How To Trick People Into Thinking You've Showered

We've all had those mornings where you just can't even fathom the idea of showering. Maybe you just felt like getting those extra minutes of sleep or maybe you accidentally drank three bottles of wine with your friend the night before and showering, although a necessity, is just not something you can do (not that I'm writing from personal experience). It happens to the best of us, but luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to trick people into thinking you've showered.

Generally, I would say the most important thing to consider when you haven't showered is if you smell fresh. If you worked out and sweat like crazy or if you spent a lot of time in the vicinity of cigarette smoke, you might just want to bite the bullet and hop in the shower. But if you don't have a strong reason for why you need to shower or you're super short on time, you can totally get away with not showering as long as you pay attention to the following areas: your hair, your face and your body.

I think that gross hair is the most obvious giveaway that someone hasn't showered. Followed closely by having noticeably worn makeup or having a distinct, erm, scent. Here are seven hacks for making it seem like you showered, even though you definitely didn't.

1. Brush Your Hair

I'm not sure why my hair does this, but if I go more than one day without showering, my wavy hair gets so knotted that sometimes I feel like the only way to fix it is to chop it off. If you're anything like me, the first way you can trick people into thinking you've showered is by brushing your hair, even if it just goes straight into a ponytail. Neat hair implies clean hair. Messy hair implies dirty hair.

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2. Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend

Once your hair is neat, use some dry shampoo to soak up the grease. I love Batiste dry shampoo, I've been using it for years. Lush also makes a really nice powder version that smells amazing. If you're in a pinch, you can use baby powder, although to be honest, the odds of me having dry shampoo are way higher than the odds of me having baby powder.

Batiste Dry Shampoo, $8.55, Amazon

3. Hair Perfume Is A Nice Touch

Most likely your dry shampoo will have a scent that makes your hair smell squeaky clean, but if it doesn't or you just want an added layer of clean smelling deliciousness, spray your locks with a touch of hair perfume.

Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist, $20, Amazon

4. Wash Your Face

Washing your face is basically as exhausting as showering, but if you're wearing yesterday's makeup, it needs to be removed. If your face is makeup free (good for you!), it won't hurt to clean your pores and have a fresh canvas for today's makeup. Cleansing wipes are a great invention.

Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes, $11.79, Amazon

5. Quickly Hydrate Your Skin

Either slather on some moisturizer or use a facial mist, like this one, to make your skin look fresh and hydrated, like it does after a nice, warm shower.

Evian Spray Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water, $17, Amazon

6. Deodorant, Obviously

This one is a no brainer. Be sure to apply deodorant.

Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant, $6.59, Amazon

7. Use Perfume, But Don't Go Crazy

Our natural instinct when we're trying to trick the world into thinking we've showered is to douse ourselves in perfume. Perfume is a good idea, but don't overdo it, because that makes people think you're trying to cover something up (i.e. the fact that you left the house without showering) or that you have no idea what amount of scent is socially acceptable, and no one wants people to accuse them of either of those things.

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