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“As little?” How many times should you shower a week according to experts?

When was the last time you took a shower? If your answer is “less than 24 hours ago”, you are like most people.

There are even many who shower two or three times a day. But do you really know how often you should take a shower?

How often is it recommended to shower?

The American Academy of Dermatology advises parents to bathe their babies when they think they need it. If they are not too dirty, the recommendation is to bathe them about 2 times a week when they are between 6 and 11 years old.

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Usually the immune system of children need some dirt (organisms such as bacteria and small viruses) to thrive.

Once children are over 12 years old, they always shower on their own and usually do it daily to eliminate the bad odors typical of puberty.

The American Academy of Dermatology ensures that daily showering is not necessary as it reduces moisture from the skin. Every 2 days would be enough.

soap is made for remove dirt and oils from the skin and leave it clean. Normally its formulation is based on a combination of fat or oil together with an alkaline substance that dissolves in water (such as salt or sodium bicarbonate).

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On the other hand, shampoo also removes essential oils (commonly called oil or sebum) from hair, which is why most experts recommend wash hair once every two to three daysno more.

Also, when showers are with hot water they can dry out both skin and hair.

How to keep skin clean and healthy

  • Don’t shower with too hot water
  • Do not take more than 30 minutes to shower
  • Moisturize your skin when you get out of the shower

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Generally, you can get rid of body dirt in less than three minutes by focusing on wash armpits and groin. So, if you really feel the need to shower every day, you can try interspersing full-body showers with underarm and groin washes.

Finally, it should be noted that there are many people who say that it is very important to end each shower with cold water since it can have a very beneficial impact on health. This is not entirely true, the key is that during the entire time you are in the shower you use warm waterneither cold nor hot.

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