Manhattan, NY - Some New Yorkers Defying The Culture Of Cleanliness
Manhattan, NY - Itâ€™s what most of us do every day â€” a daily shower followed by a dab of deodorant.
However, Americans from Malibu to Manhattan are defying the culture of cleanliness. Alice Feiring of SoHo is among them and said she doesnâ€™t shower every day.
â€śI donâ€™t tend to smell, so I find that every other day, every three days is perfectly fine,â€ť Feiring told CBS 2â€˛s Sean Hennessey.
Feiring, a writer of wine books, argues she doesnâ€™t work up a sweat at the keyboard and doesnâ€™t need a lot of time in the tub.
â€śI do not feel less clean than other people and when I take a shower, I donâ€™t necessarily feel fantastically clean,â€ť she said.
In fact, you may be standing next to the unshowered on a crowded subway more often than you think.
Public relations executive Nancy Trent said she has never used deodorant in her life.
â€śI donâ€™t need to. I have a plant-based diet and Iâ€™m clean. I take care of myself,â€ť Trent said.
â€śGood grooming is taking a shower when you need toâ€¦it definitely doesnâ€™t mean a shower every day.â€ť
Both Trent and Feiring said not taking daily showers saves water, time and their skin.
â€śI donâ€™t want to over process my skin. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s good for my skin,â€ť Feiring said
Advocates pointed to research showing the skin has beneficial germs â€” antibiotics that actually kill off bad bacteria. They said that fact is a reason why daily showers arenâ€™t needed.
The chemicals in deodorants are also a concern.
â€śPutting chemicals under your arms everyday is kind of a bad thing,â€ť Feiring said.
Both Trent and Feiring said the lifestyle has been working for years.
â€śIâ€™ve stood the test of intimate encounters and Iâ€™m okay,â€ť Feiring said.
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