Anybody have any tips for hiding the fact that you haven't bathed in several days?
I've been incredibly busy/stressed over the last two weeks due to finals rapidly approaching, and one of the many things I have "not had time for" is bathing. To be honest, I showered today for the first time in about a week and a half. It started out with being too busy, but I decided to just keep it up for as long as I could as an experiment of sorts.
Now, I've messed around with using natural soap/no soap and whatnot, but this was the first time without even using water. I washed-out my armpits on Sunday, but other than that and using a natural deodorant (not antiperspirant) I've done nothing. It is more manageable than you would think at first.
Here's what I have learned from my experience:
The most obvious change for me is my hair; it almost seems to have gel/grease in it after about day 3. It just has a noticeable sheen and clumpiness that screams 'oily'. The first and second days without showering it looks the worst. One trick I found is to brush it for a few minutes with a fine comb or brush to work the oils through it. I find it ironic that this is what hair gels tell you to do when applying them. After about day five it was still obvious even after brushing that my hair was unwashed, though.
The second most obvious change is armpit stench. After a few days it doesn't matter how much deodorant I have on, I just stink. I even made a sweatshirt I was wearing over two other shirts stink just by wearing it for a few hours, lol. About the only 'trick' I learned was to get used to the smell and apply deodorant frequently. Luckily my sweatshirts kept the smell contained for the most part, but in the warmer months this wouldn't be the case.
One purely positive experience is that my skin seemed to be more healthy. I don't know if this is a result of not bathing, but I was sunbathing for about an hour midday on Monday without using sunscreen (getting some vit. D) and didn't burn at all. I was slightly rosy for about an hour, but it faded quickly. This was the first time this year, and I used to burn even with sunscreen on.
I guess the time savings is pretty big, too. Using less water is also never a bad thing.
If anyone has any tips to help me to appear 'clean' for a longer period of time it would be much appreciated.
edit: I just want to make sure that another 30 people don't skim the post and miss that I intentionally extended this as an experiment. I understand it takes 5 minutes to shower, I'm not an idiot. It is my personal belief, and highly Paleo-backed, that bathing every day or even more than once a week is highly unnatural and not good for you, especially if you must use heated chemically-treated water to do it.