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Do You Wash Every Day?
Our Sci&Tech Editor reveals the good, the bad and the ugly of our daily washing habits.
Many surveys have been circulating recently, shocking the public on the issue of personal hygiene. Washing hands is an imperative for stopping diseases; many of us will recognise the NHS hand-washing poster, explaining the process with diagrams so that people of all abilities can understand the process. A nice easy reminder, right?
“62% of men and 40% of women do not wash their hands after using the toilet
The same firm also found that on average, there are 200 million bacteria per square inch on each hand of every person that goes to the toilet. Such a high number could be due to touching door handles or tissue dispensers where other people have not washed their hands previously. So washing efficiently means that this number could reduce!
So keeping hands clean after a trip to the loo is extremely important, but is showering your whole body a daily necessity? Could it actually be bad for us to be super-clean?
Another recent study by skincare range, Flint + Flint, found that in the 2,000 women surveyed, over half do not clean daily because the modern world stresses make them too tired. Additionally, one in three women have gone as long as three days without washing at all.
“one in three women have gone as long as three days without washing
In fact, showering really frequently can actually dry out and irritate skin, as it washes away all the naturally existing bacteria that do us good. This can then cause cracks in the skin, exacerbating conditions such as eczema and actually making you more prone to infection. If you were exposed to dirt and mud a lot as a baby, your skin will be less sensitive as you age, preventing allergies and illnesses.