"Wait for the stink." It's a proclamation that Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and even Jake Gyllenhaal all agree on when it comes to bathing habits. The conclusion, in short: the best time to shower is when "you can see the dirt," because, as Gyllenhaal so eloquently put it, he just finds "bathing to be less necessary, at times." Still, while the celebrity consensus is clear, anyone who has dedicated a precious 10 minutes of every morning to tub time is probably wondering: do I really need to shower as often as I have been?
Basic hygiene principles aside, that's a fair question - although its answer largely depends on a number of factors. "Under normal circumstances, showering every day is not necessary," said dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. Beyond your environment, celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau added, "What dirties the body most is oil secreted out through the pores, particularly on the back where shirts rub closest on the body. This creates an occlusiveness that traps in heat and increases oil secretion, which creates an odor. Then add in sweat, which adds salt to the body, and the skin can get 'dirty.'"
"Under normal circumstances, showering every day is not necessary."
Your specific skin type also plays a role: people with oily skin might need to rinse off more often than drier types, for example, as would those who tend to sweat more naturally. Still, you don't want to overwash in the same way you might be with your hands, as the combination of warm water and harsh soap can strip the skin of its essential oils.
Wonder no longer. We asked a handful of pros for their opinion on how frequently you should be showering, so you can pivot your energy to the next to-do of the day (like dissecting any non-bathing quotes from high-profile celebs on Instagram).