When it comes to personal hygiene, one might assume that women take it more seriously than their male counterparts. But is this really the case? How many women actually have a shower every day?
Not many, if the results of a new survey are to be believed. Skincare brand Flint + Flint quizzed more than 2,000 women aged 18 to 50 about their body washing habits and gathered some interesting findings.
Apparently, only one in five women in the UK actually take a daily shower, while a third reckon they can go three days before they need to hop into the cubicle.
When asked if they'd like to improve their personal hygiene habits, nine out of ten ladies said yes, but they blamed tiredness - both in the morning and the evening - for their failure so far.
Of course, the survey doesn't include any responses from men, so it could be that most of them aren't taking daily showers either.
If you're an every-morning-without-fail kind of person, you may screw up your nose at the idea of going more than 24 hours without washing with soap and water.
However, those who do leave it longer between showers might actually have the right idea.
In one of our recent blog posts, we told you that experts were in agreement about the health benefits of showering less often. Indeed, frequent washing can strip our skin of essential oils and good bacteria.
John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, told the Times that twice-weekly showering is enough to keep humans clean, provided we also use bidets.
But for many of us a shower is more than just a way to keep clean. If you have a powerful shower that delivers a lovely envelope of hot water, chances are you'll want to step into it every day anyway.