Anjali Mahto comments in The Independent on female washing habits survey

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“There isn’t any hard evidence regarding how frequently we need to wash,” said consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto, a British Skin Foundation spokeswoman. “Cleansing the skin, however, is important for… skin health and preventing disease. Soaps and body washes remove dirt from the environment, microbes and sebum [oils] from the surface of the skin.” Mind you, Queen Elizabeth I was said to bathe once a month “whether she needed it or not”, and if her face had ever fallen off you can bet we’d have a Booker-winning trilogy and a BBC adaptation about it quicker than you can say “skin-protecting polysaccharides and lipids”.

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