There’s nothing more relaxing than stepping into the shower to wash away the day's stresses. Likewise, an invigorating shower first thing in the morning is a fantastic way to start your day. But, showering is also a fabulous time to attend to self-care and your skincare routine. Showering for fabulous skin isn't just about selecting the best skincare products, though. Success here means being mindful of how and when you perform such self-care routines. For example, an improved skincare routine before, during, and after showering, can help you achieve better skin and feel great. Here, The Bathroom Showroom helps you make the most of shower time with tips to maximise fabulous-looking skin through showering.
The Three Stages of Showering For Perfect Skin Care
1. Before Stepping Into the Shower:
Brush your hair - Brushing your hair before it gets wet helps it remain as tangle-free as possible. So, it should be easier to brush when you step out. Also, as hair is at its most fragile when it's wet, there’s less chance of breakage.
Remove your makeup - By removing makeup before stepping into the shower, you’ll achieve better results. Doing this before showering also gives you more time to concentrate on those delicate areas, like around the eyes. A quality makeup remover is most beneficial here, as opposed to scrubbing your face in the shower.
Wash your face at the basin - If you don't need to remove makeup, consider washing your face with a gentle face wash before getting in the shower. Lukewarm water is the ideal temperature to splash over your face at the basin. Rather than wash your face in the shower, washing beforehand means no clogged pores from shampoo residue.
Apply cleansing oil - Whether as a face cleanser or body cleanser, try adding a shower oil to your skin before stepping in the shower. Then leave it to do its magic for a few minutes while tending to your hair. This way the oil can get to work breaking down dirt on your skin before you rinse it off.
Get the shower temperature just right - Finally, right before you step in, ensure your shower temperature is a thoroughly comfortable warm one. Too cold will make it unbearable, and a shower that’s too hot will strip the natural oils from your skin and make it dry. Showering should be a time of self-care for your well-being, so it’s important to make it a pleasant experience.
2. During Showering:
Wash your hair first - By concentrating on washing your hair first, you reduce the possibility of leaving any shampoo or conditioner on your skin when you finish showering. This is important if you use any oily or specialist hair products as if they aren’t washed away completely, they can irritate the skin.
Massage your scalp - When shampooing, take the time to really massage that scalp so you can get rid of all the day-to-day build-up. A scalp massage stimulates the follicles increasing blood flow, which can help with hair growth. Better still, use a scalp scrub one to two times a week to remove product buildup.
Exfoliate occasionally - Once to twice a week is enough when exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth. But exfoliate gently and try not to overdo it to ensure you don't irritate your skin. Opt for reputable shower skincare products while you exfoliate, and follow up with a gentle shower gel choice.
Be mindful of the shower items you use - Items such as loofahs, sponges, and washcloths are often a breeding ground for bacteria. So, it’s important never to share these and replace them regularly if you do opt for these products. Our hands are fabulous natural cleansing tools once they’ve been cleaned thoroughly in the shower.
Keep your shower sessions short - Experts suggest that a five to ten-minute showering session is the optimal length for the skin. Any longer can begin to cause dryness. As well as eliminating that prune finger look, keeping your showers shorter will also help with your bills.
3. After Stepping Out of the Shower:
Apply moisturiser to damp skin - When stepping out of the shower, use a wonderfully soft towel to pat the excess water, and then apply your moisturiser to damp skin. A rich moisturiser choice will get to work instantly at locking in much-needed moisture to your skin.
Let your hair dry naturally - Whenever you can, allow your hair to dry naturally after getting out of the shower. If you can forgo the hairdryer a couple of times, try gently squeezing off the excess water to reduce breakage, and allow your hair to dry on its own. Otherwise, consider investing in a quick-dry hair turban towel for faster results.
A Good Shower Routine Benefits Both Skincare and Overall Well-Being
By paying a little attention to your showering habits, it’s possible to create a technique that leaves your skin and hair glowing every time.
Be sure to check out our other articles on the Rest & Relaxation blog to help you make the most of your time in the bathroom.