The Ultimate Shower Beauty Routine
Not every shower is the same. Showering effectively will give you glowing hair and body every time. Soap and water will get the job done, but if you know how to use it, you'll always get the best results. Technique makes all the difference. Using a few grooming rules can help you improve the appearance of your skin and hair.
These shower tips will help you turn your look around on a morning when you feel dull and your locks are limp. Let’s dive right in, the water’s warm!
Find the perfect temperature
Finding the right temperature is crucial to getting the most out of your shower routine. Warm water is much better than using very hot temperatures as the heat can remove natural oils from your skin. Find a temperature that’s just warm enough to feel comfortable.
Pre-brush your hair
Brushing your hair before you get in the shower is a great way to avoid further tangles when it gets wet. The best choice of hair brush is one that’s plastic vented, as they often have multiple bristles. Brush your hair before you step into the shower, removing any unwanted tangles. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When you’ve finished your shower, gently brush your hair once more.
Apply shampoo thoroughly
Ensure that you distribute your shampoo evenly through your entire head of hair. Place a quarter-sized amount in your hand and work it through. Focus on the nape of the neck, especially if you have long hair, as this can be a particularly oily area. Scrub and lather your hair for between 30 to 60 seconds before beginning to rinse. When shampooing your hair, try to massage your scalp. Dirty hair will be oilier at the roots, so focusing on this area will help to keep your hair squeaky clean. Scalp massages will also promote extra blood flow and encourage hair growth.
Don’t leave conditioner in too long
Although many people will say to do so, there is no need to leave conditioner in for prolonged amounts of time. The effects of the conditioner are pretty instant, as your hair is already swollen from the water molecules, which means your hair can’t be further penetrated by the conditioner. Use a hair mask or deep conditioner just once a week.
Clean your body in the safest way possible
Bar soap can be used by several different members of your household and still remain sanitary. The same cannot be said for loofahs, however, which trap bacteria, yeast, mold, and a whole host of other things. If you can’t bear to part with your loofah, be sure to always let it dry completely after each use, and replace it regularly, approximately once a month.
Dead skin cells are removed by exfoliating, which promotes the growth of new skin cells, but it’s best to avoid buffing your skin too vigorously or too often if you want to keep it healthy. The exfoliation should only be done once or twice a week, otherwise it could be too irritating. If you use a body scrub on your legs, don't be too aggressive with it. Shaving counts as exfoliating.
Rinse your hair with cold water
Like the follicles on your face, your hair follicles will open up when your hair gets wet, and close when it’s dry. The coldest blast of water you can handle will seal the follicles and make your hair shiny, whereas hot water will dry them out. It's possible to rinse your hair with cold water without submerging yourself in it if you have a detachable shower hose.
Wash your face in the sink
The pores on your face open when you wash them with warm water, enabling the acne-fighting products to penetrate. The trick is then to follow it up with a cold water rinse. By closing the pores with cold water, you’ll prevent bacteria from entering. The sink can be a much more convenient place to wash your face than taking a cold shower, since you can splash cold water directly on your face without soaking your whole body.
Lotion should be applied right away, even when your skin is still damp, to seal in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. After a shower, your body will be drenched in water, which makes it easy to apply thick moisturizers.