Back in the 4th grade, we had a special “health” class where she wheeled in the film projector, and loaded up a film… probably from the early 70′s. The film went over some of the changes us tweens would have to look forward to over the next ten years, you know, stuff like pimples, greasy hair, hair. Anyway, when the subject of personal hygiene came up, the film told us to bathe every other day.
The teacher stopped the projector. “Bathe EVERY DAY.” She said sternly, and somewhat disgusted.
To be honest, I can’t remember my personal hygiene routine at age 9, but one thing was clear, I had to bathe every. single. day. from here on out.
I hadn’t thought much about bathing or not bathing over the years I just did it, every day. When Hurricane Sandy hit, and Rocky and I were without hot water for four days, the first day was ok without bathing, I felt gross, but in light of the circumstances, it was fine. Day two: I felt really icky. Day three: I couldn’t bear myself, and just took a cold shower in an unheated apartment. Not a pleasant experience, but, it did feel great to be clean again.
Why skip the showers?
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article titled 6 Habits That May Be Hurting Rather Than Helping Your Skin, advice from Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Degeneres and Courtney Cox’s aesthetician, Mila Moursi, (who also has a skin care line that includes a $440 lifting serum) advises us to give our skin a break skipping the daily shower and taking a “French Bath” every now and then, and wash only you underarms/feet/you-know-whats, etc.
“If [your entire body is] showered daily, you’re stripping more oil than you should be. It takes forever to regain and produce those oils again,” says Moursi. ~Beautylish
Also, Refinery29 came out with a post that instructed us how to skip showers, with the N0-Shower Shower. Wondering if that was an April Fool’s joke, sponsored post, or I don’t even know, but it did have similar information to more sincere posts about the dangers of over-washing:
“Many people overbathe and wash too much of the natural oils from their skin,” Dana S. Simpler, M.D., an internist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, tells HealthySelf. “In fact, there is a medical condition called ‘Winter Itch’ for the dry, itchy rash some people get in the winter [from showering too often].” ~Self
The logic behind not bathing every day makes sense, after all, how many of us actually engage in truly dirty work? Me, the one who sits at a computer part of the day, and part of the day spends cuddling with a regularly bathed baby, can honestly say the filth I build up throughout the day wouldn’t require that 20-minute-almost-boiling-sccrubfest I usually call a shower.
Is not bathing everyday really that crazy?
I brought this up with a group of friends to gage their reaction to the idea of not showering. They all almost threw up, (not really, but kind of) and gave reasons why they absolutely needed to shower every day.
…it wasn’t sooo long ago people would almost throw up you talked about not washing your hair every day.
In reality, it wasn’t sooo long ago when people would almost throw up you talked about not washing your hair every day. Or twice a day if you went to the gym. I remember my hairstylist begging me to not wash my hair every day, as she rolled out a whole arsenal of options to keep my hair looking fresh and not-greasy (from expensive hair powder to corn starch). Nowadays? Some women with gorgeous locks talk about how they’ve gone down to washing their hair once a week. It’s totally normal not to wash your hair every day now. But it wasn’t always.
Perhaps it’s just a matter of having the right products? Can you imagine bath wipes? To add to our collection of diaper wipes, boogie wipes, hand wipes, makeup removing wipes, stain removing wipes for our clothes, what’s one more wipe? Maybe there will be a super gentle waterless refreshing creme like Vichy’s 3-in-1 cleanser. All I’m saying, is that there are enough product possibilities to make forgoing daily showers a marketer’s dream.
So, if skipping showers is one of Jennifer Aniston’s secrets to how she looks the same as she did twenty years ago… is it possible that the rest of us [albeit begrudgingly]might follow suit?