Let's Settle It: Should You Be Washing Your Legs? | Clozette

Ah, the internet! Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder, we get the news that people are actually debating about leg washing. And yes, we gathered that people actually have strong feelings about this. 

Leg-washing: Poll

poll created by Twitter user Conor Arpwel that asks the question received a total of 852,782 votes with 80 per cent saying 'yes' and the rest saying 'no'.

Leg-washing: Pro-side


And while the margin looks high — even Arpwel claims that he's also on the 'leg washer' side — it's still saying something considering that 20 per cent is still around 170,000 people. Interesting, right? 

The voice of the minority

The majority of voters claim that it shouldn't be up for debate as it is basic hygiene. However, those at the opposite end of the argument gave more than enough reasons to back their case. Some rely on practicality, saying that shampoo and soap make their way to the legs in the process anyway and the skin does have its ways of cleansing itself. 

Leg-washing: Skin self-cleaning


Others who also voted no say that leg-washing should be done occasionally (like if they got sweaty at the gym or are shaving) to avoid drying out their skin. Same goes for those with eczema, who supported the statement. 

But of course, the pro-leg-washing side of the story was quick to note that lotions and body oils exist to combat this very same concern. 

Leg-washing: Lotions & body oils


Science says...

Upon our research, we heard that a similar inquiry was done in 2017 and the proper authorities (a.k.a. dermatologists) have issued their say on the matter. According to this statement from Joshua Zeichner, M.D. Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, there's no need to directly wash your legs with a cleanser unless it got deliberately dirty. He said, "The cleanser that drips down your body is enough to remove most of the dirt and sweat that accumulates during the day."

Leg-washing: Scientific explanation

He also said that over-scrubbing or cleaning your legs, just like any other part of your body, can definitely lead to stripping the skin of its natural oils, destroying the skin barrier and even inflaming and irritating the skin. 

As for the discussion on lotions and body oils, it's quite a half-and-half situation. On one hand, those who don't shower daily have a bit more freedom to not use moisturising products on most of their body and just let their natural oils do their thing. But don't get us wrong. They are still recommended to do so for areas prone to easy chapping like elbows, knees, and heels. On a similar note, it is definitely advisable to wash your legs if you put any product on them to avoid clogging your hair follicles. Still, being gentle is key so no over-washing, soaping, or scrubbing. 

So which side of the leg-washing debate should you be on?

Now that we've seen the quips and the clapbacks, as well as the scientific proof, it's time to deliver our verdict. And it is safe to say that it's a tough call. At the end of the day, it's really up to you on what you consider hygienic, with skincare being a personal thing  — yes, even when it comes to leg-washing. Only you know how you go about your daily affairs and if you think your skin warrants a thorough (but gentle!) cleanse, then you do you. On the other hand, if you feel like too much cleansing is harming your skin and maybe even had a dermatologist advise a remedy, give that a follow. This has been a fun online debate that no one thought would blow up but hey, at least it's been educational, right? 

Still, to close this off, we guess you can forgive us for asking: which side are you on? 

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We know you’re all itching to set off to a relaxing weekend. But before your week ends, catch up on the fashion and beauty news that hit the headlines this week. From the red carpet event at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to a Kylie Skin product called out for being harmful to the skin — read all the latest bites here.

 The new Kylie Skin face scrub faces some serious backlash

Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub

Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub (Photo from: @kylieskin)

Following the success of Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner has revealed the launch of her new skincare line this week. Although they’re still not due to be released until 22 May, lots of beauty fans on Twitter are already calling out a product. It turns out, the Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub does some serious damage to the skin. The star ingredient is apparently too abrasive that it causes tears to your skin. Planning to try out her new range? Better pass up on this one just to be safe.

Celebrities grace the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2019

The Cannes Film Festival opened yet again with a star-studded red carpet event. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Selina Gomez, and Alessandra Ambrosio graced the French Riviera with their stunning looks. If you’re wondering what daylight glamour looks like, then the guests of the annual festival are whom you should refer to. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s first-ever skincare range is coming up

A jar of pineapple-based moisturiser used by Selena Gomez in the Cannes Film Festival 2019

Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème, SGD78/MYR237

Marc Jacobs Skincare is launching its first line next month. The range is spearheaded by Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème, which debuted at the recent MET Gala. You can get that #PineappleGlow when it’s finally released in all Sephora stores in Singapore and Malaysia on 20 June.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cancels its television broadcast

It’s been a tradition for some fashion fans around the globe to catch the star-studded show on their televisions every year. But this year, things are going to change. The annual spectacle of glitz and glam will no longer grace our screens. The company’s executives announced that after two decades, they’ll be re-thinking the format of their show. No one knows for sure what awaits us when the brand is re-born, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled.

MAC x Disney Aladdin is finally arriving in the Philippines

A makeup collection based on Disney's Aladdin

A whole new world is coming for Disney and makeup fans in the Philippines. This 22 May, all MAC stores in the country will be releasing the opulently packaged Disney’s Aladdin collection. The much-awaited collab will be featuring an array of playful matte and metallic shades that will take you for a magic makeup ride.

James Charles loses more than two million subscribers following Tati Westbrook's video

Drama ensued in the YouTube beauty community once again when Tati Westbrook posted a 45-minute video explaining why she’s cutting off James Charles. She says she felt “really used” and implied that the 19-year-old YouTuber has changed because of fame and money. Since Tati posted the video, other celebrities in the community like Jeffree Star has dished in on the issue. James has since responded with his tearful apology video, but the event still took a toll on his subscriber count.


(Cover photo from: @kylieskin)



Aging is an inevitable part of anyone’s life. While some dread the thought of it, others see the beauty in it — especially when you embrace it with grace and gratitude. But it does seem easier said than done. So we asked the help of two women who have embraced the new season in their life — Joyce Tan, a jeweller, and Natasha Goh, a realtor — to share their journey.

Natasha Goh on THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series

Armed with poise, wit and the newly improved THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Series — which contains 12 traditional herbs and vitalising ingredients-rich “Bo-yoon-dan” complex that penetrate deep into the skin to reveal radiance, restore balance and improve resilience — here’s what they have to say.

Natasha, 38

“I’m 38, and yes, am comfortable with my age. I sometimes forget how old I am. Over time, I have learned that life is transient. So we should learn to love life for all the imperfections; treasure the good whilst it lasts, and never despair, as bad times likewise aren’t forever.

To me, ageing gracefully is learning to take care of oneself without hopelessly clinging to lost youth, and taking care of your body and skin without unrealistic expectations of looking 21 again.

To ensure I enjoy as I age, I see to it that I cleanse my face thoroughly at the end of the day, preferably clearing off makeup from my skin as soon as possible. And I try to mask frequently.

On my vanity right now is the THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series. The products in the line — the Ultimate Rejuvenating Toner, Ultimate Rejuvenating Emulsion, Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum, Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Cream and Ultimate Rejuvenating Cream — hydrate my skin well and add a radiant glow even on days when I’m feeling tired.

I find the light ginseng scent comforting and invigorating at the same time; it’s familar to me and is something I associate with tonics and nourishing one’s body and skin.

I enjoy using the products in the morning as I find that they wake up my skin. The toner and serum are easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it feeling fresh and soft. The cream is quite rich so it’s perfect for locking in moisture after a deep hydrating mask.

This line would make the perfect gift for busy, tired mothers in need of a good pampering."

Joyce, 43

“I’m turning 44 this year and I’m perfectly comfortable talking about my age. I’ve learned so much from my experiences, but the one that’s close to my heart recently is that ‘the rainbow is just around the corner.’

As time goes by, I realised that aging gracefully is a state of mind. It means learning new things every day and staying curious. I read to learn about improving my skills as a jewellery maker and also actively go for courses to keep myself relevant. Talking about all sorts of stuff with my children and indulging their curious nature also help me age gracefully. When you have a keen and curious mind, you’ll never feel your age. That includes learning about how to take care of our physical self, too. So I enjoy experimenting with various types of workouts like spinning, pilates, HIIT and hiking.

Joyce Tan on THEFACESHOP Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series

I also make sure that I keep to a regular skincare routine of toner, serum, moisturiser and sunblock (for daytime). I apply a face mask three times a week.

Right now I’m liking THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series. I like the scent of the products as it is very calming and soothing. The Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Toner comes in a squirt bottle that is unlike the others I've used before. The squirt bottle makes it really easy to dispense the toner onto my cotton pad, which is a plus in my book. Its texture is also really more luxurious as compared to most other brands that I've used. 

The Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Cream is so generous in portion and I enjoy using it generously as well on my forehead lines aside from my undereyes. Some people don't like the fact that it's in a pot, stating hygiene reasons, but I've always preferred this packaging for eye cream and it allows me to take as much as I really need.

My favourite, however, is the Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum, which has a smooth finish that glides on the skin and has a refreshing blend of ginseng and floral scents, because of its efficacy. It's moisturising and my skin feels very soft upon application and even the next morning.

The products in the range are easy to use. The moisturiser is rather rich so I would use that only at night but it’s plumped up my skin nicely! I will continue to use the serum and recommend it to my friends.”

Get THEFACESHOP's Yehwadam Hwansaenggo Ultimate Rejuvenating series at THEFACESHOP outlets island-wide.