Short on Prep Time? Five Ways to Fake a Shower


(Original story published on Tuesday July 7th, 2015 on

Blame it on your time-saving needs of squeezing in a workout on your lunch break, or your incurable addiction to hitting the snooze button. But whatever the reason, sometimes having a shower just doesn’t fit into our schedules. We mean, it’s not that we’re totally okay with being gross (or maybe we are). It’s just when we’re short on time and have to choose between getting all lathered up or making our mug and mane presentable, our dignity forces us to choose the latter.

Luckily, there are amazing instant-refreshers on beauty shelves today that provide us with the power to look and feel freshly bathed in a couple mere minutes, without any water in sight.

From super long-lasting deodorant to revitalizing body spray, flip through the gallery for five ways to freshen up sans suds.

fake a shower korres deodorant
Water-Free Bathing Tip #1: Strong Deodorant
When you skip the shower, save yourself from potential worry by applying a strong deodorant before you leave the house. Korres’s Equisetum 24h Deodorant features natural deodorant actives to help prevent sweat and odour without irritation. It’s hypoallergenic, free of aluminum salts and made specifically for sensitive underarm skin. Plus, it provides 24-hour protection, so you should be good to go until you’re (finally) able to make it to the shower.
Korres Equisetum 24h Deodorant ($19,

fake a shower honest wipes
Water-Free Bathing Tip #2: Baby Wipes
Freshen up your bod by running baby wipes over sweaty regions. The Honest Company has a great option, featuring plant-based, natural cloth wipes that gently cleanse and soothe your skin. Infused with pomegranate (for antioxidants), chamomile and cucumber (to soothe) and masterwort leaf (to nourish), they come in a convenient travel-size option making them perfect to take with you anywhere.
The Honest Company Wipes ($5,

fake a shower caudalie face spray
Water-Free Bathing Tip #3: Facial Spray
Revitalize your complexion with a facial spray that tones, soothes, refreshes, and moisturizes your skin, like Caudalie’s Organic Grape Water. Made from 100% organic grape water, this instant pick-me-up is filled with hydrating elements to offer a bright, dewy complexion. It acts as a toner to soothe skin and prep it for makeup, making it a key part of your beauty routine post-workout, or in the morning after a late night out.
Caudalie Organic Grape Water in Travel Size ($10,

fake a shower tom ford spray
Water-Free Bathing Tip #4: Body Spray
Give yourself a few spritzes of a refreshing scent for that freshly-bathed appeal. Go for a crisp and breezy option, like Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray which features citrus and floral notes with amber undertones, inspired by the Italian Riviera.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray ($65,

fake a shower long dry shampoo
Water-Free Bathing Tip #5: Dry Shampoo
Of course, skipping the shower means your tresses will require a hit of the refresh button too. Pick a revitalizing, lightweight dry shampoo, like Long By Valery Joseph’s option. It features a transparent formula that absorbs impurities to keep your hair soft and bouncy, while helping to maintain your style.
Long By Valery Joseph Fresh Dry Shampoo ($30,

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