You’re Showering All Wrong
If you spend your spare time online, you’ll know it has been rather impossible to avoid various celebrities kicking up a stink (quite literally) about their bathing habits recently. Take Brad Pitt admitting he doesn’t shower daily or Mila Kunis ditching soap. Add to that the viral Twitter thread about whether you should wash your legs in the shower, and it seems pretty much everyone has an opinion on what’s hygienic and what’s not.
The thing is, cleansing has become a little confusing. Should you use a mitt, loofah, puff, flannel, sponge or your bare hands? What’s the optimum water temperature for washing your body, and should you shower every day? We enlisted two skincare experts to tell us where we might have been going wrong this entire time.
How often should you wash your body?
“How, and how often, you should wash your body is always a fascinating topic for my patients,” says Dr Rachel Nazarian of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Adult skin can be washed every day, but only if using these guidelines: short showers, lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser,” she says. “Aggressive, daily cleaning techniques will cause skin to break down, flaring atopic dermatitis, eczema, and often causing uncomfortable itchy, red skin.”
That said, Dr Nazarian believes daily washing isn’t a necessity. “Skin does not need to be washed daily, but given the amount of sweating, oil production, and dirt it accumulates for most adults, I wouldn’t recommend most people wash less than three times weekly.” Dr Nazarian cites that there are many people who don’t shower daily, but says a vast majority should wash three or more times a week.
Source : Refinery29 – You’re Showering All Wrong, According To A Dermatologist Edited By, Jacqueline Kilikita