The shower versus bath debate has been going on for a long time, and for now, the shower reigns supreme as America’s preferred method of getting clean. In a survey of 2,000 individuals, 90% said that they were most likely to take a shower over a bath. However, the best time to take a shower is also up for debate, and many are wondering whether it’s better to take a shower first thing in the morning or at night before bed. While there are advantages to doing either, taking a shower at the right time can benefit your skin. So which one is better for your complexion — morning or evening showers?

Morning Showers To Perk You Up And Get You Glowing

If you need to jumpstart your day upon waking up, then a quick shower in the morning may be just what you need to energize you for the day ahead. A shower in the morning may also help to make your skin look better as it gives it a fresh and healthy glow. In an interview with Glamour, Skin Laundry founder Yen Reis said that a morning shower can stimulate skin cells and that it’s best for those with oily, acne-prone, or combination skin.

A short blast of cool water should be sufficient to perk you up and improve your blood circulation—any longer than that and you risk drying out your skin. Dr. Lauren Ploch, who is certified with the American Academy of Dermatologists, advocates taking short showers for optimum skin health.

“For patients with atopic dermatitis and/or very dry skin, I recommend keeping showers to five minutes or less,” said Ploch to NBC News. The expert adds that people should keep showers active and that one shouldn’t stand under water for minutes at a time.

Nighttime Showers For Allover Cleansing

If a morning shower can make your complexion look radiant, a nighttime shower, in contrast, can make your skin feel better. Not only do you feel cleaner after washing away all the dirt and grime that have accumulated on your skin during the day, but an evening shower can be an integral part of a mindful bedtime routine. Also, skincare products work better if you start with perfectly clean skin, so a good scrub is a must before applying creams, lotions, toners, essences, and the like.

When taking a shower at night, the water should be warm, not overly hot, as it can exacerbate any pre-existing skin conditions. If it’s been a hot day or if you’ve been out and about during the day, give your skin a thorough cleansing with a gentle body scrub or a loofah. While it may be tempting to linger under the warm water, keep your evening shower short to avoid drying out your skin.

Caring For Your Skin After A Shower

No matter what time of day you choose to shower, it’s crucial to follow an aftershower skincare routine to maintain your skin’s health. Immediately after a shower, pat your skin dry and smooth on a moisturizing body lotion. Take care not to neglect your knees and elbows, which may need extra hydration after cleansing. Don’t forget to moisturize your face too—a lightweight one for daytime will work well even under makeup or sunscreen, while a richer formula may help to plump up your skin at night while you sleep.

A shower can be beneficial to your skin, whether taken in the morning or at night before bed. And yes, it’s alright to do both every day, depending on your routine and how active you’ve been throughout the day. Remember to keep showers short and temperatures mild, and moisturize afterwards for best results.


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