Everyone loves a hot shower, but research suggests our daily scrubbing regiments might be doing our bodies more harm than good. That stinks.

Stench be damned, a new study is showing you might be right to avoid taking a shower every day. While slathering your body with an arsenal of aromatic and soothing lotions and soaps might seem like a great idea (especially on the social-interactions front), combining that with scrub-a-dubbing under hot water might not be a great idea.

The University of Utah’s Genetic Science Center has recently published a study that indicates we are over-scrubbing; essentially, wiping out the protective field that makes up what is known as the body’s microbiome. It’s this microbiome and its accompanying microbes that help keep the body’s immune system and heart in good repair. A steamy shower is fantastic, but you know what else is kinda great? Breathing.

Story by Jay Moon