Written by Molli Carlson. Medically Reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson.
Showering is a crucial part of your personal routine. It's where you oust odors from the gym, get energized in the morning, or unwind after a long day. It's also critical to maintaining the health of your skin.
Using a natural-bristle brush, start from the bottom of each body part and work your way towards your heart. To avoid irritating your skin, it’s recommended to use about 2-3 long strokes over each area. Just like any other kind of exfoliation, don't press too hard: A gentle touch is key.
If you have normal skin, try dry brushing before each daily shower. If you have sensitive skin, every other day may be a better option.
Love face masks but never have time for them? Try applying one when you hop in the shower. The recommended period for masks is around 10 minutes (during which you can get your hair and body washed, and then can conveniently wash off the mask).
For anyone who loves boiling-hot showers, we’ve got news for you: Lukewarm water is the way to go. As cozy it may seem, hot water strips away your skin's natural oils, leading to increased epidermal water loss (i.e. dry, flaky skin). This is especially troubling if you have dermatological issues or are fighting dry winter skin.
While there isn’t a specific temperature that works for everyone, most physicians recommend keeping your shower under 105ºF. It’s incredibly difficult to measure your shower’s temperature, so keep an eye on your skin to make this determination. Flushing or redness indicates that the water is too hot. That said, if lukewarm water feels uncomfortably cold, start your shower with hot water, then gradually work your way down the temperature scale from hotter to cooler.
If you really want to make the most of a healthy shower routine, consider installing a built-in water filter. You'll reduce your exposure to chemicals like chlorine that can be harsh on skin and hair.
Arguably, the most important part of your daily shower routine is what you use to wash up. Body wash tends to be more convenient and moisturizing than bar soap. Meanwhile, antibacterial and scented soaps often contain harsh, unnatural ingredients (like parabens) that can trigger sensitive skin.
A great natural body wash should cleanse and restore the pH balance in skin – without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Puracy Natural Body Wash uses coconut-based cleansers and Himalayan sea salt to encourage hydration and balance.
When you lather up, focus on the dirtiest spots of your body (e.g. underarms, feet, pelvic region). Unless you're showering after an intense gym session, your arms and legs are usually fine with a water rinse.
Pro tip: Bath tools like loofahs can harbor major bacteria, yeast, and mold. We recommend repurchasing them each month or simply using your hands instead.
For a closer shave, wait until the end of your shower (when your hair has had enough time to soften). We recommend a natural shaving formula that lathers without irritation.
You've probably heard it before, but it bears repeating: Pat – don't rub – your skin dry. Doing so will cause fewer issues down the line (we're looking at you, wrinkles).
Gentle patting also leaves enough water on the skin for your body lotion to seal in extra hydration. According to Dr. Jackson, applying a natural skin moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out of the shower helps to prevent dehydration caused by "transepidermal water loss.”
At Puracy, healthy skin is a passion of ours. That’s why every one of our natural skincare products has been specially formulated by our team of PhD chemists. Whether you lather up daily or twice a week, follow the tips we’ve outlined above to restore your skin to its natural health.
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