Posts Tagged ‘hygiene’

1st November
written by Randy

I’ve been a bit hesitant to share this with everyone, because people can be pretty judgemental sometimes, and often rather stuck in habits and beliefs that they’ve been taught and have never questioned. But after some thought, I think anyone who’s going to judge me already has plenty to judge me for, and anyone who doesn’t already think I’m crazy isn’t going to change that based on what follows.

So, here’s the thing: I’ve made a few changes recently, regarding personal hygiene, and I’ve been much better off for doing so. The first of those things was a little embarrassing when I first tried it, but has made a big improvement in my life: shaving my armpits.

I’ll wait for you to stop laughing.

So yeah. I started shaving my underarms. Not all the way down to skin, but buzzed down to about a quarter-inch. The difference it makes is dramatic: no more sweaty pit stains. No more damp underarms on my shirts, for everyone to see.

After reading about underarm shaving at Wandering Earl, I decided it was worth a try. It just made sense. Without that hair to carry sweat to your shirt, the shirt stays dry… and the sweat spreads out more evenly on the surrounding skin, where it evaporates much faster. I still use deodorant, but I’ve also noticed that I use much less now. I’m sold, it works, and I’m happier.

And speaking of things that just make sense, I later found this post about giving up soap at Sean Bonner’s blog, I really wanted to try that, too. But I’ll admit I was a little less eager.

Fortunately, someone else I know tried it and was quite happy about the difference, and after that I was sold. As soon as my last job ended, I stopped using soap and shampoo. And now, three weeks later, I couldn’t be happier.

For the first two weeks, I had to fight the urge to use soap, because I wasn’t accustomed to the way my skin felt, and I actually did give in and use it once after the first week. But now, I feel great, I don’t itch, my skin is smoother, my complexion is better, and ladies tell me they like the way I smell. Seriously!

The hardest thing to get used to was actually my hair. For the first two weeks, my hair just felt greasy and dirty, all the time. I was beginning to think it was all B.S., but I gave it a chance and I’m glad I did. Now, my hair feels softer and cleaner than ever, and that dirty feeling is gone. The difference is amazing. I feel like I’ve been lied to my whole life. Forget shampoo and conditioner… just let your body do what it was made to do!

I still wash my hands with soap — I’d be a fool not to — but that’s it. Now I only buy handsoap, and have no need of different bath soaps and body scrubs. I spend less, feel better, and live happier. And as a bonus, my bathroom is much emptier, and the shower stays cleaner without all that soap scum!