To bathe or not to bathe…

Welcome once again to Fandangos Provocative Question. where each week he poses a provocative question for our consideration.

This week he says:

I recently read that the actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, is among a small but growing group of celebrities who say they rarely take daily showers or baths. More and more, Gyllenhaal says, I find bathing to be less necessary. He believes that daily bathing strips the body of its natural, healthy oils and changes the biome of the skin. Other actors, like Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, and Brad Pitt, have apparently shunned daily bathing or using deodorant.

This piqued my curiosity, so I Googled daily hygiene and saw that some well respected dermatologists suggest that if you dont have a personal, essential need, like getting dust, grime, or germs cleared off, daily bathing can actually be detrimental to your skin.

One article I came across noted that when you shower daily, you dry out your skin, especially if you are scrubbing with an abrasive material or soap. Further, you can deplete the essential oils, lipids, and bacteria that help your skin fight off inflammation, maintain a smooth look, and reinforce its protective barrier.

Ive always showered daily, but after I told my wife what I read, she suggested, given the severe drought and water shortages we are experiencing in northern California, that it might be prudent for us consider cutting back to every other day, or even every third day to shower.

So with this in mind, my provocative question this week is this

Do you regularly shower or bathe daily? If not, how often do you shower or bathe? If you do shower or bathe daily, is there anything that might persuade you to do so less often?


I try to shower on most days. Unless I am feeling mentally unwell, I shower every day. If I am unwell it usually goes down to about 2 times a week, or even once a week if I am feeling extremely low.

I do think daily bathing is important, not only to feel clean, but also it feels invigorating when you come out of a warm shower, at least it does to me.

Plus, I find showers very soothing and calming. I love to just let the warm water run over my skin and stand there while it does.

Author: Carol anne

I am 40 years young. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

2 thoughts on “To bathe or not to bathe…”

  1. I do cold deprivation treatment everyday either iced bath or cold showers I have hot or warm shower maybe once or twice a week

    I have my head shaved so its even more vital for me to do it as it is easier to have clogged pores from sweat

    I shocked my system like awakening the senses also very good for your immune realistically you should only vigorously washed 2-3 times a week no more like shampoo and exfoliating.

    I also don’t wear deodorant instead use combo of coconut oil with peppermint oil or lemon balm something citrus

    As lots of deodorants are loaded with toxic chemicals and block your pores from releasing sweat which is vital to detoxifying the body

    Better to be educated than misinformed

    Would you agree mate ?

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