You’re not as dirty as you think
Daily showers are best for people with physically demanding jobs, those who live in hot, humid climates, or people prone to sweating. But if you don’t sweat that often, you could probably go two to three days without stepping into the shower, dermatologist Monika G. Kiripolsky, MD, told Men’s Health.
It’s making your skin itchy, red, and dry
Your skin, the body’s largest organ, serves a critical immune function as your body’s protective barrier. Showering too often, especially during cold, dry winter months, weakens this barrier and makes your skin more vulnerable to irritation. “The soap and the hot water dissolve the lipids in the skin and scrubbing only hastens the process. The more showers you take, the more frequently this damage takes place and the less time your skin has to repair itself through natural oil production,” according to HowStuffWorks.com. And that tight, after-shower feeling you get? It’s not a sign of cleanliness, Casey Carlos, assistant professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, told Today.com. “It means your skin is too dry.”
Towel drying also takes a toll on your skin
Drying off with a towel can further aggravate your delicate birthday suit. It’s best to air dry, according to HowStuffWorks.com, but if that takes too long or you don’t like leaving wet footprints all over the house, use a soft towel and gently pat your skin dry instead of vigorously rubbing it.