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Celebrity showering habits recently made headlines with stars admitting they do not bathe themselves or their kids daily, with others saying they shower multiple times each day. The Doctors call on skin expert and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra to weigh in.
Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Nita Landry say they worry about people who not are showering daily and what might be accumulating on their bedding, noting that skin is "constantly turning over" and dead skin is meant to be clean off or exfoliated in order for good and healthy skin to replace it.
When it comes to waiting to see the dirt on your children before bathing them, Dr. Batra says, "Absolutely not," explaining kids are constantly being exposed to other kids (who might be dirty), along with bacteria and viruses. She recommends that kids take a "not too long, and not too hot" shower or bath each day. She also suggests using scent-free and dye-free soap bath products.
When it comes to bar soap or liquid soap, Dr. Batra notes she prefers using liquid soap, as bar soap can strip the outer lipid layer on the skin. The dermatologist also says to use a loofah or washcloth "only 2 or 3 times a week" in order to avoid tearing the skin. Also, if these items begin to stain or smell, throw them out, as they can be breeding grounds for bacteria.
More showering tips from The Doctors - keep it 10 minutes or under to avoid removing the skin's oils and moisture and avoid taking too hot or too cold showers, as this can cause skin irritation and inflammation. They say the ideal temperature is lukewarm.
Just how shower-savvy are you? Take our shower IQ test with The Doctors in the video below and find out the answers to these shower questions:
- Should you face the shower nozzle when showering?
- Should you wash your hair first?
- Should you shave in the opposite direction of hair growth?