Whether you prefer a quick morning shower or a luxurious pre-bedtime soak, chances are your shower routine is so established that you haven’t put much thought into it in years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper personal hygiene is the one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy. So, in the shower, it’s important to make sure you’re not just going through the motions – but really getting good and clean.
To help you scrub up on the right way to take a shower, we rounded up the latest dermatologist tips and research.
Bathe most days
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that kids over age 11 start showering or bathing every day. For younger kids, a couple times a week is usually enough unless they’re sweaty, dirty or have been playing in a pool, lake or ocean.
Two to three showers a week may be enough for many adults – but, if that’s not quite enough for you, that’s all good, too. Showering every day doesn’t appear to make skin dry or itchy.
Wash hair less frequently
Most people can wash their hair less often than they bathe. How often you wash should be determined by your hair type and texture.
Hair naturally gets dryer with age, so many adults can wash their hair less often than teens. However, an oily feeling and flakes are signs it’s time to shampoo. Wash your hair by gently massaging shampoo on the scalp. Follow up by using conditioner on the entire length of your hair.