I shower once a week and hit the major areas everyday. I have very dry skin and showering makes me flake if to do it more often. I am 55 and have been doing it since my doctor told me to back 30 years ago. Never had any complaint of body odor. (and over the years I have worked with people that I KNOW would have told me if they smelled me)
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kind a personal question but I'll answer anyway. everyday.
I shower pretty much every day! I wash my hair 1-2 times a week depending how my scalp feels, I colour my hair so the less I shampoo the better it is for me! I would like to shower every other day but my skin screams for me to shower every day pretty much so I listen~
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Like a previous poster, I have psoriasis. I shower every other day most of the time. But, in the hottest days of summer or after sweaty exercise shower more often. I love to take a refreshing cool shower on a summer day. I am a big fan of long, hot detox baths in the winter. I have to really moisturize after those because of the psoriasis but it is so worth it for the warmth and relaxation..
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Ha! This is funny because my fiance thinks it's weird that I don't always shower everyday. It really depends on what I did that day otherwise I get seriously dry skin, even with lotioning. Right now because I have beefed up the workouts it's everyday, but I would prefer every other day. It's at least daily for my fiance (unless it's the weekend and he doesn't leave the house that day). On non-shower days I do what my mom called sink baths....soap up those "trouble" areas lol...pits, crack, etc
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Depends on what I've been doing. Once a day if high activity, workout or before yoga session.. Every other day, usually in winter, when my hair and skin get dry.
I have oily hair so really need to shower/shampoo every day, but I've found plain old coconut oil to be an outstanding moisturizer. No more itchy, dry skin - it's non-irritating, wonderfully soothing, and has worked like a charm for me.
I suspect there are lots of individual differences where this is concerned, though - all acceptable, really.
I definitely wouldn't judge you as gross for not showering everyday. I do now, but let me tell you, when I was in college--in Manhattan (the Village, more precisely!)--it wasn't always a priority!
Besides, people have to do it all the time--like when we're flying internationally, we could be traveling for days' worth of time without a shower, all while being surrounded by all sorts of dirtiness from everywhere!
How often you need to shower depends enormously on where you live and what kind of activity you do. If you live where the air is dry and/or where the water is very hard, daily showers can be really, really hard on your skin and hair. If you're not perspiring a lot so you don't have issues with odor, then it might be *less* gross to shower less often. Showering daily in dry climates can give you flaky or chalky skin, dandruff, and so on.
I've lived in a variety of different climates. In humid places, perspiration and body moisture doesn't evaporate as well, so bacteria survive and can cause odors. In those places, I shower morning and night, and blow-dry my hair because it can take hours to dry, which is long enough for it to start to get a tiny bit funky. I live in the desert now, and even in hot weather, I shower at most once a day. Some days I just do a sponge bath (that way I get to feel good about water conservation at the same time I'm protecting my skin.)
I've known people who rely mostly on sponge baths and foot baths and only shower when they've actually gotten sweaty or dirty. None of them were smelly or gross. I've also known people who shower two or three times a day and *are* smelly and gross anyway. Showers aren't the only definition of hygiene.
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I shower at least twice a day....
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