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The Right Way to Shower, According to Experts

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Too-frequent showering and shampooing can dry your skin and hair — as will many soaps
  • Personal care products with phthalates, parabens or triclosan should be avoided
  • People frequently overclean parts of their bodies while under-cleaning others
  • Water conservation can be part of your shower practices — helping the environment

Taking a daily shower is a fairly recent development for Americans. Just 100 years ago, many thought getting their whole body wet at once (instead of taking the sponge baths that were common then) would invite diseases like pneumonia and someone would "catch their death."

Nowadays, a long, hot shower is a daily ritual for Many Americans. Most soaps and personal care products have surfactants that, when combined with water, bind to oil and remove the beneficial fats called sebum that naturally protect your skin.

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