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Photo: Naypong Studio (Shutterstock) Showering is one of the biggest uses of water in a typical residential home, according to the EPA. You don’t want to use too much water in your shower, but you do need more than a few minutes to get fully clean. So where is the balance? Shorter showers are good for your skin Dermatologists recommend keeping showers short. If you have skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, hot water can be irritating, and so can soaps and other products you use in the shower. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends keeping showers under 10 minutes if you have itchy skin, and if you have psoriasis, you may want to go further and limit showers to just five minutes. (Lukewarm water is better than hot, which will also help you save energy.) But you need to get clean A five-minute shower doesn’t mean you should stand under the showerhead for four minutes and then do a cursory lather in the last minute. Good hygiene is important; if you’re getting into the shower, make sure you’re washing what needs to be washed . That may mean taking a lot more than five minutes. Those of us with long hair may need to be in there 10 to 20 minutes to wash and condition properly, and comb out the tangles (a job best done while conditioner is in wet hair ), not to mention shaving our legs. Arguably some of these jobs can be done while the […]