Here's How Often You Should Actually Be Showering

Eh....

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Look, we can all agree that showers are a pleasure (and serious necessity) of life - nothing beats feeling squeaky clean and all wrapped up in a soft towel.

But we can also agree that sometimes the very thoughts of having to take a shower is too much to bear; knowing it's gonna be FREEZING when you step out, or just not being bothered to wash and dry your hair.

So, how often should we actually be hopping under the water in order to keep clean and smelling fresh?

Do we really need to shower every day?

Well, Professor Stephen Shumack, President of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, says you should only shower when you need to, and that daily showers often aren't needed.

Speaking to the Sunday Morning Herald, he said: “It's only in the last fifty to sixty years (since the advent of bathrooms with showers) that the idea of a daily shower has become commonplace. The pressure to do that is actually social pressure rather than actual need. It's become popular because of the social need to smell good. But it's only the glands in your armpit and groin that produce body odour. They're not all over the body.”

While dermatologist Monika G. Kiripolsky told Men's Health that if you don't "perspire much", showering every 2-3 days is actually grand.

Just remember to wash chest, armpits, and genitals at least once a day, she added. Sounds fair enough to us.

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