Going to the gym can get messy, so the simple solution to a hot, sweaty workout should be an immediate shower, right? Should that shower involve shaving? According to this online piece, you might want to think twice about it.
Many gyms provide disposable razors and shaving cream, so the gym shower pretty much encourages you to remove your body hair. But can we talk about the bacteria and fungus lurking in those communal showers?! Gross.
Think about it. When you’re shaving your legs, you’re exfoliating your skin. This means open pores from the shower water and potential nicks (we’re looking at you, ankle bones) where bacteria can fester. No, thanks.
But don’t fret just yet. One dermatologist explains that even though people are more exposed to different forms of bacteria in public places (i.e. the gym), if the space is clean and sterilized, there’s minimal risk. Her advice? Make sure you never reuse a blade or razor you left at the gym and don’t put your razor down in a public place, like a shower ledge.
Is shaving at the gym a risk you’re willing to take?