Why You Need to Only Wash 3 Body Parts, According to a Study

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Some find that a shower in the morning serves as a way to freshen up and start the day, while others see a shower at night as a way to relax and unwind. However, science doesn’t agree with this practice. In fact, dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki, MD. recommends showering less regularly and only washing 3 body parts.

The Bright Side team gathered information about this science-approved bathing method to share with you how often you should shower and which are the only 3 body parts you need to wash.

Showering a lot may not be a good idea

Showering too frequently can do your skin more harm than good. For example, it can dry up your skin, especially if you use an abrasive substance or soap. Moreover, You can deplete the important oils, lipids, and bacteria that help your skin resist inflammation, maintain a smooth texture, and strengthen its protective barrier.

How often you should shower

According to Dr. Chris, ITV This Morning’s resident doctor, showering every day is bad for you since it washes off the friendly bacteria that live on the skin. Moreover, daily showers are not only bad for the skin but also for the hair. Dr. Angela Lamb believes that excessive shampooing can dry your hair out and dull its color. Hence, Many dermatologists recommend showering every other day, or 2 to 3 times per week, and Dr. Niket Sonpal MD says shampooing every other day or less is ideal.

1. You should prioritize the armpits

Washing your body from head to toe with soap and water can cause skin problems. However, it is crucial to maintain thorough hygiene in the underarm area. Dr. Sandy Skotnicki recommends a 3-step shower routine that includes washing your armpits instead of showering daily to avoid issues like eczema.

2. You should prioritize the groin

Another downfall of cleaning your entire body daily may be the problems caused by showering with water that contains salt and chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, and pesticides. Hence, cleaning the groin area and the other 2 body parts may suffice. Groins, like armpits, are more prone to ingrown hairs and fungus growth. To avoid infection, you need to wash this private body part daily.

3. You should prioritize the feet

Washing your feet is an important part of the dermatologist-recommended 3-step shower routine, as your feet accumulate dirt if you are barefoot and pile up bacteria-breeding moisture if you wear socks or shoes.

Have you ever tried the 3-body-part showering method? Would you ever consider it? Let us know in the comments.


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