By Esther Crain, Women's Health
So you're doing the wind-down during your pilates class, and a quick glance at the wall clock tells you you're gonna be late getting back to the office or meeting friends for dinner. You're tempted to shave several minutes off your locker-room time by skipping the showers--and the time-consuming blow-dry and makeup session you'll need before finally getting out of the gym. Is that totally gross--or can you get away with it?
The truth: If you're sweaty, it's better for your body if you make time for a little soap and water. And this isn't just out of concern for anyone who comes within smelling distance.
"It's not the smell of sweat that you have to worry about but the fact that perspiration left behind on your skin allows bacteria to proliferate, and that can lead to rashes and breakouts," explains Holly L. Phillips, M.D.,Read More »from Do You Really Need to Shower Post-Workout?