You can never be too clean, right? Well it turns out that might actually be wrong, according to experts in the field of hygiene.
So if you're a two-times-a-day shower-er, you may actually be overdoing the bathing situation. And even those who shower once a day (guilty as charged), this is also deemed too frequent. Who knew?!
As gross as it sounds (very), experts claim that we humans may only need to shower once or twice a week. Which sounds awful to me. But Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University School of Nursing, makes a good point:
"I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons," she told Time. "People think they're showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that's not the case."
Still, I wouldn't be keen on the idea of offending every human I came into contact with five days out of seven a week, because I'd decided not to clean myself (or more specifically, my hair). There's only so much a spray of deodorant and a spritz of dry shampoo can do, is there not?
But Dr. C. Brandon Mitchell, assistant professor of dermatology at George Washington University, insists our body's got this thing down.
"Your body is naturally a well-oiled machine. A daily shower isn't necessary," he said, adding that washing ourselves too frequently can actually strip our skin of its essential natural oils.
Apparently, while we believe we're protecting our body from bacterial infection through regular showering, the same effect can be had by simply washing our hands frequently. And actually, the very act of showering routinely could be increasing our chances of contracting illnesses.
Regularly washing yourself causes your skin to dry up, which un turn can open up gaps for germs to enter your system.
So there you have it; an extra half hour in bed it is every other morning, then.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.