Did you know that every minute, a child dies from a disease related to unclean water, a disease that is completely preventable? Or that every year, 750 million people do not have access to clean water? That’s about 10 percent of the entire world population and double the population of the U.S.
Well Aware, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit, has a solution to the world water crisis: the annual Shower Strike. From April 22-29, 2017, Shower Strikers commit to not showering until they reach their set fundraising goal. The money raised enables Well Aware to build sustainable, life-saving water systems in Africa. Each Shower Striker that meets their goal (suggested $1,000) will help provide at least 100 men, women, and children with clean water for the next 25 years.
Thanks to last year’s Shower Strike, water-related disease rates in the African communities that Well Aware serves went down by 64 percent. Additionally, access to education for girls increased by 58 percent. Because of the lack of clean water, women and children around the world spend 140 million hours collecting water every day. Having unclean water not only impacts people’s health but also their access to education and jobs, not to mention time with their families spent not worrying about how they will survive.
Clean water is not something that should ever be taken for granted, and it’s time to stand up for those without it. Get ready to join the Lala team in fundraising for Well Aware and staying clean while we do it, sans water. Thanks to a few neat toiletry items and some innovative hairstyles, it is more than possible to conserve water and raise money for an amazing cause by skipping a week’s worth of showers. Here’s how:
Anyone who has ever gone camping at a site without showers knows that baby wipes, or other cleansing, disposable towelettes, are essential. And, ladies, don’t lie—we’ve all done a quick “bath” with a makeup wipe when we’re in a morning rush and don’t have time to hop in the shower. Little swipes on the pits, down the arms, across the belly, and on the legs with a baby wipe should do the trick to remove any dirt, sweat, and smell.
Hey, I never said this article wouldn’t make you saw “ew!” How are you going to stay truly clean during the Shower Strike without keeping it clean down there? And remember: only wipe front to back.
The ultimate lazy girl hack! Dry shampoo instantly absorbs grease, adds volume, and leaves your hair feeling and smelling like you just stepped out of a salon. Spray it on your scalp, especially on spots where your hail is most oily, and gently scrunch it in with your fingers.
Is it water or facewash or makeup remover? It’s all three! A brush across your face with a micellar water-soaked cotton ball or pad will easily remove makeup, dirt, and oil from your face, no rinsing or rubbing necessary. Does it look like just plain water? Yes. Does it leave your face feeling squeaky clean and your skin looking brighter? YES.
AKA, every grandma’s secret to clean skin! This old school product has a number of uses. I personally use it as a makeup remover, but it’s also good as a primer, moisturizer, and even a makeshift shaving cream. After you slather your face and neck in cold cream and remove with a soft tissue or cloth, your skin will feel cool and smooth—think: like aloe on a gnarly sunburn, without the raw and tingly feeling. On the downside, cold cream does contain many oils and can leave your skin feeling moist—great for dry and combination skin, not so great for oily, acne-prone skin. If your skin has enough moisture as is, stick with micellar water or an oil-free cleanser.
It’s time to master the messy bun, French braid, high ponytail, etc. Break out the bobby pins, scrunchies, head bands, and even hats to pull your hair back off your face and neck in Pinterest-worthy styles. Our hair and scalps trap a lot of junk during the day that causes breakouts and odor: dust, dirt, and oil. If you have bangs, pin them back. If you have short hair, rock a bandana like Rosie the Riveter. And if you’re rocking mermaid hair, play around with braids and buns. But before you do anything, give your hair and good, gentle brushing or a spritz of dry shampoo.
Good luck in your Shower Strike, and don’t be afraid to get a little smelly for a great cause.
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