3 Body Parts You Might Be Cleaning Too Much

September 15th 2016

Laura Donovan

Showering could be the best part of your day.

Stepping into a warm, steaming space feels like a dream come true before or after a long day. But there are some ways to overdo it.

That includes washing certain parts of the body too much.

To get the most out of your showers and even save some time here and there, here are some places that don't need the amount of washing that you might think.

1. Hair.

You may instinctively want to shampoo your hair every time you step into the shower, but this isn't usually necessary.

Depending on your hair type, washing your hair less than a handful of times per week is a smart way to go. Shampooing too frequently can zap your hair of natural elements that keep it healthy, Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, told Time magazine.

"With thick hair, you can wait a few days between washes," beauty expert Nick Stenson told InStyle. "I don't recommend washing more than every other day."

If you have fine hair, you should definitely follow this approach. "If we're talking normal, fine hair, shampooing three times a week is sufficient," celebrity hairstylist Abraham Sprinkle told InStyle. "Look for something that is light in conditioning, as any added weight can cause the hair to become lifeless."

2. Arms and legs.

Soaping your legs or arms can have a drying effect because these limbs don't typically produce a lot of oils, writer Sara Schwartz wrote.

“Minimize soaping to only the oily and odor-causing parts of your skin, such as your face, armpits, buttocks, groin, and feet,” advised dermatologist Cynthia Bailey to

3. The inside of your groin.

It's important to wash the groin for sanitary purposes, Bailey told But getting soap inside the genital area isn't the best idea.

"If you feel you really need to, use your surfactant-free soap on your groin and (for guys) testicles and (ladies) external labia. Then, whatever you do, ... keep that soap away from the areas where your outside turns into your inside," Leslie Turnbull wrote in The Week. "Both urologists and gynecologists agree; soap in these places is as unnecessary and potentially harmful as soap in the eye."

“For vaginal health up inside, you don’t need to do anything," OB-GYN Jennifer Gunter told BuzzFeed Life. "Leave it alone. It’s like a self-cleaning oven."