Back in 2013, I stopped shaving. It started as a kind-of joke: I wanted to take part in No-Shave November! But then it was January and I still hadn't shaved. And now it's 2015 and, yup, you guessed it, I'm still au naturale in the body hair department (aside from the occasional maintenance trim).
It's one of the best decisions I've ever made, but don't take my word for it. Here are five reasons you might want to consider throwing away your razor (or wax or tweezers):
1. You save $10,000.
A 2008 survey asking women about their monthly hair-removal expenses found that women who shave spend an average of $10,207 on their products over the course of their lives. Women who use hair-removal creams spend $10,555, and women who wax spend a whopping $23,000. As you can see, the little things add up.
2. You reclaim two months of your life.
A 2013 poll asked women about their least favorite beauty chores and the amount of time they spent on them. The results? Not only is shaving our least favorite chore, we also spend a cumulative 72 days of our lives on it! So, if you're not fond of shaving you are certainly not alone, and you can save two months of your life by dropping the habit.
3. You could reduce your risk of sexually transmitted infection.
Some doctors believe the microtrauma sustained when you wax or shave pubic hair makes you more susceptible to infection. Dr. Emily Gibson writes: