Although not many of us would be willing to test it for ourselves, I’m sure a lot of you (too) have wondered what would happen if you quit showering for a year. And while there hasn’t been much experimentation on this subject, scientists do still know some consequences of this dirty decision. So let’s find out exactly what they are!
The good news is that it won’t kill you. So, there’s that. The bad news is that you definitely won’t be a happy camper in the end or along the way.
Without proper exfoliation, your skin will quickly become either super oily or really dry. And it doesn’t matter which one it’s gonna be, both imbalances lead to an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria. According to Dr. Carolyn Jacob, the director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, the oiliest parts of your body, such as your armpits, behind your ears, and so on, would slowly collect dirt and pollutants.
Let’s keep this nasty snowball going. The next major trouble you’ll face is that you’d become way more prone to different types of infections. Since washing your hair and scalp come along with showering, then prepare yourself for some major itching on your head. As for a whole year without washing your face in the shower, your face would be covered in zits! And, of course, where there’s bacteria and broken skin, there can be infections and health problems, so it’s not just all about aesthetics here.
There’s actually a guy named Rob Greenfield who went a whole year without showering.
According to the experts, there are a couple of tips that you should follow in order to shower the right way. Make sure the water temperature is not too hot because hot water will suck the moisture from your skin by removing a lot of your natural oils. Long showers can dry out your skin as well. Having two or three showers a day will do the same thing, so it’s not that great of an idea either. Instead of lathering up your entire body, it’s better to just stick to the areas with a bunch of sweat glands, such as your armpits, groin, underneath the breasts, and wherever else you tend to sweat a lot.