How Often Should You Shower?

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IF YOU BATHE TOO OFTEN

If you shower too much it can lead to discomfort, and you may experience:

  • itching
  • dry, flaky skin
  • flare-ups of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • dry, brittle hair

Due to personal preference, you may not want to skip a daily shower. If this applies to you, stick with only one shower per day, according to experts.

Any more and you can potentially strip your skin of essential oils. This causes dryness, which can lead to skin inflammation or eczema. Your skin may feel itchy and may crack, flake, and become red.

If you have a skin condition like psoriasis, more than one shower per day might even trigger a flare-up. Also, too many showers may rinse away “good” bacteria from your skin, putting you at risk for infections.

Skin health isn’t the only reason to shower less, though. Showers use a lot of water, but you may not realize how much.

SAVE WATERTaking shorter showers or reducing your number of showers can drastically decrease your family’s water consumption. You’ll not only conserve resources, but also lower your utility bill.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency estimates that the average shower lasts about 8.2 minutes and uses roughly 17.2 gallons of water.

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