Science Says Showering Daily Is Totally Unnecessary – The Recommended Number Is Actually Way Lower

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Some people love their daily shower. They say it wakes them up, makes them feel refreshed, and gets them squeaky clean.

I’m not one of those people.

If I didn’t work out that day and feel pretty clean, I’ll skip the shower at every opportunity. I hate the cold when you get out of the shower. I loathe shaving for what feels like an eternity. I can’t stand having my hair drip everywhere for the next two hours.

Turns out, I’m just as clean as you two-a-day shower lovers.

“I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons,” Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University School of Nursing, told Time. “People think they’re showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case.”

In fact, showering can actually make you less clean and more likely to get sick. You see, showering allows your skin to dry up, making you more susceptible to cracked skin and bacteria getting in your system. (But still be sure to wash your hands frequently.)

Additionally, Dr. C. Brandon Mitchell, assistant professor of dermatology at George Washington University, claims your body isn’t meant to get a rinse down daily.

“Your body is naturally a well-oiled machine. A daily shower isn’t necessary,” he said. Actually, washing ourselves too frequently can actually strip our skin of its essential natural oils.

Instead of showering every day, the scientists believe you’re good as long as you shower once or twice a week. I’d up that to a minimum of three or four times a week to keep your hair from getting greasy and your body odor under control, but I’m not expert.

The point is this: if you feel like staying in bed for another half hour tomorrow, go for it.

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