We typically choose our shower time based on convenience (when we know we don’t want to wake up early enough to shower in the morning, we do it at night) or necessity (when we have a tough morning workout planned, we save our shower until after that sweat session). But a recent article from Yahoo Health has us rethinking our strategy. It spoke to a range of health experts, pitting morning showers against evening showers to see which one is the superior method. And while one is better than the other, it’s not quite that cut and dried. The one that’s better depends entirely on you—your hair, skin, body, and lifestyle.
Ask yourself the three questions below to find out if you should be showering at night or in the morning!
If you have oily skin, you probably wash your face in the morning regardless of whether you’re showering. But not everyone likes to wash their face twice a day. If you have dry skin, hopping into a hot shower in the morning may strip your skin of necessary moisture. Our editor prefers to skip the morning wash and rinse in favor of a pass with a cotton ball saturated with Simple Skincare’s Cleansing Micellar Water ($7).
For some, a warm shower at the end of the day is just the relaxing stress-reliever the doctor ordered. But there’s no denying the fact that stepping into a stream of water gives you a jolt. More than that, though, showering at night can raise your body temperature at a time when it should be dropping to prepare your body for sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, showering at night probably isn’t helping the situation. Or if you sleep just fine but struggle to keep your eyes open in the a.m., a morning shower might help the cause.
This one is fairly obvious, but if you come home at the end of the day feeling dirty, you’ll probably want to shower at night. But it’s more than being active during the day or working outdoors; if you work around young children or in a germy environment like a hospital, a nighttime shower will do you good. However, for some, starting the day clean may be more important than ending it that way.
Did your answers to these questions give you a clear winner—morning or night? If so, tell us which one below! (Morning trumps night for us.) If not, head over Yahoo Health for more details on the matter.