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What happens when you take your bath everyday

This question has been asked by many. So many people consider bathing stressful and time wasting which make them skip it. 

Actually, bathing everyday isn't a must because it has been proven that when you bathe, you wash off some useful body oils the body produces. Our body is made up of sebaceous glands that produce sebum which lubricates our skin and protects it from moisture, desiccation, and the harmful sun rays. Sebum also lubricates hair and prevents it from becoming brittle in addition to some waterproof and bactericidal actions. Taking our bath is good but when it becomes too much, it may starve the body of the oils it needs to protect itself. It is also a personal decision and isn't mandatory.

Normal, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of "good" bacteria and other microorganisms. Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot. As a result, skin may become dry, irritated, or itchy. 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.

Antibacterial soaps can actually kill off normal bacteria. This upsets the balance of microorganisms on the skin and encourages the emergence of hardier, less friendly organisms that are more resistant to antibiotics.

Our immune systems need a certain amount of stimulation by normal microorganisms, dirt, and other environmental exposures in order to create protective antibodies and "immune memory." This is one reason why some pediatricians and dermatologists recommend against daily baths for kids. Frequent baths or showers throughout a lifetime may reduce the ability of the immune system to do its job.

And there could be other reasons to lose your enthusiasm for the daily shower: the water with which we clean ourselves may contain salts, heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, and other chemicals. It’s possible these may cause problems, too.

Taking one's bath is a matter of choice. If it works for you like me, keep doing it.

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