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To bathe or not to bathe: that is the question fans are curious about when it comes to Hollywood’s elite. With millions of dollars earned over the course of their careers, one would think that celebrities are as clean as they look in public. That is certainly not the case for all famous people, as there have been plenty of reports of stinky stars on sets. Some celebrities have even admitted how rarely they bathe.

Are You Over-showering or Not Showering Enough?

According to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School in 2021, approximately two-thirds of Americans shower daily. Societal norms and the idea that showering daily is considered healthy. Additionally, people find it beneficial to shower on a daily basis to remove body odor, help wake up, and as part of their routine. However, it is unclear if a daily shower accomplishes much and may even be bad for your health and the environment.

With excessive washing and scrubbing under hot water, our body’s natural oils and “good bacteria” are removed. Showering in this manner can cause skin to be itchy, dry, and irritated. Cracked, dry skin may allow bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin, leading to skin infections and allergic reactions. Using antibacterial soaps upsets the balance of microorganisms on the skin. Our immune systems need a certain amount of stimulation by normal microorganisms, dirt, and other environmental exposures in order to create protective antibodies and “immune memory.” Additionally, the water supply we clean ourselves may contain salts, heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, and other chemicals that can cause problems, too. Also, the oils, perfumes, and other additives in shampoos, conditioners, and soaps can cause problems like allergic reactions.

Unless you are sweaty and dirty on a daily basis, whether it is from your job, working out, or naturally, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people. Showers should last around three to four minutes, with a focus on the armpits and groin.

Take a look below at which celebrities have questionable hygiene habits.

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