NOCERA TERINESE, CALABRIA, ITALY - APRIL 7: (EDITOR'S NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT) A Vattiente uses rosemary to stop the bleeding, after beating his legs with glass, Nocera Terinese, Italy, April 7, 2012. The Rite of the Vattienti, which dates back to the 13th century, is performed during the annual Holy Week, and involves local people enduring pain and suffering of religious sacrifice in the name of spiritual cleansing. (Photo by Dario Mitidieri/Getty Images)
Health - Wellness
What Happens To Your Body When You Don't Wash Your Legs
Showering is part of our regular personal hygiene care, and when it comes to cleaning our bodies, some experts say that washing our legs in the shower is unnecessary. According to them, the trickle-down of soap and water are enough to keep the legs clean and, thus, make you clean all over.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, recommends washing legs only when they are "visibly soiled," since washing and exfoliating too much can dry and irritate the skin. He says the soap and water drip down is enough to clean most daily dirt and sweat buildup.
Dr. Michele Farber, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group, says that sometimes not scrubbing is better for sensitive skin, but adds that you do need to wash your legs if you have any cuts, are active, or sweat frequently. Regarding shaving, Dr. Vinod Nambudiri, a dermatologist with HCA Healthcare, recommends rinsing legs first, so the hair and skin are thoroughly soft and rinsed.