And so, with this in mind, journalist James Hamblin from The Atlantic, spurred on by watching fellow journalist Julia Scott, decided to give it a try. (For her part, Scott actually sprayed herself every day with a bacterial body spray called nitrosamonas eutropha which is supposed to replace all of your personal care and beauty products and keep you clean and fresh-smelling. Check out a similar one here.)
Here’s what they learned:
1. You won’t actually smell
2. Your skin will moisturize itself
“During Scott’s experiment, she said that not only did she feel her skin producing its own, completely natural moisturizer, but that her stubborn acne completely disappeared. ‘I wasn’t embarrassed because I didn’t have acne, in spite of not using any products to ward that off,’ she explains.” 2
3. You’ll save so much extra time
When I first saw this I thought, “No way.” In fact, I was just about ready to do the math and then I saw that Hamblin already had. At 20 minutes a day washing, conditioning and moisturizing our skin and hair, in our lifetimes we spend 12,167 hours or 506 days washing (if you live to be 100). Can you imagine what else you could do if you skipped even one day of showering?
Let’s also remember that giving up a shower one day a week or even a month would really help our environment too because we’d be consuming less water. So, what do you think? Are you willing to give it a try? Are you willing to give it up for a MONTH? If you do, let us know in the comments how it worked out for you and what you learned!