In the morning or evening? What is the best time to shower?


What is your favorite time to shower?

A lot of people have a shower preference; some want to shower after a long day of work, others want to shower in the morning to start the day fresh and clean. But is there a difference between the two? And is one better than the other?

Benefits of showering in the morning

Whether it’s better for you to shower in the morning or the evening, partially depends on your skin type. People with an oily skin type, would benefit from showering in the morning. This is because your skin pores fill up with oil and sebum during the night, causing you to wake up with oily skin. A shower could help you clean out the pores so you can start your day with fresh, clean skin.

Your day to day activities are also a factor in determining whether to shower in the morning or nighttime. When you have a productive day ahead of you, it can be beneficial to take a refreshing shower beforehand. This will cause your brain to enter a level of alertness which can improve your ability to think of ideas and solutions. The same alertness can also be beneficial when you have trouble waking up in the morning. By taking a cold shower, you ‘wake up’ faster and your metabolism will get a nice boost too. 

Benefits showering in the evening

For people with dry skin, it would be more beneficial to take a shower in the evening. If oil and sedum builds up in your pores during the night you don’t want to clean your skin in the morning, you want to keep that oily skin to fight the dryness of your skin during the day. Dermatologist Tanya Kormeili says that showering could affect the barrier of your skin. When you take a shower in the evening, you can give your dry skin a break during the day. 

Another determinant is your attachment to clean sheets. Sweat, sedum and the air around us causes our skin to get dirty during the day. When you take a shower before hitting the hay, you keep your sheets cleaner, meaning you would have to wash them less often. This is especially important when you like to workout at night, causing you to get more sweaty. And you don’t want your sheets to suffer when you jump into bed smelling like a gym. 


There isn’t really a ‘best’ time to shower. It all depends on your personal preference and circumstances. You might even switch it up when you have different things to do during the day. Of course, experimenting with your shower time is the only way to find out whether you are a morning- or an ‘evening-showerer’. 

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