I have a love-hate relationship with the shower, especially over the last month. I've been traveling in Central America, and most of the places I've stayed just don't have hot water. It makes showering miserable. So I found myself looking for strange but genius hygiene products for people who love feeling fresh, but hate showering.
I've been spending my days walking for miles and hanging at the beach. I've also been dousing my body with bug spray and sunscreen, so I have a weird scent going on. I'm always sticky, sweaty, sandy, and salty. But I'd rather get out of showering. After all, the last thing I want to do is stand in a freezing cold shower for ten minutes (because I just end up leaving a lot of shampoo and conditioner in my hair, and I'm so rushed that I'm still covered in sand).
So, instead of showering every day, I've been relying on products like body wipes, baby powder, body spray, dry shampoo, and lots of deodorant to keep me feeling fresh. Sure, it's not quite the same as a shower, but it does the trick in a pinch. I'm left feeling fresh and clean, without having to subject myself to an ice cold shower. It's the perfect solution until I can take a hot one again.
1Take A Shower Without Actually Taking A Shower
If you can't take a shower or you just don't want to, then you can totally find other ways to get clean. A great option is no-rinse bathing wipes. They're pre-moistened and made with aloe and vitamin E. That means soft, clean, refreshed skin. One user said, "I use them for backpacking...It is amazing to come back from three-four days of hard backpacking, without any shower at all, and not be even remotely disgusting."
2An All Natural Option To Smelling Great
If you aren't into deodorants made with chemicals, but you haven't been able to find a natural one that actually fights odors, you need to try out Schmidt's. It's all-natural, certified vegan, and it provides you with odor protection and relief from wetness. This one smells super citrusy and fresh. Some users say that they could go 24 hours wearing this deodorant and not smell, even after sweating a lot.
3Get A Handle On Greasy Hair With Dry Shampoo
Finding a dry shampoo that works for your hair type can be tough. But this one is great because it has a pretty fragrance that makes hair smell like it was just washed, and it also won't leave you with weird residue. One user said, "I never leave a review for any product I purchase, but I really felt like I needed to leave one for this product... This stuff is now my holy grail! It does not make my hair greasy at all. Before I could barely get away with washing my hair every other day. Now I can stretch it out to three days and my hair still looks amazing. It gives you volume, there is no residue, and it doesn't weigh down your hair."
4Say Goodbye To Feeling Sweaty With Baby Powder
I love using baby powder when I'm feeling especially sweaty — it's a quick fix that leaves me feeling fresh and dry. This one is great because it's talc-free, and made for sensitive irritated skin. I also use baby powder after I've been in a wet bathing suit all day. I think it helps when you're in tropical environments because it absorbs moisture so well. You can use it on your body, or you can sprinkle some in your shoes if you need to.
5Smell Fresh All Day
Any product that you can use for more than one thing is great in my book. This body mist is extremely hydrating because it is made with apricot kernel oil and vitamin E. It's quick-drying, smells like lavender, and it's basically a two-in-one: You get a moisturizer and body mist in one small, convenient bottle that you can toss into your purse.
6Absorb Annoying Facial Oil
My face can get super oily as the day goes on. I always keep a thing of oil blotting papers in my bag as a quick fix. They leave my face shine-free and remove all of the oil that has found its way onto my skin over the day. This one removes excess dirt as well as oil, but it doesn't ruin your makeup. It's also bacteria-resistant, so it will keep your skin clean.
7Stop Foot Odor Before It Happens
If you're someone who gets stinky feet, or ends up with smelly, damp shoes after the gym, you should toss a bottle of this foot spray into your gym bag. It fights foot and shoe odor, keeping them feeling and smelling fresh. It's great because it's made from essential oils like mint, eucalyptus, tea tree and thyme.
8Keep Hair Shiny And Healthy With Dry Conditioner
My hair is always a giant knot. I could probably start the process for dreadlocks because of how knotty it is. I had never heard of dry conditioner before, but apparently it moisturizes, detangles, and leaves you with shiny, frizz-free hair. But, the best part about it is that it doesn't leave hair greasy (which happens when you use detangler on dry hair). One user described the product as being her "favorite beauty item, ever."
9No More Painful Chafing On A Hot Day
If you're someone who has to deal with chafing, you could consider looking into a balm that prevents it. Apply it before you get dressed on places where chafing happens for you (arms, thighs, neck, underboob, etc.). It's a vegan product, and it's made for sensitive skin, so you won't have to deal with irritation. You can use it in both humid and dry conditions to stop the uncomfortable pain that chafing can cause.
10Keep Skin Extra Clean With A Scrubber
Deep clean your face with a scrubber. This one is made out of silicone, so it won't hold bacteria. It will remove blackheads, exfoliate, massage, and smooth skin. It also promotes blood circulation, which means that it will better absorb your skin products. Plus it's gentle to use every day and won't cause irritation like some other facial brushes. Users agree that it's a great option for scrubbing your face and giving you smoother skin.
11Reduce Sweat For Seven Days
Believe it or not, there are actually antiperspirants out there that can reduce your sweat levels for up to seven days per use. This easily applied product is great for people who excessively sweat. You'll no longer find yourself trying to hide underarm sweat marks, or see your white clothes turning yellow. One user said that, "This is the first summer I've been able to wear T-shirts since I was 10...I use this every few days and I stay dry and odor free."
12Cleaner, Clearer, And Softer Skin
Tackle overzealous oil production with a moisturizer that's made with salicylic and lactic acid. Less oil means pores won't be clogged, and breakouts likely won't happen as often. It's also made with soothing ingredients like aloe, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and more, in order to moisturize and soften skin.
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