Why You Need to Only Wash 3 Body Parts, According to a Study
Some people like to take a morning shower to feel fresh and ready for the day, while others prefer a night shower to relax. But according to dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki, MD, it’s better to shower less often and only wash three parts of your body.
Taking many showers might not be a good plan.
Taking lots of showers can actually hurt your skin. For instance, it might dry out your skin, especially if you use harsh soap. Plus, you could remove the important oils, fats, and bacteria that help your skin stay healthy, smooth, and protected from inflammation.
How much you should shower
Dr. Chris, the doctor on ITV’s This Morning, says that showering every day isn’t good because it washes away the friendly bacteria on your skin. Not only is daily showering bad for your skin, but it’s also not great for your hair. Dr. Angela Lamb thinks washing your hair too much can make it dry and lose its color. That’s why many skin doctors suggest showering every other day or 2 to 3 times a week, and Dr. Niket Sonpal MD says it’s best to shampoo every other day or even less.
1. You should clean the armpits
Cleaning your whole body with soap and water can lead to skin issues. But, it’s important to keep your underarms clean. Dr. Sandy Skotnicki suggests a simple 3-step shower routine that includes washing your armpits instead of showering every day to prevent problems like eczema.
2. Make sure to clean your private area.
Cleaning your whole body every day might not be good because water with salt and chemicals, like chlorine, fluoride, and pesticides, can cause problems. So, focusing on cleaning your private area and the other 2 body parts could be enough. Just like armpits, the groin area is more likely to get ingrown hairs and fungus. To prevent infection, it’s important to wash this private body part every day.
3. Make sure to give your feet special attention.
Cleaning your feet is a key step in the 3-step shower routine recommended by dermatologists. Your feet gather dirt when you go barefoot and trap moisture that breeds bacteria when you wear socks or shoes.
As we delve into the intriguing science behind selective body part washing, it’s time to challenge not just our hygiene routines but also the myths that have shaped our understanding of health. Stay tuned for our next exploration where we debunk 10 long-standing myths that might just revolutionize the way you approach wellness.