How often should you shower? The answer might surprise you!

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How often do you get in the shower? Experts have weighed in on the big shower debate and we were very surprised by what they said...

Having a shower in the morning to wash your hair or enjoying a relaxing bath in the evening to unwind after a busy day may be an essential part of your daily routine, but turns out we don't need to scrub up as much as we think.

According to Dr Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University School of Nursing, we only need to shower once or twice a week.

Surprised? Yup, us too.

She told Time: 'People think they're showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that's not the case.'

And over-bathing may actually cause some skin issues, as you're stripping away healthy oils and good bacteria your skin needs to stay healthy.

Dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch also told Buzzfeed: 'We overbathe in this country and that's really important to realise. A lot of the reason we do it is because of societal norms,' she says.

But even though this news may seem odd to some people, it might actually be old news for others.

A recent study by skincare brand Flint Plus Flint has shown that just 1 in 5 women shower every single day - and a third can go up to the three days without jumping in the shower or bath!

The survey, which covered more than 2,000 women aged 18-50, also revealed that 1/3 of women go to bed in their make-up, and 1 in 8 don't brush their teeth before bed.

The majority of women surveyed blamed their minimal routines on lack of sleep, with 89% saying they would improve their daily rituals if they weren't so tired.

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That is disgusting I guarantee it is not dark skin women that go without bathing


what a loaded statement. have you not heard of having a wash that is not a shower?

Linda Pollock

Most doctors agree that it's a BAD thing to shower every day as it dries out the skin and washes away the natural oils your body needs. Please don't describe people as 'dirty' if they only shower once every two or three days.

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