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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. dude if your not in tune with this discussion leave it!
    if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all, Thumper!!

  2. 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

    • Cynthea Carrington

      Oil is not the cause of acne. It’s caused by a bacteria called P. Acnes. It lives on our skin as a quite normal part of our “biosphere”. Sometimes though, it gets out of hand. Many people who think they have oily skin are actually making matters worse by excessive washing, stripping the natural oils from skin, and then not replacing with apprpriate moisturization. The skin compensates (overcompensates) for this dryness by over producing oil.

      Remember that not all oils are heavy oily feeling oils that are going to sit on top of the skin. However, for acne prone teens and adults, if recommend gentle cleaners that do not strip the skin followed by a treatment like salicylic acid and then an apprpriate water based moisturizer

    • Chances are you break out for 1 of 2 reasons. First its either what you are outting in your body that is coming out through your pores and thats your body saying it doesnt lime whatever it is you are tsking or puting in your body however you may do it OR… you suffer as I do from a different type of combination skin. Not where its oily here and dry there so mu h as oily on the surface and dry deeper down where it counts. In that case here us whar you do to clear up your issue. Every night b4 bed take a makeup remover wipe and clean your face compmetely with the towelettes. Whether or not you are make or female, whethere yoy wear makeup or not, this is a must and everynight before bed. Next get a light moisturizing cream. One that if you put it in your hands and rub it in doesnt leave an oily residue. Water based face cream is fine. Believe it or not, some of your cgeaper creams are the best for this situation. You can also find the wipes at your local dollar store.
      Apply a layer of tge cream before going to bed after ckeaning your face. Also if you wear makeup, be sure to apply it before your makeup as well. If you do this regularly, you will find your face clears up and your skin will look amazing in no time at all. In two weeks alone you wont believe the difference. Again, the cheaper the better. Its repeating it nightly and sticking to it that makes the difference. Dont skip a day or night. You wont regret it.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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