The truth about showering

Dermatologist Jeanine Downie is here to tell you the right way to take a shower.
6:44 | 04/22/19

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took a shower this morning? Less than I expected. Okay, I'm sure all of you -- I'm sure you all think you washed your body correctly. Many of you are wrong. In fact, you may have been washing the wrong way your entire lives. Not to fear, we are here to set you straight in a new segment we call "Hit the curtain." "You've been doing it all wrong all along." But to help us break it all down is dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine Downie. Come on in. Hi, Sara. Hi, there. I'm going to hop in the shower. Yes, but before we go any further, we have a question we want to ask you. Kandi, you want to ask her -- Yes, we surveyed our audience and created a poll about everything from shower temperatures to what areas of your body need scrubbed. So, what areas of your body needs scrubs and what needs no scrubs? You saw what she did there. Yes, I did. We do want to take a poll. The first question we have for you -- what do you use to wash your body? Okay, a, hands, B, loofah, C, bar of soap. Let's look at the poll results. What did our audience say? Oh, okay. Can we add something to the poll. Who uses a washcloth? We had this conversation. I don't know if it's a cultural thing, but a lot of African-Americans use washcloths. I was schooled today by Kandi. And then, Dr. Jeanine confirmed it. What is the right answer here? Okay, the right answer is your hands. It's either your hands, because you wash all of the time. You don't have a lot of bacteria on your hands. Or you can use a washcloth that's the deal, because your hands don't have at lot of bacteria. Hands or washcloth. Bar of soap is not good enough. The loofah is the worst. It has all these different holes and different areas where it can trap bacteria. Warm, moist environment in the shower. If you swab it or culture it, you can have teeming scores of bacteria all over your body. You're never alone in your shower. You need to take this loofah, and -- can you catch? Get rid of it. Just get rid of it. Okay. Kandi, you got the next question. So, what do you use to shave your legs? Okay. A, soap. B, shaving cream. Or C, just the razor. What do you use? I use just soap and the razor. You need to use shaving cream, you need lubrication. Let's look at the poll and see what people said. Okay, okay. So, people got this question right. It's totally shaving cream. You should shave your legs with shaving cream. They have lubricant in them. The razor glides and slides better. You moisturize your legs. Much, much better for you. Soap alone is lubricant. It's not good enough. Soap is for washing your body. Okay, Ms. Washcloth? Just the razor alone is a thumbs-down. Okay. My patients have even cut themselves and needed stitches in my office. Too many accidents, not the thing to do. Question number three, do you scrub your feet with soap, a, yes, B, no? What was the other option? You can't -- you scrub your feet with soap, right? Yeah, with a washcloth. Back to that washcloth. Okay. Let's see the brave souls who admitted they don't wash their feet. Too close, people, too close. Okay, I don't believe you people. I think 50% of you guys -- I'm going to call you out -- 50% of you don't scrub your feet with soap, you just don't. I bet 100% of that 50 is men. Because I heard men describe it, the soap trickles down and washes it for me. Okay, wait. You need -- What kind of soap are using? You need to scrub your feet. You shower head to toe. Genitals and your butt last. Otherwise you can get bacteria in bad places and that could be unfortunate. Wait, I mean -- What are you scrubbing your butt with? I'm just sayin'. Wait, you saying your poop particles that -- You need to do that last. As long as you're washing your feet you're getting it in there. That's important. For those of you who have supersweaty feet that really smell, you can even use antiperspirant downtown there. You can do it with that. Absolutely. Just doing research for you people. Another question. What temperature do you make your shower? A, lukewarm. B, hot. C, piping hot. We're not a cup of tea, why would we put piping hot there? I say hot. What do you say, Kandi? I say hot. I say hot. Some people like it really hot. Let's see the poll. Oh, okay, so, again, you guys are wrong. Okay, hot is not the answer. I mean, hot dries out your skin. Strips the essential oils from your skin. It doesn't matter, Sara. It's not good for you and your baby. Don't do that. Piping hot -- we're not lobsters. It's really lukewarm. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. We need to be in harmony. We need to use lukewarm water and conserve water, Americans. We waste too much water. Earth day was this past weekend. Don't stay in the shower too long, use lukewarm water, conserve water.

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