I take a shower on average about once a week, sometimes twice. This may gross some of you out, but I assure you I am neither stinky nor dirty. I was someone who thought taking a shower everyday was necessary and those who didn't were disgusting. However, my opinions have changed (being a woman, this is not surprising). Now I believe showering too often is unnecessary and may possibly be detrimental,* even to normal skin. Surely, some people may not get away with showering only once a week. It depends on your environment, diet, exercise and genetics. People with pungent B.O., ehh... might not want to do this. I think diet plays a significant role on what your natural stank smells like, but genetics too. Furthermore, I don't do any heavy exercise, thus I am not pouring massive volumes of sweat, ever. Finally, it's winter here, which naturally means drier skin (something most of you can definitely relate too).
* As a side note, when I was in the worst of my flares, I was showering constantly, literally three or more times a day. If your skin is oozing, a daily shower will likely be helpful to feeling more comfortable and cleansing. However, I do not recommend doing what I did and showering excessively. I believe this may hamper healing somewhat and hinder the skin from doing what it needs to do.
So what do I use?
- Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap
- Witch Hazel
- Organic Palm Oil
I shower using Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap on my body and nothing on my face. When I get out of the shower I use a small bit of my Spectrum palm oil on my body and around my eyes (I'm paranoid of getting wrinkles). I don't slather it everywhere like I used to and I wait for the oil to sink in before dressing. I want to emphasize I am using very little moisturizer. My tub of palm oil is almost gone (had it since summer) and once it is I intend to do complete moisturizer withdrawal. As for the witch hazel, I use it after scratching any area of my skin to help keep it clean and minimize any risk of infections. The witch hazel I use has alcohol in it, but I have not noticed any negative effects and feel it has actually benefitted my skin. I've been using it since August. I may switch to one without alcohol in the future, but for now I like it.
|What's left of my palm oil|
Pertaining to moisturizer withdrawal, I didn't want to do full-forced MW right away, because I thought it would be much too uncomfortable, especially when going places. I did, however, completely cut out Aveeno Skin Relief lotion in October, which I had been using religiously (several times a day) from June 2011-September 2013. Prior to my Aveeno days, I was addicted to Vaseline Intensive Rescue for a number years. I've always relied on moisturizers to make my skin feel comfortable, even when my skin was "normal." The mere thought of taking a shower and not applying lotion immediately was cringe-worthy. I'm also an avid hand-washer, which meant constant re-application of lotion on my hands. Now I can watch my hands several times a day with no need to use lotion or any kind of moisturizer. I will do a more-detailed post about MW once my palm oil is finished, but as for now I have nothing but positive things to say about it! :)