Scientists at George Washington University’s Computational Biology Institute have delved into the world of microbiology, revealing a surprising advocate for optimal shower hygiene: the ‘Grandmother Method.’ In this study, the researchers explored the impact of our shower habits on the skin biome and the intricate ecosystem of microorganisms on our skin.
The Skin’s Ecosystem
The skin biome, consisting of countless tiny microorganisms, plays a crucial role in maintaining our health. These microorganisms require proper care. The researchers aimed to investigate variations across different skin areas, comparing commonly cleaned regions with often-neglected spots like behind the ears, between the toes, and the belly button.
Mrs. Crandall, grandma to Keith Crandall, the director of the Computational Biology Institute, was the inspiration behind the ‘Grandmother Method,’ imparting timeless wisdom by stating that the ideal shower includes these areas in your scrubbing routine. This advice laid the foundation for the study’s hypothesis that areas requiring conscious cleaning would host different bacteria due to neglect during showers.
Behind the Ears, Between the Toes, and the Belly Button
The study involved 129 students, collecting samples from well-tended areas like forearms and calves, and from overlooked spots like the navel. By sequencing the DNA in these samples, the researchers aimed to compare the microbial diversity between diligently cleaned regions and those requiring intentional attention.
The results validated Grandma Crandall’s advice, revealing that properly cleaned areas exhibited a more diverse biome, potentially harboring a healthier set of microbes compared to the neglected regions.
DNA Sequencing, Shower Habits, and Healthy Microbiomes
The research, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, highlighted that gender, ethnicity, and age showed no significant impact on the skin biome. However, within skin regions, bacterial diversity varied, indicating that skin bacterial stability might be region and subject-dependent.
While a good microbiome contributes to healthy skin, the researchers emphasize the need for further investigation into the intricacies of skin microbiology. The key takeaway is that you should clean every nook and cranny of your body in the shower for a well-balanced and thriving skin biome!
While most of California is soaking in the sun in the open, the Duchess of Sussex was captured wearing a coat along with a scarf. Meghan Markle was wearing a Max Mara camel-colored coat and a blue Hermes cashmere scarf wrapped around her neck. With white jeans and a cream-colored knit top underneath, Meghan’s outfit looked simple yet stunning.
Apart from her casual look, Meghan Markle also had accessories like a white Goyard tote bag, a black and gold Givenchy belt, along with white pearl earrings and various silver rings on her hands. She was also wearing a very notable NuCalm bio-signal processing disc on her wrist, which is kind of like a Fitbit. The band actually helps accelerate the relaxation response, increases the depth of the experience, and prolongs the physiological impact of Rescue, PowerNap, and FlowState. There’s an obvious possibility that the duchess was just cold and wore a coat in the summer of California, or there could be an unknown reason that no one knows about!
Other Looks by Meghan Markle
While Meghan Markle’s coat look is going viral and everyone is wondering about it, Markle has stepped outside and enjoyed various fun outings this August. Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were photographed celebrating her birthday at Tre Lune, and she was looking stunning as usual in a strapless black and white striped dress from Posse with strappy black sandals. She pulled off another look when she attended Taylor Swift’s concert at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and was seen singing and enjoying the show just like everybody else. While no pictures are available online as to whether Meghan Markle really attended the concert, many people have confirmed that she did attend it and even sang along to her favorite track, “You Belong With Me” enthusiastically like a true fan!