ISLAMABAD: You could be putting yourself at risk of skin conditions by washing too much. Experts reckon we only need to shower once or twice a week

The secret of eternal youth has been revealed.

Well, that’s if you believe what Vivienne Westwood has to say on the matter.

The 76-year-old eccentric fashion designer has revealed that her trick for staying young-looking is to only bathe once a week.

Now, we at Dave Desk aren’t sure about this at all – unless the idea is to stink so bad that no one will get close enough to really spot how many lines you have on your face.

“I just wash my bits and rush out in the morning,” the former punk icon explained, adding that when she does eventually get in the tub it’s usually still full of her partner Andreas’ used bath water.

And he’s gone on record as saying he only subjects himself to a soak once a MONTH – and we thought Pete Doherty always looked in dire need of a good scrub.

In light of these comments the late hell-raiser now looks as though you could have eaten your dinner off him – well, possibly fish and chips, provided it came wrapped in a newspaper buffer.

Viv and Andreas won’t mind if they’re on a water meter
That said, science dictates that Vivienne may indeed have point.

Over-washing can actually do more harm than good, purging the body of the natural oils it needs to protect the skin cells .
As a result a person can end up more susceptible to dry, flaky skin and even, in extreme cases, dermatological conditions such as eczema.

New shower fits in a tiny bag you can carry around with you for an emergency wash – and doesn’t cost the earth.

According to science, and provided you stick to keeping clean the parts that produce body odour, you can get away with the minimal all-over ablutions. US scientists are with Viv here arguing that you only need to shower once or twice a week. Infectious disease expert Elaine Larson told that washing your hands is good enough.