I’m a firm believer that showers and baths should be time well spent — a moment when you can truly feel at ease and relax. After all, it’s a time when you’re either getting your day started or wrapping things up, washing away your worries and letting yourself focus on nothing but the warm water for 10 or 15 minutes.
Admittedly, I spend way too many showers where the above thought process does not occur. Some days, I come home from work, and all I want to do is get in, wash my body, and get out. On the occasions when I really take the time to enjoy my shower, I feel de-stressed. I feel as if I’ve just emerged from a spa and both my skin and hair are soft and sparkling.
Although my Brooklyn apartment might not be the most luxurious bathroom, I dream of the days when I can own my very own house, have fresh eucalyptus hanging from the shower head and floors that heat my toes. A girl can dream.
Despite my less than eucalyptus-filled #bathroomgoals bathroom, I do like to enjoy my shower time on occasion. And when I do take my time, I happen to be very methodical about my shower routine. The following is a routine I’ve been really loving lately. Take my word for it: these products might just make your bath time a million times better.
Step 1: Hair
I don’t wash my hair every single time I shower, but when I do, I like to lightly massage the scalp and put a little effort into lathering up the soap so I can get rid of the build-up that I always have. Right now, I’ve been trying out HASK’s new Greek Yogurt Hydrating Shampoo — and it’s safe to say that I’m loving it so far. I’m currently using the formulation for dry hair. The hydrating shampoo and conditioner line combines greek yogurt with fig & honey. The blended scent is sweet without being too fruity or sugary, and it lasts in my hair all day without being too overwhelming. I follow the shampoo with the HASK Greek Yogurt Hydrating Conditioner for a few minutes while I wash my face. After washing my face, but before washing my body, I like to occasionally go in with a deep conditioner. I really love the HASK Hydrating deep conditioner that goes with this line, but I’m also currently testing out the Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine and Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque.
Step 2: Face
When I was younger, I used to wash my face by scrubbing it with body wash on my loofah for two seconds and calling it a day. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that the skin on my face is very delicate, and that scratchy loofahs are way too harsh for my face. In the shower, I like to use a gentler cleanser. Recently, I’ve been using the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. First I’ll go in with the solid oil cleanser, warming it up between my fingers and rubbing gently to get rid of any makeup (or leftover makeup if it’s the morning). Then, I’ll use the cream cleanser on my e.l.f. Cleansing Duo Face Brush. This manual face brush feels so luxurious and soft. I absolutely love it (and, hello, for $14 it’s not a bad price point either).
Step 3: Body
Finally, after washing my face, it’s loofah time. My current body wash is the Dove Sensitive Skin Nutrium Moisture Body Wash. It’s a really wonderful everyday body wash that leaves skin feeling hydrated. I suffer from year-round scaley, rough, dry skin, and this body wash is one of the only washes that doesn’t leave my skin feeling itchy and tight. For those with Sensitive skin, like my boyfriend, it’s an especially nice body wash with little to no scent. Occasionally, on days when I feel like I have a lot of dead skin build up, I’ll go in with a body scrub on my arms and legs. I love making my own scrubs with coconut oil (and I have a recent blog post about my two favorites recipes!)
I finish up the shower by rinsing my hair and spending a couple minutes soaking in the warm water. I’m one of those people who tends to keep a lot of stress in my shoulders and neck. Here’s my secret: I like to tuck my chin and look down while the water beats down on the back of my neck. This is especially relaxing if you have an adjustable shower-head and can turn up the pressure for a few seconds.
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