Some people don’t take a bath every day. While there’s tons of conflicting advice about how often you should be bathing, this group might have it right. It may sound counterproductive, but a bath every day could be bad for your skin. Some dermatologists only recommend bathing every other day, or two to three times a week. Many people take a bath at least once a day, either in the morning or at night before bed. Depending on the day and your activity level, you might even take two or three baths. There’s no arguing the importance of personal hygiene. But while some people take a bath every single day, in many cases it doesn’t have to be a part of your daily routine. Regular bathing does not necessarily mean that you have to bathe every day. It just means you have to have a schedule on when to take a bath. Not convinced that you can skip the daily bath and stay clean? Here’s what you need to know about bathing too much, as well as not bathing enough.
This is what happens when you bathe regularly:
Induces sleep: Bathing before going to sleep has been proven to induce sleep. In some people it has shown to improve the quality of sleep while in others it has also cured insomnia.
Removes toxins: No matter how much deodorant you spray on yourself, if you go out without taking a bath you will stink. If you sweat a lot, then you should never skip a bath. Sweating is a means by which the body eliminate toxins. With daily bath your perspiration odor will be reduced greatly. Warm water bath not only drains out all the toxins but also kills bacteria and viruses, which will also decrease the number infections you may suffer throughout the year.
Boosts the immune system: Not just warm water bath but a cold shower can also benefit you a lot. A study showed that taking a cold shower regularly can stimulate the vascular and lymph system to produce a greater number of immune cells that fight infections. This can decrease your chances of falling sick over the year.
You'll look beautiful: Bathing with warm or cold water is like a natural cleansing process. It opens up pores, removes toxins and leaving your skin smooth and soft. Bathing with salt water can even reduce signs of aging.
Improves lung function: With every mug of cold water that you pour on your head while bathing, an automatic reflex action is set in. It forces you to breathe deeply with a quick pause. When cold water hits you, you instantly tend to hold your breath for couple of seconds followed by deep exhalation. This opens up the lungs and increases the uptake of oxygen.
Improves blood circulation: Immersing yourself in a tub filled with water increases blood circulation to the limbs and helps in nourishment of damaged cells at the extremities. With increased blood circulation, the blood pressure reduces and the heart function also improves.
This is what happens when you don’t take a bath enough:
Just as you can bathe too much, you can also bathe too little. So, although fewer baths may improve skin health, you should still keep your personal hygiene in mind.
Sweat glands cover much of your body, and they produce sweat when you’re overheated, stressed, hormonal, or physically active. Sweat in itself is odorless — until it combines with bacteria that’s normally present on the skin.
A skipped bath here or there probably won’t trigger body odor, especially if you haven’t been exercising. However, body odor is inevitable the longer you go without a bath, particularly in your armpits and groin.
Of course, the risk of body odor isn’t the only reason to shower or bathe regularly. Poor hygiene or infrequent baths can cause a buildup of dead skin cells, dirt, and sweat on your skin. This can trigger acne, and possibly exacerbate conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.Taking a bath too little can also trigger an imbalance of good and bad bacteria on your skin. Too much bad bacteria on your skin also puts you at risk for skin infections. This may lead to dermatitis neglecta, where patches of plaque develop on the skin due to inadequate cleansing.