulation with the cold water, then reopening with the hot water,” explains Dr. Cook, and recommends trying to do it three times for the best results. “You generally feel fresher,” she says.
Read on to find out the other side of coin!
On the other hand, those who shower in the evening are getting another benefit. According to Dr. Cook, they are “removing the pollution of the day.” She explains that environmental pollution can actually affect your skin, and says it “accumulates on the skin producing free radical damage and inflammation.”
At the same time, the doctor also says evening showers act as sort of a mental cleansing on top of cleansing your body. She says a satisfying shower makes you feel clean and washed off of the tension and stress of the day (a sort of inner pollution).
What’s the Verdict?
So it seems like evening showers are better for you!
This is because they rid your body of dirt and other adverse effects collected throughout the day, whereas, they may have already caused too much damage on your skin by next morning.
So what’s the right temperature for a shower? How often should you be showering? What’s the best way to cleanse yourself during a shower?
Read on to find the answers to these questions!
If you’re anything like me, you like to take scathingly hot showers, especially when the days get cold. The water never seems hot enough, no matter how far you push the dial. And boy, does it feel good!
Well, bad news for you and me: we need to stop.
Dr. Cook explains why. She says the water is too hot, “it damages the skin by over evaporating and drying it out, especially if you have dry skin or eczema.”
And that’s not all. “Water takes moisture out via evaporation, and dries out the skin,” says Dr. Cook, “This strips out the moisture from the epidermal barrier layer and compromises its protective function.”
Imagine my surprise; I thought water was good for moisture! Turns out, no.
Too Many Showers
So, you might think that if there are benefits to both morning and night showers, why don’t you just do them both to get the best results?
Well, here’s why. She warns that too many showers can damage the largest organ in our body; our skin.
“If you have OK skin, and no problems with eczema and dryness, and you take appropriate measures to protect against the evaporating and drying effects of water, then having two showers a day isn’t a problem,” says Cook.
But there’s one thing that plays a major role in deciding how more than one shower affects us. And that is…
And That Is… Soap!
“Don’t use soap. Soap contains surfactants – the ingredients that make a product foam,” stresses Dr. Cook, “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.”
So what, you may think, there are soap and foam free body washes, I’ll just buy those. The harsh truth is, it’s most probably the case that the manufacturer is lying to you! “Even if a product says “soap free”, if it foams, it has soap and [you should] avoid it! We over wash and damage our skin,” explains Dr. Cook.
Dr. Natasha Cook says her favorite 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 says it can feel weird at first but after a while, you’ll get used to it, and your skin will feel amazing! She says to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated, you just have to avoid all foaming products and use a moisturizer just as you get out of the shower – be it morning, evening, or night!