How often do you shower?
Some are morning shower people, some prefer at night, some of us do both morning and night.
According to an infectious disease expert from Columbia University School of Nursing, if you fit into any of those categories, you are washing too much.
Dr Elaine Larson says once or twice a week is all you need.
“I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons,” said Larson, reports Public Eye. “People think they’re showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case.”
Larson’s research has shown that humans only need to shower one or twice a week to keep clean and prevent illness. Regular washing could actually open up gaps in the skin that lets in germs.
The older we get, the more reason there could be to follow her advice.
Frequent baths also make the skin dry and, especially as the skin thins with age, may increase the odds of infection and sickness, Larson said.
While you might need to step under a blast of water less often than you currently do, it doesn’t mean you need to lessen any other cleanliness habits though.
With less washing comes the importances of hand washing, to prevent illnesses and diseases, and clothes washing.
Clothing, which naturally rubs off and collects the dead cells and grime that the body accumulates, should be washed often, Larson advises.