In this fast-paced era of constant competition, we are looking for hacks that will bring some ease into our routine and get things done efficiently but quickly. It not only applies to your work but your daily routine. You usually make it just in time for work but are always apprehensive of the fact that you maybe give off a bad whiff or just look dirty and dull in general. If you’re looking for a reason to skip bathing every morning then you should know that over-cleansing your skin can lead to it developing skin irritation and sores. If you live in a colder part of the world, you can probably skip bathing every day and switch to doing it every alternate day. If you’re wondering how to get clean and smell fresh without having to take a shower, then we have a couple of tips that might help you:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Tonic
Mix two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with a glass of water and store it in a spray bottle. You can spray this toner onto your hair or skin when you’re simply in a rush to get somewhere. Apple cider vinegar is natural and can even help to restore the natural pH levels of your skin. It can help make your hair look super radiant even if you haven’t washed it. Don’t worry too much about the smell as it will go away once your hair has gotten dry. Word of caution: Never use apple cider vinegar raw as its acidic nature will most definitely char your hair and scalp forever. Always dilute it no matter what.
2. Fabric Refresher
The best way to ensure that your clothes smell fresh and peachy clean during the day, despite not having a shower, is to use a small amount of fabric refresher on them. Fabric refresher is usually used on curtains or on armchair coverings and is useful to get rid of bad smells. It helps maintain the sensation of freshness so if you’re paranoid that you might be smelly, spray some on your clothes and let them dry before you put them on. Let’s face it, most perfumes don’t last long.
3. Rice Paper
If you don’t have the time to wash your face in the morning, you can definitely use rice paper to clean your face. Rice paper can help reduce the appearance of a greasy face and can make your skin look fresh and appear clean. However, while this is not a substitute for regular face wash or body wash, it can help your open pores look less shiny. Just dab your neck, face, and décolleté with rice paper sheets and it will absorb any excess oil on your face and skin. Don’t make it a regular habit as it can strip your natural nutrients excessively.
4. Sprinkle Some Talcum Powder
If you’ve run out of deodorant and are unable to purchase one in a rush, don’t worry! Talcum powder will come to your rescue and turn out to be your saving grace. Sprinkle talcum powder on all the parts of your body that are the most sweaty and areas that tend to get super smelly. The talcum powder trick is often used as a common remedy to disguise the smell of body odor in places where there is water scarcity.
5. Dry Brushing
Use a natural type bristle brush to gently brush and exfoliate your skin. Not only does this get rid of dead skin cells and toxins, but it can also stimulate the circulations of blood in your body. This is a great alternative if you’re too busy to take a bath in the morning. This will also come with the added benefit of helping you feel energized. Finish with a wet sponge to wipe the remains away if any.
6. Baby Wipes
There are many disposable products that are specifically designed for days when you don’t have the time to shower. One of them is baby wipes. Baby wipes can be used in even the most sensitive of areas since it is made keeping a babies’ skin in mind. If you are thinking about wet wipes, those are not meant for a full-body wipe down. You can also make use of a damp towel or a clean cloth to wipe your body.
Perfume is the best way to disguise a foul odor and you can spray perfume in certain key areas of your body to make the scent last a bit longer throughout the day. The areas of your body where your pulse is located, like the back of your knees, your wrists, the nape of your neck, and the inner part of your elbows is the best place for smells to carry.
8. Dry Shampoo
Dry shampooing your hair is the perfect way to ensure that it doesn’t look greasy. If you don’t have time to have a shower or take a head bath in the morning, you can always spray some dry shampoo into the roots of your hair the evening prior. Once you’ve finished spraying it, shake off the residue and brush your hair as you do normally. It prevents you from having to wash your hair more than once a week since you are running short of time.
9. Essential Oils
Bacteria can be one of the leading causes of bad body odor. Essential oils that have scents like orange, lemon, peppermint, and more also contain antibacterial properties that can help fight off bad smells. You can apply some on areas where you sweat the most and this will help you smell cleaner during the rest of the day. Everyone’s sweat glands work differently. There are some who barely break into a sweat and some who also sweat profusely in winters. Find an oil that suits your skin type requirements.
While we’re not advising you to skip showers, it’s always a good idea to have a couple of tips handy just in case you’re in a situation where you need to rush off somewhere. These little tricks up your sleeve will be very helpful in saving time and energy. Have you ever used any of the products and tips in our article before? Let us know all of your thoughts on this in the comment section below!