I stopped using soap a few months ago and never plan to go back. My skin is smooth and I can go for days before needing a shower.
Unless you’re coated in dirt, soap is just removing the skin’s oils, which makes it secrete more oils to make up for those that were lost. This is a kind of cycle that will end up costing you a lot of time and water.
When I showered with soap I had to shower everyday to keep from stinking and feeling dirty. Sometimes I would skip a day because I was so busy but I always felt disgusting afterward.
When I learned about the benefits of just washing with a washcloth I was really excited. After a couple weeks of adjustment, I was able to easily go three days without a shower, and I have even gone for a whole week just to say I did it!
…But I definitely don’t recommend skipping showers for a week…
I also overheard some girls I was hanging out with talking about how “no poo” is the best thing you can do for your hair.
For a while I was doing okay without shampoo, but my hair went from too oily to too dry. Neither was very appealing, and I never did make it through this so-called “adjustment period.”
As a sort of compromise, I have started washing my hair about twice a week with baking soda and conditioning with apple cider vinegar.
This is a great combination because these two products have so many other uses as well, and they’re really cheap. I use a combination of soda and vinegar for deodorant, and vinegar can also be taken with water if you’re feeling sick.
Traveling is a little easier now too, since all I need to pack in the way of soaps is soda and vinegar (or nothing, since these are common household items). And in a pinch you could use plain baking soda for toothpaste too!
Some people think it’s gross to forego soap, but all I can do is shrug my shoulders and let them think what they will.
I can finally take ten minute showers, and I only have to take them a couple times a week. If I’m traveling or too busy, then hey– I’ll just wait a few more days!