We all know the feeling of needing a good shower. The hot water hitting our skin, the refreshing feeling of being clean – it’s hard to resist. But what if we told you that showering isn’t actually good for you? Yep, that’s right – there are a whole host of reasons why you should ditch the shower and opt for another way to get clean.
For a start, showering is incredibly drying to your skin. The hot water strips away your natural oils, leaving your skin feeling tight and irritated. If you have sensitive skin, showering can actually make conditions like eczema and psoriasis worse.
Showering also isn’t great for your hair. The hot water can damage your hair follicles, leading to dry, brittle hair. And if you’re using shampoo and conditioner, the chemicals can build up over time and end up doing more harm than good.
But perhaps the biggest reason to avoid showering is the impact it has on the environment. The average shower uses around 50 litres of water, which is a huge waste of this precious resource. And if you’re using a shower gel or soap, you’re also washing all those chemicals down the drain and into our waterways.
So what’s the alternative? Well, there are a few options. You could try dry-brushing your skin before jumping into a cold shower (this stimulate circulation and help to remove dead skin cells). Or you could ditch the shower altogether and opt for a ‘bird-bath’ – simply fill a bowl with water and wash your face, pits and privates.
If you’re feeling really brave, you could even try a ‘water-free’ method of cleansing – using a washcloth or loofah with just water to clean your skin. This might take a bit of getting used to, but your skin will thank you for it in the long run.
So there you have it – the case for not showering. Will you be giving it a try?