Wash­ing time

Should you shower in the morn­ing or at night?

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - This Week -

DO you shower as soon as you wake up, or just be­fore nod­ding off to sleep? While ev­ery­one has their rit­u­als and tra­di­tions, what ac­tu­ally are the ben­e­fits of AM ver­sus PM? We spoke to the ex­perts to find out how the time of day you wash can af­fect you.

Why you should shower in the morn­ing...

From a men­tal point of view, many of us far pre­fer show­er­ing in the morn­ing. It def­i­nitely has the power to jolt you awake and press the re­set but­ton for the day ahead.

Stud­ies show show­er­ing in the morn­ing does ac­tu­ally set you up for the day. If you turn the water cold for the last few min­utes of your wash, your metabolic rate will in­crease and your body will ef­fec­tively be shocked into ac­tion. It might not sound like the most pleas­ant start to the day, but it could make you more alert and re­duce fa­tigue.

Why you should shower in the evening...

Many of the skin ex­perts we spoke to agreed that show­er­ing in the evening was the best course of ac­tion. Con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr An­ton Alexan­droff, says: “Dur­ing the day­time peo­ple sweat, and sweat ir­ri­tates the skin so it is help­ful to wash it off and mois­turise your skin af­ter show­er­ing.”

Dr Eka­te­rina Burova, also a con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist, agrees and says: “From the skin health point of view, it is bet­ter to shower at night, not only be­cause skin will be cleansed from the sweat and dirt ac­quired dur­ing the day, but also be­cause, ac­cord­ing to re­search, in­tense ex­er­cise re­duces skin im­mu­nity and there­fore raises the risk of skin in­fec­tion.” You should shower twice a day... It makes sense that many der­ma­tol­o­gists rec­om­mend show­er­ing in the evening — af­ter all, you need to wipe away all the grime that builds up over the day.

How­ever, fa­cial­ist Jas­mina Vico firmly be­lieves in tak­ing two showers a day.

She’s pro the evening slot for many of the same rea­sons the other ex­perts give. “Af­ter a long work­ing day, we should en­ter our beds with a clean face and body,” she says. “It’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant for those liv­ing in cities, as our skin ab­sorbs pol­lu­tion, which means sleep­ing in dirt and grime if we don’t wash.” But she adds: “I firmly be­lieve we should still shower in the morn­ing, as bac­te­ria and se­bum pro­duc­tion in­crease overnight and the skin needs to be cleansed.”

Con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist and sleep spe­cial­ist Dr Olga Run­ciee thinks there are ben­e­fits in both the morn­ing and evening showers when it comes to your sleep.

Run­cie says: “In or­der to get to sleep bet­ter, our bod­ies usu­ally drop tem­per­a­ture by al­most one de­gree. So, if we have a hot shower in the evening, the body starts cool­ing. This re­duc­tion in tem­per­a­ture nat­u­rally cre­ates sleepy feel­ings and might help us to fall asleep.”

While a warm shower might help you fall asleep, the logic also works the other way around. Run­cie adds: “A cool shower in the morn­ing might have a stim­u­lat­ing ef­fect, and can help us to wake up.”

At the end of the day, most of the ex­perts agree there’s not a huge dif­fer­ence in when you de­cide to shower. It’s about know­ing the pros and cons, find­ing what’s right for you —and not for­get­ting to put on de­odor­ant af­ter­wards.

CLEAN LIV­ING: There’s not a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween show­er­ing in the morn­ing or evening.

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