In the pursuit of being right (so sue me), I sought the advice of dermatologists to see what the professional-recommended amount of shower product is. The good news (at least, for me): A "less is more" approach is the smart way to go.
"Use [enough body wash] until there's good, visible lather over the body," says Robert Anolik, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "The amount is a variable based on the size of your body." For a more specific, measurable amount though, he suggests a shot glass full of your body product—"Just like the volume of sunscreen you should put on your body when headed to the beach."
Connecticut-based dermatologist Mona Gohara also errs on the conservative side when it comes to your head-to-toe cleansing regimen. When using a body wash or foam, she suggests using only "enough to fill your palm."
If you're working with a bar of soap, though, it's probably easiest to just follow Dr. Anolik's advice of using enough to lather with. Whichever way you go though, if you're following derm's orders, you won't need to replace your shower products once a month like I do (thanks to an over-user, cough-cough). In the event you do run out, you can use shampoo as body wash, albeit temporarily.
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