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Taking a shower daily will NOT protect you from illness, says science

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YOU may think having a shower everyday makes you feel more clean but it turns out, it’s more harmful than you think. According to Dr Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert from Columbia University School of Nursing, you only need to shower once or twice a week.

She told Time: “People think they’re showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case.”  “Bathing will remove odour if you’re stinky or have been to the gym. But in terms of protecting you from illness, washing your hands regularly is probably adequate.’

Also all that hot shower and lather causes your skin to crack which in turn traps bacteria in. Dr. C. Brandon Mitchell, assistant professor of dermatology at George Washington University, advises those who shower daily to just wash essentials and not your whole body.

“Hit your pits, butt and groin, which are the areas that produce strong-smelling secretions,” he said. “The rest of your body doesn’t need much soaping.”

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