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She Took No Showers For 2 Weeks And It Helped Her Skin

In a recent article, I talked about how skincare experts and doctors agree that you do not need to take a shower every day. Now there’s something more for me to follow this up with.

The Editor in Chief at Total Beauty, Jill Provost, decided to take a one month no-shower challenge. During this stint, she used a probiotic spray that helps balance the bad/good bacteria in your skin.

The theory: too many showers strip your skin of essential nutrients and good bacteria, sometimes contributing to flare-ups of inflammatory disorders like psoriasis and eczema.

Since the editor herself was prone to both aforementioned skin conditions, she decided to ditch showering for 30 long days. During this time, she deprived herself of makeup, deodorant and soap, but still allowed herself to use hand soap. She would spritz with the probiotic spray during the day, and used simple water to wash her face and underarms and groin regions.

While the month that followed was not without its “cosmetic” challenges, she did note that her skin conditions improved dramatically from lack of showering.

On the lack of showering she noted: “My armpits continue to radiate a dead-animal smell.”

As far as her skin healing, she said: “The adjustment period was brutal, but once my skin adjusted to not showering, I was shocked to learn that I don’t need soap — shampoo is another story. Water is all I needed to get perfectly clean.”

Experts say that showering too often can actually cause damage to your skin, especially if you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions or have sensitive skin. That’s because many of the harsh soaps strip the skin of not only dirt, grease, and grime, but also rob it of its natural nutrients, natural oils and the good bacteria too.

While it is a bit extreme to avoid showering for a month and to only use simple water and a probiotic spray, it is an interesting experiment. If you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions, it may be worth your while to try reducing your showering days during the week and to cut the out soaps and use them only when they are needed.

You can also look to natural cosmetics that don’t contain cheap fillers or preservatives, natural soaps that help moisturize, and natural deodorants like mineral salts.

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  1. Everyone is talking about putting different oils on their faces. What about pimples and black heads? Isn’t oil a cause of this? I’m 35 and still suffer from blemishes. I can’t imagine putting oil on my skin and what of my teens who also suffer from blemishes? Feel free to email me with comments or answers to this predicament. (No spam please) apainter2683@gmail.com

  2. yes! The hair can be an issue. I keep a bottle of witch hazel to freshen up the skin around the hairline, the base of the neck, and behind the ears on the days I skip showers (I put a couple drops of eucalyptus and tea tree oil in my witch hazel bottle for added freshness and antibacterial/antifungal benefits). To zap the oil on the scalp, dry shampoo spray (I don’t like bc of the chemical residue leaves in hair) or sprinkle baby powder with cornstarch (talc-free) right at the roots, massage in let sit a few min before blowdrying on low heat and combing it out! Voilà! Good as new!

  3. You can use Patchouli for deodorant take a cotton ball a few drops of Patchouli and debit under your arms works really good that would be Patchouli essential oil

    • As an original free thinker from the 60 ies, PATCHOULI makes me GAG! I am not alone…. It repels!! Plus it is Dab-it… not debit! and ‘works really GOOD’, is not English!

  4. You can use Patchouli for deodorant take a cotton ball a few drops of Patchouli and debit under your arms works really good

  5. OMG the French have been telling us this.for.decades!!
    I shower maybe once a week. I never use shampoo since it seems to turn my hair gray yet bar.soap.does.not and restores.natural.color.
    Deodorant is a no no to me because I am afraid of the long term effects of putting chemicals under my arms everyday.
    After a.short while odors are gone. And yes I look much younger than my actual age.

  6. Natural products are best! Peppermint, honey, etc

    OMG the French have been telling us this.for.decades!!
    I shower maybe once a week. I never use shampoo since it seems to turn my hair gray yet bar.soap.does.not and restores.natural.color.
    Deodorant is a no no to me because I am afraid of the long term effects of putting chemicals under my arms everyday.
    After a.short while odors are gone.

  7. I use baby wipes and avocado oil on my entire body. I also recently started shaving private areas and it has made a big difference in why I shower less often. I also use natural soaps like Black and oatmeal.

  8. Use Baking Soda and water to wash your under arm, groin area, cold water for your face and Body, if you can stand it.
    2 times a week shower ( cold water). use your hands to rub your Body.

    • Yeah I agree what seems to
      Feel good isn’t always good!
      It can contribute (talc) to so
      Many problems with your spine
      And your respiratory system
      And it can contribute to
      Urinary tract infections
      As well!

    • I use deluted mouth wash on private areas warm water rinses no soap on face ever.Cold cream and warm wash cloth on face. Soap makes you old fsst.

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