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Should you shower every day, like Dwayne Johnson? Here’s an expert take on showering.

‘The Rock’ says he showers not just once a day but three times. One thing to keep in mind is that hot showers aren’t the best for your skin, one expert says.

Dwayne Johnson likes to shower every morning to “get rollin’ with my day.”
Dwayne Johnson likes to shower every morning to “get rollin’ with my day.” But that’s just the start for “The Rock.”
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says that, unlike some celebrities who recently have said they shower less often, he’s multiple-showers-a-day kind of guy.

“I’m the opposite of a ‘not washing themselves’ celeb,” he tweeted.

The pro wrestler-turned-actor described his daily showering routine:

  • A cold shower “when I roll outta bed to get my day rollin. “
  • A warm shower “after my workout before work.”
  • A hot shower “after I get home from work.”

“I don’t take freezing showers in the morning, but it’s chilly and has a great ‘morning bite’ to wake me up, clear cobwebs and get rollin’ with my day,” Johnson tweeted.

Should you be adding cold showers to your own routine? Here’s what some experts say.

Hot showers aren’t the best for your skin, says Dr. Gordon Bae, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University.

“The effects of hot water on the skin can be a little bit negative in that they can strip away a lot of our protective oils and fats that is responsible for keeping our skin well moisturized as well as ensuring that our skin barrier is intact,” Bae says. “When cleaning dishes, you do want to get rid of all the grease and all the oils. But, when you’re cleaning your skin, if you get rid of too much of that, then that may lead to excess dryness.”

Those with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis risk worsening their conditions and increasing itching by taking hot showers.

Some studies have found correlations between cold showers and fewer sick days. Bae points to other benefits that include a decrease in inflammation and says some doctors ”think that it may possibly increase longevity and also increase fat loss by increasing your metabolism.”

Not everyone should go for the Polar Bear Plunge right away, though, Bae says.

“People who are elderly or people with pre-existing heart conditions may want to really think about doing that or at least consult their primary care doctors before doing that,” he says.

Johnson, 49, said he uses face wash and body wash and exfoliates during his showers.

Bae says the soap-and-exfoliant routine isn’t necessary multiple times a day. Most people don’t need to use body wash more than once a day, and exfoliating should be done even less than that, he says, because it can strip the skin of oils.

Teenagers probably need to wash more than people in their 40s or 50s, who tend to have drier skin.

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