Having a shower is one of the simple joys of life. It rejuvenates the skin and mind and provides a host of additional health benefits, such as increasing blood flow. Opinion is divided about whether you should shower day day, however. Drawing on research, This Morning’s Dr Chris highlighted the health risks posed by daily showering.
“It can be harmful because the skin is densely populated with friendly bacteria,” he said.
As Dr Chris explained, friendly bacteria helps to maintain a healthy skin.
“Having a shower every day can remove friendly bacteria,” he warned.
Why is this a cause for concern?
Normally, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of friendly bacteria and other microorganisms.
“Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot,” explains Harvard Health.
This can trigger a number of complications.
One follows on from the skin becoming dry, irritated, or itchy.
Harvard Health explains: “Dry, cracked skin may allow bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin is supposed to provide, allowing skin infections and allergic reactions to occur.”