Should you shower in the morning or at night?
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.