Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dirty Secret

OK, I have a confession. (Things are about to get reeeeal up in here.)
I don't shower every day.
OK, I don't shower every other day either.
Sometimes I throw a bath in there on a quiet evening when one presents itself, but otherwise I don't get sudsy until it's been three days.
I know. O-M-G. Judge away.
But also, hear me out.
I don't stink. I don't run around with a bunch of stringy, greasy hair atop my head. I don't have dirt caked onto my skin. My face is usually pretty clear, my body skin is well-moisturized (but not dried out, either), and my hands get washed frequently throughout the day.
I just don't shower that often.
It's not because I am some lazy sloth woman who cannot fathom rising from my recliner to bathe in between PVR'd Breaking Amish episodes. (I know that show is trash, but I told you we were getting real). I just don't need to shower.
I came across this realization quite by accident, of course. I was very, very tired and felt queasy in a hot shower when I was first pregnant with the twins, so I let my hygiene habits slide. A little.
I was surprised that after a couple of weeks of this relaxed bathing schedule, my hair didn't get greasy between washes. I could go three, four days without washing it and it looked just fine.
Then I realized: Hey! I am not a farmer who needs to scrub dirt layers from her skin every evening. I am not a hyper-hormonal pubescent teen who feels a strong desire to shower twice daily to combat body odour. I am not actually scrubbing anything of note off of my skin when I shower every day. If anything, I had been drying my body's skin out in this northern, arid air. My face and hair too.
Today my skin is in great shape, I use less shampoo, conditioner, and soap (one squirt of each every three days), my razored-off leg hair grows back slower-- and this means I save money. (I wear my frugality badge with pride). I use less water, which I don't pay for by consumption but, still, it might balance out the load of cloth diapers I wash every two or three days instead. My hair retains its shine and colour, because it is not constantly being gooped-up with product and films.
So, there you have it. I exfoliate once a week-ish, I remove makeup and dirt from my face every night before I turn in with water and a baby wipe, I apply deodorant every morning and brush my teeth twice daily, but I no longer find it necessary to shower as often as I used to. Give it a try, I swear you'll be impressed with how your body reacts. Now think of the time you can save to use for other things, like watching Mafia Wives or Oprah's Next Chapter.

2 comments:

  1. I'm betting there are more people who do this than will publicly admit it. It's ridiculous how much we (as a society) shower. I have oily skin and oily hair, and still only need to shower once every 3 or 4 days. Probably the climate here helps extend the time, but still, you're right. Absolutely.

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  2. Good for you! I agree, most people probably do this but don't admit to it. I'm in the shower every other day camp, hair washing every 3 days. And I don't use soap on my face in the morning (what would I be washing off?), just a bit of apple cider vinegar and some coconut oil. My skin and hair are much nicer than they used to be, with this more lax approach!

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