Q: Should I shower at night or in the morning?

Q: Should I shower at night or in the morning?

Pros and cons of the age-old question

Hi there,

Thanks for writing.

This is a tough question, largely because there’s no clear-cut answer or scientific evidence that tackles it definitively. Many of the variables involved are matters of personal preference. But here are some benefits for both scenarios that will help you make your decision.

Q: Should I shower at night or in the morning?

MORNING:

• Forget coffee. If you want to wake up in the morning, take a shower. There are few replacements for the jolt it can give you.

• Showering in the morning will leave your face clean for most of the day, which is especially helpful for those with oily skin. However, San Diego-based dermatologist Jeffrey Benabio, MD, recommends that most guys wash their face twice a day. “The morning wash will soften the hairs on your face enabling a smoother, closer shave,” he says. “And all men should wash their face at night to remove oil and dirt.”

• If you have to look your best in the morning—specifically in regards to your hair—it might be more beneficial you to shower then. Bed head can be hard to get rid of, especially if you have thick hair.

NIGHT:

• If you’re the kind of person that likes to sleep in, you can trim 30 minutes or so—which can seem like an hour in the morning—off your routine by showering at night. But hot showers should be taken more two hours before bed, according to The American Journal of Biology. The change in temperature can distrupt your body’s natural triggers that induce sleep. Also, check out the 5 Other Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making.

• Researchers in Finland have shown that bathing before you go to bed can improve your quality of sleep. Not only will be you be more rested, but you might even wake up better looking.

• Showering before hitting the hay will keep your sheets cleaner for longer. This might not seem like a huge benefit at first, but if you have acne or strong body odor, sleeping in clean sheets will improve your hygiene by reducing the amount of dirt and oil pressed against your skin.

• If you have issues with excessive sweating, showering at night might be the way to go. Some dermatologists argue that applying antiperspirant at night will allow the aluminum—the active ingredient in most antiperspirants—to seep into the skin more effectively. “There’s no scientific evidence to back this,” says Benabio, who consults for Dove Men+Care. “But I will say both antiperspirants and deodorants work best when applied to clean, dry skin.”

And if you’re choosing between body wash or a bar of soap, read this.

Hope this helps!

http://www.menshealth.com/grooming/ask-mh-shower-morning-vs-night?cid=OB-_-MH-_-TB

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