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Optimize Me

No Showers, No Soap, Perfect Skin? Meet the Bacteria Facial

The skin microbiome is having a moment

Optimize Me is an Elemental column exploring (and fact-checking) the weirdest self-improvement trends. It comes out every Tuesday.

DoDo you really need to shower every day or at all? And could showering actually be bad for your…

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Dana G Smith

Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental