Babies can be let off the hook, though. They aren’t very active, so once or twice a week is fine. Their skin is too sensitive for much more.
We didn’t really start doing it regularly until clean water was available because, before then, what was the point of showering in dirty water.
But to be clear, showering every day doesn’t mean you should wash your hair every day. Overwashing can leave it dry and brittle. Dry shampoos are okay, though.
Simply put, good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria off our bodies.
But the good bacteria needs help in the form of soaps and showers. When you skip a shower, you’re still getting dirty even if you’re not sweating. Touching things over the course of the day can get bad bacteria everywhere.
You can’t contain the bad bacteria if you don’t shower. And if they find their way to your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can get sick.
This can lead to as many as 30 bad smells.
It’s not really a health issue until it gets too severe, but it’s clearly a social issue. If you stink, people are going to judge you and possibly avoid you.
Dermatologists suggest that if you must skip a shower, make sure you treat your armpits, groin, and face some other way, since they’re breeding grounds for bacteria.