Any time you experience water exposure, you wash away the grime. But, good stuff like healthy bacteria and helpful oils get washed away as well. The longer you’re in contact with water, the greater the chance the good stuff gets washed off. Those with oily skin can take longer showers and baths. If you have dry skin, you should limit exposure to 5-10 minutes.
Long, warm showers can make you sleepy. Your body temperature drops when you leave the shower, signaling to your brain to get ready for bed. Beware the early morning luxury showering. Turning down the temperature a bit can prevent post-wash sleepiness.
You should shower as soon as possible after working out or sweating during outdoor activities. This can prevent breakouts and prickly heat. Exfoliate areas of friction and where you sweat the most. Wash off pollution from outdoor activities.
Use the best cleanser for your skin type. Sensitive skin is best treated with liquid body wash, since bar soap can contain harsher cleansers. Jojoba, shea butter or coconut oil help replace skin lipids that get washed away. A creamy body wash is good for dry skin. Shower gel works well for people with oily skin. Get a product that is sulfate-free.
When you've finished showering, pat yourself dry. Let your body cool before applying antiperspirant. It's best to apply it before bed.
Washing with soap and water works best on the go. Antibacterial gel works in a pinch, but it’s best to just wash your hands regularly. Wet hands first, add soap, lather while singing “Happy Birthday” and rinse. Keep your cell phone and surfaces clean to prevent breakouts. Carry hand cream to avoid cracked skin.
Listen as Dr. Jessica Wu joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share how to shower correctly.