How Often Should You Shower: The Perfect Shower Routine

How Often Should You Shower: The Perfect Shower Routine

Find out how can you make the most out of your shower routine to keep your skin radiant and happy.

How often should you shower?

Many of us wake up and jump straight into a hot shower each day, but is this what's best for your skin?

How often should you shower?

There is no one rule for everyone when it comes to how often you should shower as everybody is different, some of us have naturally drier skin or oily skin, and some of us sweat more than others.  These are all contributing factors when determining how often you should shower:

  • How often should you shower: Once a day - If you are very active: when you exercise your body produces more sweat which can result in more body odour, it would beneficial for you to wash daily to remove dirt and keep your skin fresh. - If you find you produce more body odour: some of us produce more body odour than others due to a number of reasons including genetics, the food you eat, hormones, and stress. If you find yourself in this category you should shower once a day using a moisturising shower gel to retain hydration to help manage your body odour. - If you live in a hot environment: Living in a hot environment causes your body to produce more sweat and much like when being active, you should shower once a day to combat this.
  • How often should you shower: Once every two days - Unless you are very active, have bad body odour, or live in a hot environment, one shower every other day is plenty for most people as your body does not get dirty so quickly that you need to wash frequently and you are unlikely to smell after one day without showering. Try the NIVEA Clay Fresh Shower Blue Agave & Lavender to thoroughly cleanse and hydrate your skin.
  • People who should never shower more than once every 2 days include: - Babies & young children - babies and children have very delicate skin and it's important to try to maintain the balance of their skin's natural oils in order to keep their skin healthy. - The elderly - as you age your skin becomes drier so showering frequently will cause your skin to dry out much quicker, which can lead to irritated and sore skin as well as increasing the appearance of wrinkles as lines appear deeper when not moisturised. It doesn't matter whether you like to shower in the mornings or the evenings, so long as you are not showering too often it will affect your skin in the same way.

Things to avoid when showering

  • Water that's too hot - your skin prefers cold or lukewarm water to retain it's natural oils
  • Shower gels containing alcohol - alcohol dries out the skin and also strips it of its natural oils
  • Washing your face in the shower - shower water is too hot for your face and will cause more damage than good so washing your face with cold water at the sink is much better for it
  • Spending too long in the shower - the longer you spend in the shower the more you will dry your skin out

Water temperature and skin health

Hot Water:

Although there's nothing better than a hot shower to relax or wake up to on a cold morning, it could actually be damaging for your skin health. As a general rule if your skin stings in the shower or starts to turn red, your shower is too hot and it will be causing harm to your skin. This is because using hot water strips your skin of it's natural oils and dries out your skin. The same thing can be said for keeping your hair healthy, having a shower that is too hot will also strip your hair of it's natural oils leaving it drier and more vulnerable to damage. Skin conditions such as eczema can also become inflamed can worsen if your shower water is too hot

Cold Water:

There are many benefits to showering in cold water and you should try to implement cold water into your skin 
1. Pores become tightened making skin feel firmer and also restricting the amount of dirt that can get into your pores
2. Improves skin's ability to respond to injury
3. Allows your skin to retain it's natural oils without drying out

The Perfect Shower Routine

To get the most out of every shower, here at NIVEA we've got the perfect shower routine to pamper and care for your skin:

  1. Before stepping into the shower adjust the temperature so that it's lukewarm
  2. Brush your hair to get the knots out and reduce the amount of hair likely to clog the hole
  3. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells
  4. Shampoo thoroughly making sure to massage your roots - this helps to make sure you're reaching all the hairs as well as feeling nice for the scalp
  5. Rinse thoroughly till your hair feels 'squeaky'
  6. Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair avoiding the roots - applying conditioner to your roots, although pampering and moisturising, will cause your hair to become greasy faster resulting in needing to wash it more often which is not good for your hair
  7. While the conditioner is soaking into your hair, apply a moisturising shower gel to your whole body such as the NIVEA Oil Infused Lotus Shower Cream
  8. If necessary, apply shaving foam or shower gel to areas of your body you want to shave - the warm water causes the hair to become softer which makes it easier to shave and helps to prevent shaving rash
  9. Rinse with cold water to tighten the pores

Not just about your body

How often should you wash your hair?

How often should you wash your hair depends on your hair type as well as whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or normal skin as some people's scalps are drier and find they can go for longer periods without washing their hair, or more oily and feel they must wash their hair often to keep it from becoming greasy.  

Hair types & how often you should wash your hair:

  • Thick brunette and Asian hair types - these types of hair tend to get greasier more quickly so need washing around 3 times a week
  • Afro-textured or coloured/over-processed hair - this type of hair tends to be drier so requires less washing washing of around once a week

Try the NIVEA MEN Strong Power Shampoo, it's mild on your scalp but thoroughly cleansing

How often should you wash your face?

How often should you wash your face depends on your skin type as well:

  • Oily skin: Although it's a common misconception that people with oily skin should wash their face multiple times a day, this has the opposite effect and can actually do more damage than good. When oily skin is frequently washed it produces more oil (sebum) to combat the drying effect of washing and can lead to breakouts and blemishes more easily. Instead, you should wash your face with a gentle face wash before bed to remove dirt from the day and and use a toner in the morning to remove dirt traces gathered over night. What you should focus on is applying a lightweight moisturiser that won't further clog your pores rather than frequently washing.
  • Dry skin: Even if you have dry skin it's important to wash your face once every two days with a gently exfoliating face wash to remove dead skin cells that might gather on the skin causing spots. After this you should apply a more nourishing moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated for longer or a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid which provides a moisture boost for the skin. 
  • Combination skin: For combination skin it is a little more complicated - how often you should wash your face depends on the different parts of your face. For example if you have an oily T-zone you should wash this area once a day and only wash the drier parts of your face such as your cheeks once every two days so that you are not further drying them out. 
  • Normal skin: If you have normal skin you should use a face wash that contains a gentle formula to remove any dirt and this should be done once every day or two days. Between washes you should use a cleanser or toner to remove dirt each day so that you don't get blemishes.
  • Mature skin: Mature skin tends to be drier so much like dry skin you should only wash your face every two days, but avoid harsh exfoliators as your skin becomes more delicate as you age - instead use a hydrating gentle face wash and make sure to apply moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid or Q10 to lock in moisture afterwards.