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Shower Frequency
Some of us shower at night, others are more into a morning shower, and some shower in the middle of the day. But regardless of what time we hop in to rinse off, one thing is true: We all shower pretty regularly. And in many ways that’s a good thing—showers leave us feeling fresh and clean and can be a rejuvenating or relaxing way to start or end the day. But chances are, most of us probably shower more often than we need to. We’ve been so conditioned to shower all the time that many people don’t realize that showering too frequently can actually dry out your skin and lead to irritation and other problems.
Showering frequency is one of those things that will vary from person to person, depending on various factors like your local climate, how active you are, your hair’s natural texture, and the temperature of the water you shower in. If you live in a place that's hot and humid and you sweat a lot, you may want to shower every day. If you live in a place that's cold and dry and you're not very active, you don't necessarily need to shower every day.
People who don’t sweat a lot and those who live in cooler, drier climates can probably shower every other day or every third day. Skin conditions play a role here too, so you’ll always want to check with your doctor before making any changes to your shower frequency.
Aim to keep your shower somewhere between five and 15 minutes long. This gives you ample time to get clean but isn’t so long that it will cause your skin to become overly dry. Showering is good because it'll add water to your skin. But if the shower is too hot or too long, it'll actually remove water from your skin.
In some cases, staying in the shower for too long can leave you with drier skin than you had prior to showering. This brings us to another important point - the importance of moisturizing after your shower to keep your skin hydrated, leaving your moisturizer in your bath or shower so that you can use it right away after showering. And keep in mind that not all moisturizers have the same effect. If you're in a colder, drier place, then use a cream or an ointment. If you're in a warmer place that's more humid, you can use a lotion.
Soaps and cleansers, especially the harsher types, can dry out your skin, so the more you use them, the higher the potential for dry and irritated skin.
How Often Should You Wash Your Face?
Get yourself into a routine of washing your face each morning and evening. The morning wash is important for removing drool and anything you’ve put on your skin at night, and the evening wash is important for removing the pollution, dirt, and grime that’s accumulated on your face during the day.
If you wash any more frequently than morning and evening, you risk stripping the important natural oils that keep your skin hydrated. Horrified of the thought of heading back to work after a midday workout without washing your face? Rinse with water, moisturize, and you’ll be good to go.
Hair Washing Frequency
If your hair is dry, you may only want to wash it twice a week. If it is on the oilier side, every other day is recommended.
Overall, how often you should wash your hair will depend on your hair’s texture, how oily or dry it is, and how much you sweat. If you sweat a lot and you have straight hair, then you may have to wash it every day. If you have curly hair, it takes longer for the oil to wick down to the edges.
But those with color-treated hair, especially lots of highlights, will want to be careful about washing their hair too frequently because overwashing can lead to breakage. You may want to shampoo just the scalp, and condition the ends. Overwashing can also lead to a dry or itchy scalp, and hair breakage, even among people who have not colored their hair.
While you don’t want to wash your hair too much, you want to make sure you’re washing it often enough that it’s clean. If you don’t, you may get an itchy scalp or a condition called seborrheic dermatitis, more simply known as dandruff. Other signs that you’re not washing your hair enough? Greasy hair or an oily scalp, a bad odor, a sore scalp, or hair that looks more flat or dull than usual. To get rid of minor oiliness, dry shampoo can sometimes do the trick, but you don’t want to use this as a replacement for hair washing in the long-term. Especially if you’re scalp is feeling itchy or unclean.

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