Everyone kind of freaked out after hearing Naya Rivera say that showering every day is “such a white people thing.” Whether or not you thought her comments were funny isn’t important, what is important is that no matter what your skin color is, showering too much can have negative effect on your body.
To start off, Americans in general are definitely over cleaning themselves. “We overbathe in this country and that’s really important to realize,” Boston Dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told BuzzFeed. “A lot of the reason we do it is because of societal norms.” According to Hirsch and Dr. Joshua Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, showering every day can irritate our skin, wash away good bacteria, and essentially can put you at higher risk of infection do to the increase in cracked skin.
Apparently, we can get away with showering every two or three days. But for some of us that tend to hit the gym hard or are just generally grossed out by the public transportation we have to take, there is a way to make yourself feel so fresh and so clean, clean. You can simply use a washcloth to clean, erm, those problem areas like your underarms, face, genitals, etc.
Of course, keep in mind that you shouldn’t go too long without showering. Dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger told Yahoo! that going without a quick dip for too long can also lead to infection — you know the kind we’re talking about. So, what does all of this mean? It means that you can probably get away with showering every day by keeping your showers under seven minutes and only scrubbing those problem areas we mentioned above. It also means that you can probably get away with showering every other day, so long as you, again, keep those nether regions fresh with a quick cleaning session.
And as far as Naya River’s comments, all we have to say is: girl…