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.
Really, showering is something that not everyone does on a daily basis. It's something that industrialized countries do moreso for social and aesthetic reasons, rather than health.
I don't know about adults, but I know that it is not recommended that infants be bathed everyday because it increases risk for asthma and also can lead to dry skin. If you're sweating a LOT, maybe drinking some ice-cold water might help. I don't think it would be harmful to shower less often, if you aren't working out vigorously everyday and work in a professional environment. It might help regulate your skin's self production of oils in the long run, since you talked about having better skin.
You're a student...you can get away with this. And who cares if you don't shower during finals week when you're probably hiding in the library with no social life anyway? I don't know about you, but when I was a student, this kind of behavior was normal, and people just wore the same outfits over again and showered less. Enjoy this precious time to be free before you enter the real world and have to look "neat" and wear stuff like khakis and pants with zippers and buttons (as opposed to sweatpants all the time).
Good luck on finals!
I guess my first thought, if I am being honest is - If you have time for PaleoHacks you have time for a shower. For that matter sleep 5 minutes less and have a hot water rinse. That's all I generally do anyways.
Edit - Since I suspect it's my comment that Killer and & Kash are alluding too I'll add -
You shouldn't ever smell bad. If you do, something is wrong and given our current population density you owe it to others to do something about it.
I do absolutely take issue with "No time" being the reason given, especially with the 3 active questions and 20+ recent answers on the OPs profile. It just strikes me as untrue.
Now let's say you hate showering and bathing. I do. I really dislike getting in the water, it bugs me. I shower 2x a week, I don't eat garlic or onions in quantity because I start getting more smelly. I don't use deodorant, shampoo, cologne or soap. My 2x a week is a really brisk scrub under hot water. I time them so they are on the days I workout and I add a rinse any day I get especially hot and sweaty. I'm also 33 years old and can tell you if I did this in my teens or early 20's I would have stunk.
So to be fair -
Avoid/limit sulfur foods.
Anti-bacterial things will cause the bacteria on your skin to change (my theory) and to make you more smelly. If you are committed then skip the tea-tree stuff.
Make sure to exfoliate everytime you shower if you don't shower regularly. It cuts the food supply and living environment for the stinkiest of bacteria, skip this step and you will probably smell like cheese.
If you can't shower after workouts at least towel off. It helps.
You're not tricking anyone. Other people can smell your stink long before you can smell it yourself.
You're a dude. Dude showers are like five minutes. No excuse.
This is mostly just opinion and personal experience, so...
Not bathing regularly is something you can get away with, but there is an adjustment period where your body is still producing oils as if you're showering regularly. For a short term period of time away from a shower, I've heard baby powder in the hair can help prevent greasiness. Other than that, I really don't know. As others have said, you may as well jump in and out of the shower and be done with it. But if you want to shower less frequently on a long term basis, expect to feel gross for a few weeks as your body adjusts.
My roommate, a female, probably only showers once every couple of weeks, and I honestly don't notice any smell. And she's a big girl, possibly 250-300lbs. I think she's been doing it for so long that her body just doesn't produce the excess oils that mine does when I go for a similar period of time without showering. After just two days, my hair is a greasy mess. Of course, we're both females. In high school, I did have a male friend that trained himself to only shower once a week. I absolutely did not notice a bad smell on him. His natural body smell was much stronger, but it wasn't a foul odor. It became a sort of game for him, to see how long he could go without a bath. No harm done, as far as I can tell.
Maybe the "armpit stench" you're smelling isn't as bad as you think it is? Maybe it is your natural body smell. If it really is a bad stench, maybe try another deodorant or anti-perspirant to see if that helps. Also, find someone around you that will give you an honest opinion about the smell. There's a big difference between body smell and body odor. Body odor gives me a headache, but body smell can be quite pleasant on the opposite sex.
This is a bizarre question. How is it that you are too busy for a shower? You can be in and out, dried, and dressed in 5 minutes or less.
Sounds like you'd just like folks around you to know that you're working really hard at school. There are easier ways to do that than building up body odor and oil. Your academic performance will also probably be better if you take care of yourself a little.
For oily hair, baby powder applied to it and massaged throughout will soak up the oil. As far as the smell and deodorant isn't working... what about just washing your armpits?
Magnesium oil. I started using it transdermally (on the skin), and forgot to wear deodorant yesterday, and had no body odor. (I even made my fiancee smell my underarms!)
But, take a couple of minutes every few days to get in the shower. It will make you feel better, and the study break will help as well.