Health & Fit Four words from dermatologists that’ll change your life: Stop showering every day
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I used to really like showering. I'd linger beneath the spout and luxuriate in the hot water, which helped wake me up in the morning and/or release all myafter a really long day. These moments let my mind come up with all sorts of that only occur when you're washing your body. These days, though? I'm over it.
Showering's annoying. It's just a whole ordeal. And guess what? Dermatologists back me up on this. You have expert-approved permission not to shower every single day. "It doesn't matter what time of year it is—your entire body does not need to be washed daily," says Rachel Nazarian, MD, board-certified dermatologist with. Controversial opinion maybe, but she's got backup—dermatologist , star of Well+Good's video series, says "you're fine to skip a shower day or two."
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Before you go carefree frolicking about while allowing your tub to collect dust—you still have to tend to the particularly pungent parts of your body so that you keep all of your friends. "All you need to do is clean the smelly parts," says Dr. Gohara. The parts in question are the usual suspects: your pits, your groin, and your feet, which Dr. Nazarian says harbor more bacteria than other areas. "I recommend those areas be washed daily with a gentle cleanser since they're really the primary areas that should be considered 'dirty,'" she says.
And fun fact: if you're washing your hair, it'll work double duty for your body, too. "Shampoo will actually wash the rest of your body passively—there's no need to take soap and specifically wash your arms, your legs, or your trunk," says Dr. Nazarian, who adds that using more soap on those areas will actually strip your skin's natural oils and dry them out.
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"It's certainly part of our culture to over-clean," she says. You may be wondering: What if I do a sweaty workout, though? "Working out or going to the gym doesn't actually change this," says Dr. Nazarian. "Sweating doesn't make you dirty." Just stick with cleaning those three bacteria-prone areas of your body, and you're good to go. (The only sporty scenario where she actually advises more cleansing is if you're doing something like wrestling or MMA, where you have skin-to-skin contact with others.) So, there have it—showering is overrated.
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That's what happens when you stop washing your hair every day1/1 SLIDES © Getty Images That's what happens when you stop washing your hair every day
To avoid damage the hair fiber,Enjoy an extra 30 minutes each morning and not to wash his hair more than twice a week. Unfortunately, many of us have taken the plunge to renew the operation every day. If that's your case, here's what you could win at too often.
The first benefit you'll be able to enjoy isLess Exposure to Chemicals or sleep earlier if you are at night. Between the shampoo, the conditioner, the rinse and the drying, washing her hair can quickly nibble a good half-hour on your schedule. If you calculate well, it will give you about 2.5 hours of extra free time per week. Not bad is not it ?
If you are not a fan of organic products, you are certainly aware that most of the hair care you use is shielded from chemicals such as silicone, sulfate or the paraben. Aggressive, irritating, allergenic, some are even suspected of being carcinogenic: by reducing their use, you will do good to your body, that's for sure.Healthier hair
Sebum is an oil naturally produced by the scalp, which helps hydrate the hair properly. But that's not all: it also makes it possible to manufacture an impermeable barrier called "hydrolipidic film" to protect the skin from germs. Essential fatty acids less and less present when one imposes on his hair a daily wash concentrated in chemical ingredients. So as not to disturb this process, we space shampoos.A more durable coloring
Whenever you wash your hair, your coloring disgorges and begins slowly but surely. To prevent it from getting the trunk too quickly, it is recommended not to abuse the shampoo and limit to only 2 washes a week maximum.
A germ expert explains exactly how gross it is not to shower after a flight .
The germiest place on a plane? The headrest."If it’s a short haul, you may not have to worry about it, as you'll have the same exposure as you might in an office building. But as the flights get longer, the microbes on your skin can grow and that can get a bit smelly," says Tetro. "If you do happen to pick up bacteria or fungi that’s not your own, this may lead to itchiness and bumps on the skin and scalp. Showering after flights is probably a good thing—regardless of the length!—if only to have that clean feel after being cooped up in a cabin.
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