Experts say you may not need to shower everyday

Experts say you may not need to shower everyday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Some people take a shower several times a day, while others wait to wash and get in once a week. Experts say there is an ideal schedule to follow, and it doesn't include showering everyday.

"I mean, when I'm in college and I'm really stressed out and have exams, it's like every three days," said college student Clancy Hennigan. "I do it every day when I come home from school," said one 16-year-old girl in Central Park. Three of her friends chimed in that they also shower every day. And some people exceed the daily guideline. "I need to take a shower like two times a day," said Quinten Reaves, 13.

But experts said if you shower more than once a day, you are overdoing it. "Not a good idea," said Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer of New York Hospital Queens. "It really strips the skin of the protective oils and even some of the good bacteria that we have growing on skin." Segal-Maurer said if you don't have any medical issues, hitting the shower a few times a week is best.

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