How do you NOT wash your legs in the shower though?
There are many decisions women have to make on a daily basis and when it comes to a woman and her body, there’s much debate over what should or shouldn’t be done or what is best for women overall. And there’s enough “research” up all the claims. I’m over hearing what’s been “clinically proven”, thank you. But of all the questions, raise your hand if you knew that choosing between washing or not washing your legs was even an option? Well according to Joshua Zeichner, M.D. and Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, washing your legs actually isn’t necessary.
“Unless your legs are visibly soiled, you don’t actually need to wash them directly with a cleanser. The cleanser that drips down your body is enough to remove most of the dirt and sweat that accumulates during the day.”
– Joshua Zeichner, M.D.
Yea, so come again? First of all, what does “visibly soiled” look like? It’s not like your ‘stop, drop and rollin’ in a heap of mud on a daily basis but just in the normal day-to-day routines of getting kids to school, making it just in time for the 9 AM yoga session, and running to Target for your weekly pickups, you may not necessarily be “visibly soiled” but girlfriend, you.are.dirty and you need a little scrub. The cleanser trickle-down just simply isn’t going to cut it.
Dr. Zeichner explains the negative effects of washing your legs too much, “Over-washing or over-scrubbing the legs, just like with any other part of the body, can strip the skin of essential oils and lead to skin-barrier disruption and inflammation,” he says. So if you still feel the need to wash your legs, do so gently.”
While I can understand his point, similar to what a lot of us hear with over washing hair, for instance, it’s nothing that a little lather of some lotion or our own essential oils can’t fix. I’d much rather be ashy and stripped of natural oils on my legs than walking around with God knows what on my limbs because I chose to let the suds run south instead. Where’s my loofah?