Whenever I hear people pontificate and generalize about “white people do this” and “black folks do that,” it takes me back to that era of comedy in like the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Comedians were always doing bits like that. “White people eat like this…” or “Have you ever noticed that white people are always going —?” So this Naya Rivera story reminded me of that, which is to say that this entire conversation is SO DATED. Naya Rivera was a guest host on The View yesterday, and she decided to discuss her thoughts on how white people shower more than “ethnics.” Seriously, she said “ethnics.” I can’t tell if this is racist or just stupid (or both?)
We never expected to know this much about Naya Rivera’s hygiene habits. The 28-year-old Glee star, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, was a guest host on The View this morning where the songstress shared a rather, um, interesting theory about showering.
After moderator Nicolle Wallace defended the fact that she showers three times a day (pre- and post-show, plus once before bed), the Fox beauty chimed in with a headline-making hypothesis.
“I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics,” Rivera said as Wallace couldn’t help but burst out into a fit of giggles. “I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.”
After her comments, Rosie O’Donnell proceeded to call upon a stunned African-American woman in the audience, who insisted she is a “frequent showerer” before Rivera defended her remarks.
“My mom is half black, half Puerto Rican. She showers every day, so I can say this. But I’m now married to a white man,” she said, referring to husband Ryan Dorsey, whom she secretly wed in July 2014. “And he showers a lot, like two, three times a day. I’m like, ‘What are you doing?'”
During the silly debate, Rivera also revealed how often she showers and insisted that her cleanliness is spot-on.
“So the study says, a dermatologist says you are only supposed to shower once or twice every three days, so I’m right on the mark,” the newlywed star explained.
I’m including the video below. Personally, I think it’s weird that someone would shower THREE times a day too, but I think it’s less a “white person problem” and more like an OCD issue. At most, I shower twice a day, but that’s only when I’ve been to the gym. If I’m not going to the gym and I’m not going anywhere (like, it’s a Sunday), I can go 24-36 hours without showering. And I’ve never heard that dermatologists recommend NOT showering every day. Now, I know it’s better for your hair to not wash it every day (but I still do, because my hair is really fine and oily). Oh, and my mom is white and now that she’s retired, it practically takes an act of Congress to get her to shower. I’m serious! She’s showering like twice a week now.
Photos courtesy of WENN.
God bless her little cotton socks…and brain cells, or the lack of them. [??]
SHE SHOWERS ONCE EVERY 3 DAYS. WHILE LIVING IN LOS ANGELES. I can’t wrap my head around it. Ewww. And don’t give me that “some people sweat less” bs… it’s gross to go 3 days woithout showering, sweat or not.
100% agree. Ewww….
I don’t mean to offend you, but I find your POV bizarre. But that’s how this discussion is bound to go: there’s no middle ground (IMO). A person is either okay with showering every few days or completely NOT ok with anything less than daily ablutions. There is no middle ground.
I’m a daily shower fan, but not showering isn’t the same thing as not cleaning yourself. She probably still washes her face and other…sensitive parts, but just doesn’t go for the full thing. I know a few people who do this, and they’re not unclean. If you have super dry skin, showering often aggravates it.
Yeah I don’t sweat a lot at all but I work out every day so a shower is a must, even if I wash my hair every other day.
The thing is, if I go to bed without having showered, I just feel sticky and…gross. I also can’t go to sleep with lotion on me because I hate that gluey/tacky feeling on my skin.
Maybe I have a problem?
Ha! My California kid would shower once a year if I let her get away with it.
@Samtha LOL That’s what some people call a “bird bath.”
@Samtha Also LOL – we used to call that a “whore bath” which is gross when I think about it. Sorry!
W**re’s bath is the term I’ve recently learned.
It’s cool. I’m European, we don’t get “offended”. Not sure how often we shower though lol.
I was told it was called a PTA bath.
This is not a white vs ethnic comparison; but may be more of a rich vs poor issue. I know that at orientation for our international students we let them know that water in the U.S. is not a scare resource and thus they can shower more often. Not to say that all poor, foreigners have awful hygiene habits. Please don’t misconstrue this statement. Just adding food for thought into the mix.
I can go a day without showering out of sheer laziness. Let me tell you that my favorite days are those when I only shower just to put on fresh pajamas. Talk about bliss! 🙂
I’m sorry but if I we’re one of those students I’d feel a bit insulted…
I meant “were” not “we’re”. Damn autocorrect and for some reason I can’t edit my post.
She’s an idiot, nothing new there. Also, she needs to stop messing with her face in an attempt to be Kim K 2.0, her face looks so strange now.
She can mess with her face as much as she wants, but can someone stand the odor if you shower twice a week?
Like some said above, there’s a big difference with not showering and not cleaning. I have very dry skin, and a dermatologist suggested it to me once : less shower and less aggressive soap. Which translate in using a “soap-free soap” for the arm pits, genital area … with a wash cloth every day and a full shower or bath only 2 of 3 times a week.
I still with my very dry skin and my 2 shower a day, but I KNOW it’s OCD !.
She’s so dumb. Nothing more left to say.
It IS recommended that you not shower every day, because it dries out your skin. I do it anyway, because I’m a sweaty sleeper and I always wake up feeling gross.
I would say for some people that’s certainly true. I have somewhat dry skin though and still shower every day, twice in the summer or when I work out. I’m totally fine with a good body lotion/oil. My bff has to shower every day because her job is quite physical but in her case, that’s really a problem because of her super dry skin.
I have NO idea what all of this has to do with race or ethnicity. Good gawd.
Three days without showering on purpose? Regularly? And then proclaim that on national TV.
I have super dry skin…I mean ten seconds after stepping out of the shower I start drying out and crackling. So I wake up 10 mins earlier when ever I have place to go and people to see and shower, then use good cream to moisturize my alligator skin. It’s not that damn hard.
The concept of not properly bathing for three straight days then to go mingle with actual people is so foreign to me. This ‘girl’ trying to associate this particular habit to “ethnic” people…no honey, we are all not like you.
I was going to say the same thing, I’m a black woman and went to the dermatologist and she recommended that I not shower everyday or take oatmeal baths only every three days to help keep my skin stay moisturized. That’s not going to happen so I invested in good oils and Shea butter. She just didn’t word her comment correctly!
@Bebea. Do you have any oil reccomendations? I haven’t been to a dermalogist (because I can’t afford to) and I’m white with skin dry enough that can feel tight or itchy. So I moisture my body in oils (usually almond or coconut oil) and I only use Dr. Bonners soap because it’s a Castile soap. I get a litre of liquid soap than fill up a smaller bottle. I really want to use Shea. However I don’t know where to buy ethically produced pure Shea that has shipping costs I can afford. I can’t go without showering during the week because I catch a bus to uni and walking to the bus stop makes me sweat. I think harsh soaps, over exfoliating & not moisturising can strip the skin of oils.
When the British first came to Japan, the Japanese were grossed out by their smell. Even in the 70s, my mother went to Ireland and her ex husbands family were weirded out by how often she showered.
I think she’s just made a broad generalisation based on a case study of two people- her & her husband.
I would argue that how often someone showers is a combination of personal preference, geographical location & lifestyle. Like if I lived in a colder city instead of Sydney than maybe I would sweat less and I wouldn’t need to shower at least once a day.
Hi there, MarcelMarcel. I’m also in Sydney. You’ve heard of Dr Karl Krushelnicki ((spelling might be incorrect)? He hasn’t used soap for years, just like some friends of mine. He (and they) recommend using Sorbolene to wash your body. In one of his books he describes wetting his body well, then using a flannel with Sorbolene to wash, just as you would soap. A good rinse off and pat dry. If you require further moisture, use Sorbolene while your skin is still damp and warm. You can buy it really cheaply, in 750ml – 1L containers at Woolworths, Big W, Priceline etc. You can get lotion for the shower and creme for general moisturising. My friends do exactly the same thing, and swear by it. I hope this helps.
I shower daily because I just feel gross if I don’t, but, honestly, I think I could go a month without washing my hair and it would still look like it needed a hot oil treatment. I would love to have hair that needs to be washed everyday.
@TeaAndSympathy I can totally see the logic of that! I just had a hang up about Sorbolene because when my burn injury was being treated the nurses would only offer that as an option and nothing else, it was really frustrating. Sorbolene cream is a barrier cream so while it does lock in moisture; it doesn’t actually have any healing properties. Fortunately my sister researched it and found about the skincare company, Environ. I used the vitamin A oil until my scar healed.
I will mention the Sorbolene as soap approach to one of my friends whose skin is irritated by traditional soaps.
How dumb. + 1 on sounding like a dated comedian though.
Naya, please see: Johnny Depp, Kristen Stewart, Brad Pitt.
Thank you for your time.
Don’t forget Leo DiCaprio. In an old interview he talks about showering infrequently to conserve water. I like to imagine he takes dust baths.
Aw, picturing Leo doing a little hamster-type wash now.
Perhaps that’s the reason why he vacations a lot on islands/beaches- free bath 😉
LMAO they sure do look like they could use a good scrub.
*Note to self: Do not consume liquids when reading Abbott’s comments.
Abbott I’ve decided to start commenting SOLELY because your comments kill me!
and, well…. I love this little community too 🙂 this chick is just too dumb for our time me thinks
Yay! My bear trap worked! We got one! Welcome!
Lol. Case closed.
Sparkles although maybe that has changed with FKA.
Don’t forget Matt McConn.
Oh for f*ck’s sake. STFU with the us & them sh*t.😣
Totally agree Darkladi!!!
Thank you thank you thank you @ darkladi 👏
That whole thing was just cringeworthy…..
I had one thought though–up until 50, 60 years ago–a lot of minorities in this country did not have the same access to the basic utilities as white people. Like my grandmother, who is black/Native American was born in the forties…..as a black person ,you never went and got your house fixed by a licensed electrician, etc–you had your friend come and look at it. And my grandma STILL won’t fix shit in her house–she just has someone that she knows come and do a patch job. So with the showering–if you had x amount of money, y amount of people in the house, then I can see why you wouldn’t shower that much.
My grandmother is the same way. Calls the son of a friend. And she saves everything.
Slightly different situation but similar way of thinking, when I was in my late teens and still living at home I’d always have a bath after work before I went out on Saturday nights. My dad would always get me to leave the bath water in when I was done so he could use it. He grew up during the 1950s and ’60s in a relatively poor household, so reusing the bath water was normal but always grossed me out! Mum would always tell him we’re not poor anymore, you can run fresh water! But he never did. We’re white, so not a race issue.
Same thing in my day, growing up, it wasn’t unusual for bath water to be reused. My parents had the “Saturday night bath” mentality, and couldn’t understand why I wanted to shower and wash my hair everyday. They would wash their feet in the sink, or pits, face, etc. when needed, but rarely took more than one shower a week. Gross to me now to think about, but it was normal for them.
Nope. Racist ideology back in those days leant heavily on PoC being lazy and dirty. So naturally a culture developed that over compensated in the opposite direction. Bathing was such a big deal it became incorporated into Biblical teachings, black Southern Baptists for instance viewed bathing almost as an act of worship. Even with limited resources bathing was prioritised almost as highly as food. You’ll find these attitudes illustrated not just in literature from that era but bios from that time. See for instance Maya Angelous description of her grandmothers strict bath time inspection in I know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Bathing became such a politically charged issue that PoC appropriated and turned it on its head. It became “we arent dirty, its these OTHERS who have hygiene issues”. Growing up, I often heard white people didnt bathe everyday, that it was common to only take sponge baths once a week, the point being that “those people” are not just morally corrupt, dirty on the inside, they are filthy on the outside too. It became a political tool to use on the other side.
Yes to all this. I’m Caribbean and showering/bathing less than twice a day is unheard of. More if you have to go somewhere between coming home from work and going to bed. Shoot, when I was a kid and corporal punishment was still a thing me and my sibs would get lashes if we hadn’t bathed by the time my mom got home.
Just to share a little anecdote: I remember this one time we’d been so busy playing that when we noticed the time, we panicked and decided to try and outsmart mom by just washing our underwear. Sh*t didn’t fly because as my mom used to say she didn’t go to school in August and she wasn’t born yesterday. She asked us when we’d bathed and when we said just a lil while ago she checked the bath and noticed the floor tiles weren’t wet then she inspected the towels which of course were dry. We got punished for as much as lying as not obeying orders. For the black people in my community hygiene is a HUGE deal.
Yay i was waiting for this nonsense.
She’s an idiot, and considering she is of mixrd race, she shouldnt be generalizing because she’s contradicting herself. She says “ethnic” people shower less, yet he mom who is also mixed does shower everyday — what?
It’s her choice to shower every three days but to be honest im not fond of that habit but to each their own
She should try living with us black people in southern africa, where it’s piping hot 75% of the year with this heat she would shower two to three times a day. I shower twice a day at most, once when its not too hot. But i dont go more than 24h showerless. Again – this is my personal routine, im not going around saying every black person showers as much as i do.
Then again, we have issues with water in certain areas so that also is a factor.
First of all eeeewwww @ her, secondly as a black woman I can only speak for myself, I absolutely shower twice every single day of my life,one thing I don’t wash everyday is my hair and I tend to do that at a hair dressers rarely at home. As far as her comments go, I have been to boarding schools and varsity dorms and have shared intimate living quarters with all types and what Naya is saying is complete BS.
Makes Scooby Doo “Ruh Roh!” noise
I read that, too. You should not shower every day if you have normal or dry skin.
I have eczema and my skin is really dry and I could not shower every day.
But you should wash yourself instead….
My mother was like your mother – one shower every week.
This was in her good times – when she got dementia she didn`t shower at all for a whole year. And she is white.
I don`t think it depends upon the race. It`s bullshit. Some people need it more than once, some like it, some don`t and some are dirty… in every colour your skin can be.
Maybe she doesn’t showed much because she’s worried about the rest of her face melting off?
Lol. Maybe. Or her one remaining brain cell dissolving?
I’m so glad we have hard hitting tv talk shows to give issues like this a place to be discussed.
Exactly, InvaderTak, I am waiting with baited breath to hear her views on “ethnics” vs “white people” and how often each wipes their ass after a shit!!!! Stimulating conversation!!!!
Hahahaha. Thanks for making me laugh MrsB. But I ain’t going to lie, her comment got me riled me up.
Yes thank goodness someone’s finally bringing this out in the open. Lol.
I really hate when people make generaliztions about groups of people. I know some PEOPLE who shower a few times a day, and I know some PEOPLE who shower a few times a week. There is no specific color, race, ethnicity, that does one or the other…they are just PEOPLE who like to do, what they do. What a foolish thing for this girl to say…
I agree but I think she just says stupid things like this to get
attention. Why else make generalizations about something like this?
I shouldn’t, but I laughed. Because of course Naya Rivera would say something ridiculous on The View.
HER FACE! HER FREAKING FACE!! That’s all I got for dum dum.
Doesn’t anybody but me BATHE any more? Bloody white women like Sixer. Always getting out the bubbles for no good reason.
I’d love to but with cats in the house it becomes a contest between hearing them scratch at the door because how dare I close a door on them! or letting them in and watching a fatty with zero grace try to balance on the edge and eventually falling in. (not Mr Lindy)
Neither is relaxing for me 🙁
Lol, my cat runs right out of the bathroom if I go in, for any reason. And she’s completely allergic to baths…..
Old Cat wouldn’t be seen dead in a bathroom. Water is EVIL. Young Cat has to be kept out because he likes to go to sleep in the basin.
I have Fr. Dougal Cat and Separation Anxiety Cat
I have seriously considered installing a cat door in the bathroom door.
I bathe!!! Maybe once a week. But I shower every day. I love having Epsom salt soaks.
Exactly what I was going to say. I’m a white girl who showers only once a day, but once a week I take a nice long bubble bath
Love a nice hot bath after a stressful day.
The idea of bathing is disgusting to me. Sitting in your own dirty water?
I’m not that dirty.
I take a shower before I take a bath……
I’m Black and I shower at least twice a day. I have a full time and part time job. So when I’m working from 8 in the morning until 12 midnight you damn straight I want to wash the day off me. Every now and then I like to take bubble baths. As for sitting in my own dirt, well that’s why I take a quick shower right after the bath, problem solved. There have been times on a lazy Sunday of not going anywhere and I may skip a shower but I’m not fond of that.
I had a friend who’s White and when she told us she showered every 3 days we laughed. She asked why is that funny. I said because for hygiene reasons one should shower at least once a day. Not just because of the normal body odor but also because of your private parts. So Naya is full of BS when she says White people shower more. As for showering everyday drying out the skin, well that’s why they make moisturizer.
I guess the next topic should be how often do you change your bed sheets.
But you can’t read your book in the shower.
VC, funny, I take a shower after the bath!
Japanese style. Scrub down before, then soak.
Love bathing, especially during our cold winters, with some herbs/salt in it. For me, it is very relaxing, and I do take a quick shower afterwards. After that, good oils/shea butter.
You’re supposed to take a shower first. Otherwise you are sitting in your own bacteria. I shower before getting in the tub, then after to rinse off the salt or bubbles or whatever. I am so grateful to live in a country where there is plenty of water. Once I passed menopause I found I didn’t have to shower every day so I’m in the once every 2 or 3 days camp.
I think so too, jenny. 🙂 after traveling through Russia, where water often ran out before we all bathed, and was cold, and sitting in an airport for over 30 hours….I could not wait to shower. That was the best feeling ever!!!!!
*i was in the country in a small town. I’m not saying every place would be like this, just where I was. In an old Russian farmhouse.
I love a nice long soak in a bath full of bubbles.
In the hospital working with seniors/elderly pts doctors will recommend not to showering daily because the soap dries out the oil in the skin and the skin of seniors is more sensitive to bruises and tears. I’ve never heard a dr recommending that a young person should not shower daily.
She looks like Padm…what’s her face….vaguely ethnic with a surgically sculpted nose.
I actually agree with her. I’m not white and white people are always the ones who gawk when I say I don’t shower every single day. Usually every other day, or else my skin gets dry. Other non-white people understand, but white people are always the ones acting incredulous and dumb about it.
A know many non-white people who would gawk at you and wouldn’t understand either. Race has nothing to do with a person’s showering habits.
And if a white person said this about black people,…
They’d never work again.
I think she was talking about herself and her husband and it came out as a stupid generalization. Definitely sounds worse without the context.
I don’t know much about her but she’s not 45, is she?
I don’t (pardon the pun) see what’s got people all lathered up…….I mean there are lots of people who don’t showers every day…..I don’t but I do wash every day..in what my granny called a a “tip to tail” bath…..what is a “tip to tail” bath its washing your face , hands , underarms and lady parts every morning when you get up and every night before going to bed… and wiping down your body if its hot…..the shower has to wait till someone comes over and is in the house …I’m getting older and they worry about mother falling in the shower or getting out of the tub… and that is the real world of personal cleaning and it doesn’t make us any dirtier or smellier the people who shower every day… my hair gets washed twice a week… and I have never offended anyone by being dirty from not showering every day….which is another modern myth…
I think what people are having an issue with, or more of an issue with, shall we say, is not the shower routine but the racial generation involving shower routine.
I know Gracie ….
Doesn’t it takes a longer time washing “tip to tail” than going in the shower for ten minutes ? I find I feel so refreshed after showering every day, cannot imagine not showering daily unless it’s for a medical reason, eg after on operation.
No it takes about the same time sweetie, ….and I feel just as refreshed …
and its nothing to go into a serious debate about like some people have ….there are millions upon millions of people on this earth who do not shower or even have a shower within a 100 miles of their homes . of every race and every kind who are just as clean as people who “shower” every day….Its really a American thing anyway Showering everyday….go overseas or out of US and Canada and you will find it is Not the normal order of things…. I’ve had to Sauna and clean off with cold water in Norway, …bath in a communal bathtub in Japan…. and wash in a pan across Europe . they have showers in Hotels of course but what’s the fun of that when you want to get to know the real folks in a country…..but its nothing to get your panties in a wad about…..LOL…have a nice day..showered or not…..
ketjo – you made me laugh and I like the cut of your jib.
Thanks sailor ! My jibs getting a little old and used but I still have a few long sails left in them…..
Well said, ketjo.
The tip to tail wash reminds me of when I used to live in Europe. People may show less over there than in North America, but they do have this very nifty invention called the bidet. I would so love to have a bidet !! With a bidet, you can just shower your lady parts as often as you want!
Love bidets. When I finally get to own my own house I’m definitely having one installed.
LOL first time I come face to face with one in a bathroom ..My little southern self said” Why Bless my soul they gave the men their own commode….” it was in a hotel room….
My last house was new construction, and when I bought it, I made the builder remove the bidet. I’m sure it’s a great alternative if you’re not bathing daily, otherwise it’s just another toilet I have to scrub. No thanks.
I’ve washed from a sink for many years using a loofah-like washcloth. Everything gets washed and it doesn’t take long. In my case, the tub is permanently clogged due to an idiotic design and the cats have taken it over. No shower available. The place is too drafty in the winter anyway, with the sink approach I can do installments without freezing. There is nothing magical about showers and tub baths, there are other ways to keep clean that I’m sure our plumbing-challenged ancestors used. I remember an old painting my mother put in the bathroom, showing a woman washing her small child from a bowl on the floor.
I could see not showering as much if you’re sedentary and less likely to sweat — I might skip a shower on a day I don’t work out — but as an actor in Hollywood I’m betting she works out daily or nearly so…so that’s gross if she doesn’t shower after that.
ESMOM…SHE CAN’T SHOWER EVERYDAY SHE’S NOT WHITE….DAMN GIRL, SHE JUST TOLD YOU!!!!
Wait, I think she is half white….maybe she could take a really, really quick shower!!!!!
Maybe she can take a 1/2 shower….
Only white people shower after the gym. All my ethnic friends just decide to stink up the joint. Yep, that’s right, my ethnic friends are dirty.
Bless her heart.
Massive stupidity! In most tropical countries where most “ethnic” and “exotic” people live, they shower twice a day, once before you leave to work and once after you come home before supper because you sweat like Pigs (sorry Pigs!) whole day, wherever AC is not available or affordable. In some “ethnic” countries, it’s mandatory to shower every morning before they start their daily work for religious reasons too!
Yup. Malaysian girl here and let me tell you, if i went a day/once every two days/whatever without showering, it would be a disaster. Everyone i know showers AT LEAST twice a day. Sometimes you even shower just because it is so hot and you need to cool down.
African girl here, if I skipped even one of those twice daily showers, the entire community would hear about it.
Problem skin or not, it’s drilled into you to have those twice daily showers followed by all over body moisturiser.
As i’ve moved around the world, I have been shocked by the bathing habits of some people, but i’m not going to tar entire races with the ‘dirty’ tag.
Now if I do meet Naya, remind me not to shake her hand. Girl is not clean!!!
For people with severe eczema (very dry and itchy skin), it is not recommended to shower everyday. I knew someone who would only shower 4 times each week because he had very severe eczema and his skin was irritated by soap and hot water.
If she doesn’t want to shower, that’s her business.
But this cochina needs to own that as her personal preference and stop dragging the rest of us into it.
Also, much like everyone on Earth has an accent (even Americans!), everyone on Earth, including white people, is an “ethnic”.
I know. I’m white and my parents are immigrants…my family is very proud of its ethnic heritage. But I’m sure Glee (is that show even still on?) isn’t paying her for her intellectual prowess.
Lol Esmom–the show is in its last season, and I heard that it’s tanking pretty bad. The first season was actually pretty good (watched w/my little sister), but after that it went downhill…..
Yes, I watched season one and a couple episodes of season 2 and that was enough for me.
My thought exactly. I’m Irish and that’s ethnic…. By the way, “white” is not an ethnic group. It may be a sociopolitical construct in societies like ours with strange histories, but it’s definitely not an ethnicity.
The shower statement: Whatever. The big question is: why is she morphing into Kim K? She certainly seems to have The same brain power, but this Naya Girl used to be quite good looking.
I legit schreeched BITCH WHAT??? what the Hell is this Bargain Bin Kardashian Talking about???!!
Everyone I know showers twice a day, morning and evening. I didn’t realize it was a white people thing.
Regarding dermatologist recommendation: My derm told me to take “lukewarm” showers, as I have super dry, itchy skin in the winter despite using a humidifier and taking lots of omega 3 and coconut oil supplements. I’ve tried everything, and btw lukewarm showers in the winter are horrible! So she said the only other option I had was to shower/bathe less in the winter and only wash my…er…private parts and underarms daily. So in the winter I’ve switched to showering every other day. Still have super dry skin, though.
Yes she is entitled to her opinions, but I do find them stupid. She’s only basing this off her husband’s habits.
Yeah, that’s what I noticed too. I thought she was going to point to a survey or something, but she just noted her husband’s habits.
Thanks for the daily “wow, people are really that stupid.” post.
This chick is a grade-A troll. Really? She is- and I hate this word- thirsty.
My son has eczema, I’m supposed to bathe him every three days but he smells like wet dog so we just use lotion all the time. I also work ina nursing home and have for 20 years and I’m gonna be honest- they don’t shower unless you really let them know they smell like urine or poop or yeast or something worse than just BO. There are rare exceptions to this but really rare. You are begging just to get one shower in a week and they smell bad. Worse yet, they want to put on the clothes they had on before theshower
I’ve been told that in a lot of European countries people shower every two days or so. I don’t think those are the people she is referring to as “ethnic”. That was not smart on her part.
Also, What the heezy happened to her face???? It looks worse when she smiles.
I’ve had eczema since I was a baby so I have to be very careful about what lotions/soaps/laundry items, etc that I use. I have to shower or bathe in lukewarm water. I still shower daily (except on weekends when I’m not super active). I just limit the time I’m in the shower. On the days when I don’t I still wash my face or take a “sink bath” as my relatives call it. My Mom has told me stories about my ancestors not bathing as much and that it was a common thing when she was growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I think this showering daily thing is probably a modern construct. I definitely don’t believe it’s an “ethnic” thing. I believe it is simply an individual choice. My son is nearly a teenager and in the thick of puberty. I always encourage him to shower daily sometimes twice because he gets greasy otherwise.
Apparently she hasn’t seen Miley’s Crisco product placement shoot from the other post. She fits right in with that coven of fools-give that doll a permanent seat!! (A chair, not ass implants).
I recall my mother telling me when I was younger that over bathing wasn’t so much a white person thing as an AMERICAN thing. She told me about traveling in Europe in the eighties, and sometimes the small overnight motels wouldn’t have private showers in the rooms. I have a few coworkers who are United States immigrants, and they’ve echoed the sentiment that Americans are hyper-hygienic. She’s a bit misinformed, but I found that tidbit interesting.
Also, fun fact: bathing will remove external debris but rarely does anything but move bacteria around. Some hospitals will actually ask surgeons not to show before surgeries to avoid transporting contaminants from other parts of the body onto the hands.
you’re right. americans seem to overwash their clothes to, and they seem to use the dryer at all times, even in summer when the sun is out. and still the average life expectancy is one of the lowest in western countries. you’d think all the extra hygiene is extra healthy!
I think it has a lot to do where you live? I live in the American South, and I know lots of people who bathe twice a day because of the heat and humidity. It just feels better after you rinse off.
I haaaaate the word ‘ethnic’. I don’t know what it means. I want to do violence to it.
If my husband starts showering 3 times a day I’d be worried about what he’s been doing.
Gurl, that was my first thought but I have to concede that it may just be that he likes to shower. Different strokes and all that.
All I want to know from all the celebitches with dry skin/eczema – what do you all use? It’s been about 7 years (since I moved to a cold place where it starts to get cold at the end of August and winter lasts until May) I’ve been struggling with dry, cracked itchy skin with dry patches that have thickened and darkened and nothing works except to shower/bathe as little as possible. I’be tried all the lotions, creams, and oils and nothing seems to work, except Shea butter but it takes forever to sink in and I just don’t have the time in the morning or at night to wait for it to sink in before I can get dressed.
You may have to exfoliate to remove the dead skin first. I use a linen cloth. It’s inexpensive and does just as good a job as my clarisonic if not better.
Yes, exfoliation is a must. If I don’t, anything I put on just sits on top of the dry patch. I prefer cloth, too, and alternate between muslin, flannel, and super soft terry towel. I have a Clarisonic that I don’t use. I tried it for a few months, and different brush heads they have, too, and I found that it made no difference. I thought I was the only one who didn’t rave about Clarisonic!
Not sure if you’ve already tried this but…
Avoid ALL moisturizers with any percentage of alcohol and synthetic ingredients in it. In the winter, I’ve heard that a layer of organic coconut oil first (if that seems too greasy use natural, alcohol-free Aloe Vera gel) and then use a really good body oil. Not neutrogena or store-brands with all the fake stuff. I recommend the oil slathers at http://www.soaptopia.com they are junk free & amazing!!!! My skin feels smooth and healthy all day long! (My fave scent is Beauty & the Beach)
Hope that helps!
Thanks, DTX! I’ll look into it!
Organic coconut oils did not work for me, though I do love it on my nails. I mostly use organic & natural products and have been for the last 10 years. My dry skin problem miraculously disappears once the coldest months are over and they return at the first sign of cold weather. I use argan in spring, jojoba in summer, almond in autumn, and with diligent exfoliation, they work pretty well. It’s November – March/April that wreaks havoc on my skin.
Did you try Alep soap?
I’ve never tried it. Do you have a brand you can recommend? Looking on Amazon…
gloves in a bottle worked well for me and my mom. living in Colorado was really rough for my skin, always cracking, splitting, and flaking. I tried gloves in a bottle on my hands and eventually on my whole body. I’ve given bottles to my friend’s kids with skin conditions and they all swear by it.
I loved gloves in a bottle, but since late November, once the really cold weather started, it doesn’t work as well. Also, for some reason my cat hates it. She runs away from me when I put it on!
100% jojoba oil. It’s the closest thing to your skin’s natural oil. It also works great for dry hair.
I don’t know how in the summer you could only shower 3 times a week. Doesn’t she live in LA? Just think about all the germs you bring home on a daily basis. Why not just jump in the shower and do a quick shower before bed? It may be different for people who have physical issues or skin conditions…but if you’re healthy and can…why not? I can’t sleep unless I take a shower.
She’s a buffoon. And 3 times a day? Has her dumb husband heard of the drought?
There was a study that came out just yesterday (saw it on the frisky- love celebitchy more! mwah), saying that people should shower every two to three days, especially babies and toddlers. showering/bathing everyday strips skin of oils and also makes us more susceptible to allergies. Who knows! When I feel gross I shower, when I don’t, I don’t. 🙂
Amazing now i can say that i have “ethnic” hygien habits instead of admitting that i am just lazy…And french.
I wash when I’m dirty. But when I lived in London (the past 9 years) I had ONLY a bathtub – no shower. When you have to take a full-on bath, it doesn’t end up being an everyday thing. It takes for-freaking-ever!
I don’t know about her stank self but this black woman showers every single day.
Man, it just bugs me when somebody tries to frame a personal opinion in a way that makes it sound like they speak for everybody.
I’m Brasilian and I shower every single day. It’s custom in our culture to shower every day, so no Naya – it’s not a “white people” vs an “ethnic” thing – it’s a human thing. Or just the way you were raised. Nothing wrong with showering and being clean every day. 🙂
Naya Rivera is sucha ditz. Your hygiene has little to do with race and more to do with upbringing and personality. Maybe her husband showers because SHE STINKS (he’s trying to get her smell off of him or throwing her a hint). lol What normal person would choose the Mr.Potatohead NOSE on purpose??? Naya Rivera DID!!! Anybody know what her nose looked like before, could it have been THAT bad? Its awful now…
LOL @ Mr. Potatohead nose, I looked and wow it’s true!
I still can’t believe anyone watches The View! Who is this skank? She needs to understand that ‘brain washing’ has nothing to do with putting her brain in the spin cycle. But maybe for this brainless twit, it does.
Why is she talking? Does she have a green card? Just go away.
Im sorry seems you totally missed the point. You might not like her – neither do i – but “does she have a green card ” REALLY?
she IS American.
And Who said anything about brain washing? Im confused…
Kaiser. it’s true dermatologists suggest not to shower everyday, but just every 2 days, depending on the type of skin also. In my case, I have atopic skin, my dermatologist suggested to shower using shower gel every 2 days and in the days in between shower with just water (except in summer because of the heat, then I actually shower daily)… All this because I refused to not shower daily!!
But the truth is that my skin is much better now than when I showered daily… Showering dries your skin, removes the natural grease the skin needs to protect itself…
she looks fantastic but this situation is a mess . hahaha. who even talks about stuff like that!!
Living in cold New England, I often don’t shower every day in the winter. I certainly don’t smell if I don’t. Growing up my Yankee parents would have tried to disown me if I showered more than once a day.
I know it’s wrong, but I’m going to say it anyway: Bimbo.
i think everyone should take a shower at least once a day, but that’s my opinion…
Heard this on my way to the gym at 6:30am. Couldn’t help but laugh the whole way there! I don’t understand how showering daily can be a race thing, speaking as a mixed race woman that showers twice a day due to gym and waitressing, and I certainly don’t understand why she made a statement like that. I never knew that showering as much was bad for your skin, I do know about the hair washing though, but to link that together as a “white person” thing is in bad taste. I’d say it’s more of a personal preference or upbringing. And to make that sort of statement on TV!! Guess she wanted a few minutes in the spotlight, and she got it!
She’s 28?! I was thinking 40s
Too all the ladies with dry skin, I used to have really bad dry skin, I ate lineseed/brown flaxseed about 2 tablespoons a day. I used aveeno cream after showering everyday. That got rid my dry skin. I used to exfloiate too using a homemade coffee scrub. ^^ hope you guys try lineseed. =)
She is entitled to her view I guess and there probably some instances where it may be true, but it is always, ALWAYS a mistake to make blanket statements about anything
Americans and their germophobia. Are you all going to the gym everyday? Do you live in a town where the humidity is off the charts, thus being sticky all day? Are you coal miners? Farmers? If yes fine, I get it you need to shower at least once a day. But otherwise? Nope. But that’s only my opinion as a stinky European.
I come from Italy, I am white, my mum is totally obsessed with having the house always perfectly clean and tidy, yet when I was a child she would make me shower once a week, maybe two, unless I had been at the beach or doing sports. The rest of the week she would make me wash myself one body part at a time: face, armpits, genitalia (we have a nice little thing called bidet in Italy), feet, hair if needed. Now I shower much more often but I still cannot imagine doing it twice or THREE TIMES a day. That is crazy. Honestly, there are days when I do not shower, even two in a row, and I have been told by all my partners and friends that I always smell great (my boyfriends says I could go a whole week without showering and I would still smell like cotton candy). The thing is, the more your skin is used to being washed, the more it will need a washing. Basically, the more you shower, the more you’ll sweat and smell. There are only some parts of the body that need cleaning every day: face, armpits and genitalia/ass. I find much more disgusting the fact that in other countries people do not own a bidet than not showering every day. So people who do not have a bidet are gross, no matter if they are white or black or yellow. Does that sound stupid? Yes, because at the end of the day it is just a cultural thing.