It’s where you get rid of body odor, get energized in the morning, or even unwind after a long day. A daily shower routine is also one of the best ways to maintain the health of your skin.Whether you have dry or oily skin, this article provides easy shower routine tips that will keep your skin healthy, naturally.
Start Your Shower Routine off RightMany people think that a proper shower routine starts when the water is running, but a few minutes of care will help reveal healthier, more beautiful skin.
The Best Way to Dry-Brush 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, 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 what you’re going for.If you have normal skin, try some gentle dry brushing before you hop in the shower. For sensitive skin, every other day may be a better option.
Try a Face Mask Before a ShowerLove face masks but never seem to have time for them? Try applying one just before you hop in the shower. Since the recommended period is around 10 minutes, you’ll have time to wash your hair and body before rinsing your mask off.
Avoid Scorching Temps for the Best Shower Routine
For anyone who loves boiling-hot showers, we’ve got news for you: Lukewarm water is the way to go. As inviting as it may seem, hot water strips away your skin's natural oils, leading to drier, flakier skin. This is especially troubling if you have dermatological issues or are fighting dry winter skin.
What Is the Best Shower Temperature for Skin?
There isn’t a specific temperature that works for everyone, but most physicians recommend keeping your shower under 105ºF. Because it’s difficult to measure your shower’s temperature, keep an eye on your skin: Flushing or redness indicates that the water is too hot.Pro tip: If lukewarm water feels too uncomfortable, start your shower with hot water, then gradually work your way down the temperature scale (from hotter to cooler).
Consider Investing in a Shower FilterIf you really want to make the most of a healthy shower routine, consider installing a built-in shower filter. You'll reduce skin and hair exposure to chemicals (like chlorine) and hard minerals.
The Best Shower Skin Care Routine Is Incomplete Without...
Arguably, the most important part of your bathing routine are the products you use. Not only is body wash more convenient than bar soap, but it also tends to be more moisturizing.It’s important to remember, however, that antibacterial and scented soaps tend to contain harsh, unnatural ingredients (like parabens) that can trigger sensitive skin.
Choose a pH-Balanced Body Wash
A great natural body wash should cleanse and restore skin pH balance, without stripping away natural oils that keep it soft and hydrated.
How Much Body Wash Should I Use?
Using body wash correctly isn’t as straightforward as you might think. 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 workout 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. Either repurchase these each month or simply use your hands (or a washcloth) instead.
The Best Time to ShaveFor 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 potential irritation.
Don’t Overlook Your After-Shower Routine
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).
Moisturize, Moisturize, MoisturizeGentle patting also leaves enough water on the skin for your natural body lotion to seal in extra hydration. According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD, applying a natural skin moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out of the shower helps to prevent dehydration caused by "transepidermal water loss.”
Get Healthy, Beautiful Skin with Puracy Products
At Puracy, healthy skin and homes are our biggest passions. That’s why every one of our natural skincare products has been specially formulated by our team of PhD chemists and reviewed by licensed physicians. Whether you lather up daily or twice a week, our shower tips will help to restore and beautify the skin you’re in.
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