When I was in my 20s and 30s there was no question but that I needed to shower and wash my hair every day. I could go without on a weekend day, maybe two, but for work, it was essential. Then when I was in my mid 30s, I married my European husband; he definitely showed me how silly that was. He washes when he's been doing work that makes him dirty, like digging or painting, but otherwise, not every day, except for the privates, which are washed with a handheld shower, and a shave at the sink. (Sometimes not, unless I ask him to.<G>) He _never_ smells. He prefers that I don't shower overly much and makes no bones about letting me know! I find that now that I'm used to the idea of it, I have no problem accepting that I am indeed "clean," and my skin is often complimented on its condition. (Amerians have definitely been brain-washed in this area. Mostly by the soap, douche, and cosmetics industry.) He doesn't care whether I shave my legs or not, so I don't in the winter and do in the summer so as not to scare small children. Daily bathing is social conditioning and has little to do with skin health, except perhaps in the negative. I have a very good nose and know when I need to wash in the entirety. It sure saves time and water not to shower every day. When I do shower, it can take an hour or more when hair drying is included. What a waste of time!<G> My teenager, OTOH, does need to shower more frequently, and I don't think there would be any way to stop him now that he's realized that he is producing a hormonal soup. I just make sure there's plenty of moisturizer available for his use and we try to keep a balance on the mental aspect of this. I advise him not to use water that is too hot so he doesn't dry his skin out too much and I think he listens as he trusts my experiences most of the time so far.
Last edited by Mary Ellen - Irish Culture Editor; 03/21/05 07:38 PM.