How often do Englishmen shower
I'm too lazy to shower - so what?
Woe to anyone who publicly admits they didn't shower that morning. An outing report.
Anyone who stinks is socially dead. And whoever does not shower every day is olfactory suspect, as I was able to find out during an evening with friends. We drank, ate, and chatted. At some point someone complained that someone next to him on the train smelled of sweat that morning for a whole hour. Immediately a wave of indignation broke out at the table. That there are actually people who don't shower every morning - ugh!
I was silent. Should I or should not I? And then I let it come down to it: "Well, I don't shower every day," I interjected as confidently as possible. Everyone turned to me. Huh? Embarrassed silence. A friend came to my aid. "Well, I don't smell anything." Relaxed laughter. Lucky However, my abstinence from washing became the running gag of the evening. According to the motto: We still like you, you bitch. A friend even patted me jovially on the shoulder as I said goodbye: Hey, brave that you came out.
Outed? Obviously it is unimaginable in Switzerland that there are people who do not get into the shower every morning. Whoever stands by it is almost a hero. Why is that just such a taboo? I google a little - and quickly realize that I'm not alone with my sloppiness. On the contrary: I am a trendsetter if you want to believe all the media reports about “Cleansing Reduction”. This international (!) Beauty trend is about freeing yourself from the daily washing obligation. Not for the environment, but for beauty and health. Because when you shower, the natural bacterial flora of the skin, which protects against diseases and supports the immune system, is severely stressed. Those who want to stay supple and young - like me - prefer to use deodorant every day instead of a shower, according to the lifestyle tips.
Better to sleep longer than in the shower
Doctors have long agreed that showering every day is nonsense in terms of body biology. One or two showers a week is enough. More can do more harm than good to the body. So I'm doing everything right in the case. However, I am not a victim of an international lifestyle trend that has not yet made it across the Swiss border.
I'm just too lazy. A shower in the morning would kill me rather than refresh me. That's why I've always showered in the evening, because I love the feeling of cuddling myself under the covers, clean and fragrant. But taking a shower is brutally exhausting. Especially when it's already 11 p.m. and all you really want to do is go to bed. Or when you come home drunk. Or if you don't stink at all. In any case, I always find a reason why I don't have to shower yet. And I'm not alone there either.
Four out of five English women admitted in a survey by the care product manufacturer Flint + Flint that they do not shower every day. Not because they want peach skin, but because they are simply too tired or too lazy to get up earlier in the morning. I was probably English in a previous life. Like me, a third of them only shower every three days, and two-thirds fall straight to bed after they go out without removing their make-up. I know that well, mostly I can just bring myself to brush my teeth.
Just a few decades ago, anyone who showered every day would have been shown the bird.
Now one could object: the English have always been very British, and they also have bad weather all the time. Of course they only shower twice a week. But: The French, too, are more like Louis XIV and are showering in French more and more often. Less than two thirds of them wash themselves daily, over ten percent only shower every three days. They, too, primarily want to spare themselves the stress in the morning - healthier skin is just a side effect.
So my shower behavior is anything but strange. Just a few decades ago, anyone who showered every day would have been shown the bird. The whole hysteria about personal hygiene only arose towards the end of the 20th century. Most of the (unnecessary) beauty products were thrown onto the market. Certainly one of the reasons why it is now almost a social duty not to stink.
Today you can only smell it during training
The only area of life where you can still smell unabashedly of people is sport. If the deodorant fails, as a sign of good performance, you can even be a little proud. After that, showering is of course compulsory. Unfortunately, washing does not always protect against body odor. I smell more seasonal, no matter how often or how little I shower. This can be hormonal, but it is also related to the fact that stress, excitement or fear produce foul-smelling sweat.
By the way, my outing to friends has had an impact. A friend recently confided in me that she doesn't shower every day either. She just didn't want to hang it up that evening. Haha. And a friend confessed that he still lets water on his body, but no shower gel. I am now considering whether I should tackle the next stage of outing just for fun. There is only one thing worse than not showering every day in Switzerland: brushing your teeth less than twice a day. Anyone who publicly admits this is a true hero.
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