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Do you need to shower daily? Here’s what experts say

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Many people tend to skip baths when not stepping out of the house. But is it a good idea to do so? Find out here

Daily baths have always been associated with “cleanliness”. However, amid pandemic and the work from home schedule, the idea of taking daily baths is being widely discussed. Some people are even highlighting the benefits of taking fewer showers; but is it really wise to skip regular showers?

Dr Yashodhara Sharma, unit head and senior consultant, dermatology, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute said that while showering less can be an individual choice, it “certainly cannot be recommended”. “Needless to mention the benefits of a shower, it is almost a necessity; apart from removing dirt and dead skin, it rejuvenates skin, helps in blood circulation, fighting stress, and removing muscle tension. In short, it collectively even creates a condition of fast recovery from certain diseases,” said Dr Sharma.

During work from home, it may seem futile to take bath daily as one is not stepping out, but it must be noted that even at home, one is not free from bacteria attack on the skin, said Dr Sharma. “Daily shower is very important to maintain the balance of good bacteria and other microorganisms. Of course, bedridden patients and people with certain diseases are not recommended to take bath daily, but they are also advised to keep themselves and their surroundings clean in other ways,” she said.

People with dry skin or sensitive skin

However, it is said that repeatedly cleaning dry or sensitive skin may prove to be harmful. So what should one do in such a scenario? “Proper moisturising after a bath will help in this regard as sometimes it also depends upon the type of water and toiletries one is using. Hence, seeking a doctor’s advice is better than altogether dropping the idea of taking a frequent shower,” said Dr Sharma. Also in winters, lethargy may lead one to think about the benefits of not taking bath, but remember that bathing helps keep bacteria and bad odour away.