Can not showering every day actually be good for you?

Whether it's something you do when getting yourself ready for work in the morning, or winding down before going to bed in the evening, it's quite likely that having a shower is part of your daily routine.

However, new research indicates that reducing the amount of times you spend soaking under the showerhead every week could actually be beneficial to your health.

The revelation leaves us all in a bit of a quandry - after all, it was only recently that LateRooms revealed that the average person goes 111 days every year without washing, prompting the Mirror to refer to us all as a nation of "stinky Brits".

So, what are the facts?

Speaking to Buzzfeed, dermatologist Dr Ranella Hirsch said that over-indulging in the number of showers you take could be bad for your skin.

"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 noted.

It has been suggested that regularly washing could effectively remove the essential oils and good bacteria within our skin that helps to keep us healthy.

In an interview with the Times, professor of virology at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry John Oxford was inclined to agree.

The expert said showering twice a week would likely suffice when it comes to keeping us clean, so long as people also used a bidet, "as most infectious bugs hang around our lower halves".

Prof Oxford said that the purpose of showering had changed from hygienic reasons to grooming, whereas washing should primarily be aimed at reducing cross-infection.

Nevertheless, there's still an argument for showering regularly, especially in the summer months when you're more likely to feel hot and sweaty and will want to rinse everything away so you can feel more comfortable.

What do you think? Would this be enough for you to cut down on the amount of showers you take?

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