What Does Responsible Personal Hygiene Mean to You?
I've long been scared of conventional deodorant. The idea of aluminum seeping directly into my skin cells leaves me uneasy. My cosmetic rule for the most part is if I can't eat it, I avoid applying it to my skin. Responsible hygiene can have so many meanings like avoiding baths and excessively long showers, using organic and locally-sourced personal care products whenever possible, and most recently, skipping daily showers and deodorant. In a recent New York Times article: The Great Unwashed, Catherine Saint Louis discussed how abandoning the daily shower isn't just for crunchy hippies anymore.Naturalist Jenefer Palmer, owner of Osea, an organic skincare line, has forsaken the daily shower and replaced deodorant with lemon juice and she's not the only one. More and more people are realizing that the daily shower is more of a ritual than a necessity. Not only does this practice save water, it can save your skin. Shampooing and lathering up everyday (beyond those particular areas that don't normally greet the daylight) is hard on your hair and skin because it strips them of moisture as well as the good bacteria that helps us ward off germs, according to the article.
The ritual shower is also a product of mass marketing. In a culture where you can't go 15 minutes without a soap, shampoo, body wash, or deodorant commercial it's certainly not a practice that advertisers would like us to abandon. Sales of dry shampoo products, which extend the time between showers, doubled between 2007 and 2009.
While many may still be embarrassed to disclose their abandonment of the daily shower, the trend is most definitely on the rise.
Via: New York Times
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