Written by Tenley Haraldson
Medically Reviewed By Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr.Julie Jackson.
It’s where you get energized in the morning, wash off workout odors, or unwind after a long day. Don’t underestimate its importance: When you’re following the best shower routine, you’ve got a much simpler path to healthier skin.
These shower routine steps will help combat oily, dull, and dry skin – naturally.
What a Great Pre-Shower Care Routine Looks Like
Your shower routine starts before the water is even running. In fact, just a few minutes of care will help to reveal more radiant skin.
1. Use a Dry Brush
If you have normal skin, some gentle dry brushing (2-3 times a week) can be great before hopping in the shower.
Using a natural-bristle brush, start from the bottom of each body part and work your way towards your heart. To avoid irritation, use about 2-3 long strokes over each area. Just like any other kind of exfoliation, don't press too hard: Always aim for a gentle touch.
2. Take off Your Makeup
It's best to remove your makeup before stepping into the shower. Doing so ensures a gentler, more thorough clean. And mascara users really don't want to step out of the shower with raccoon eyes.
3. Mask Up!
Love face masks but never seem to have time? Apply one just before hopping in the shower. Since the recommended period is around 10 minutes, you’ll have time to wash your hair and body before rinsing it off.
4. Turn Down the Temperature
For boiling-hot shower lovers, we’ve got some news for you: Hot water can quickly strip away your skin's natural oils and cause drier, flakier skin. This is especially troubling if you have dermatological issues or are dealing with dry skin in winter. Lukewarm water is the way to go.
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Most physicians recommend keeping your shower under 105ºF. Since it’s difficult to measure shower temps, simply watch your skin for flushing or redness (which indicates that your water is too hot).
Pro Tip: If lukewarm water feels uncomfortable, start your shower with hot water, then gradually work your way down the temperature scale (from hotter to cooler).
5. Invest in a Shower Filter
For the perfect shower routine, consider a built-in shower filter. Not only will you reduce skin and hair exposure to chemicals (like chlorine) and hard minerals, but you’ll also cut down on hard water stains that form on your shower and bathtub!
Washing Your Hair: Getting Clean From the Top-Down
Everyone has their own personal shower routine order, but it's recommended to wash your hair first. You'll want to rinse off the shampoo, conditioner, oils, and styling products that flow down your face and body.
Find the Right pH-Balanced Products
Though your hair tends to have a pH level of about 3.5, your scalp's is around 5.5 (and extremely sensitive to changes). Try to find products that land somewhere in between.
Unfortunately, the majority of shampoo pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0 – but values are almost never listed on the labels. If your scalp tends to dry out and you have dandruff, a switch to pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner might be the change you need.
With approximately the same acidity as your skin (5.5), Puracy Natural Shampoo and Conditioner have been specially formulated to reduce irritation, dryness, and itchiness.
Use Your Shampoo Correctly
Proper shampooing not only removes oil and hair product buildup but it also helps cut down on oil trapped in pores. Place a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into your hands, work it into your scalp along the roots. Pay attention behind your ears and along your nape (usually the oiliest areas). Depending on your length of hair, scrub at least 30-60 seconds before rinsing.
Wash Your Face After Shampooing
After a shower, you want your face to be a blank canvas for moisturizers and makeup. To avoid soap, dirt, and oil residue, hold off on using your face wash until after your hair is clean. You can also wait until the very end of your shower – or even when you step out of it – the world's your oyster!
Your Shower Routine Body Care Matters
A pH-balanced body wash is a can't-miss shower routine product: It's more convenient than bar soap and it tends to be more moisturizing.
However, antibacterial and scented soaps tend to contain ingredients – like sulfates, triclosan, and synthetic fragrances – that can trigger sensitive skin. Our Natural Body Wash cleanses and restores skin pH balance without stripping away natural oils (which keeps things smooth and hydrated).
How Much Body Wash Should I Use?
We're not afraid to say it: Many people don't use body wash correctly. A quarter-sized spurt of product is probably more than enough to get clean. Too much and you may have a hard time washing it all off. Or worse, your overenthusiastic use can strip skin of its natural oils.
Unless you're showering after an intense workout session, your arms and legs are usually fine with a water rinse. While lathering up, focus on the dirtiest spots of your body (e.g. underarms, feet, pelvic region).
Pro Tip: Bath tools like loofahs can harbor bacteria, yeast, and mold. In other words, they're pretty gross. Either repurchase them each month or use your hands/a washcloth instead.
Get a Closer Shave at the End
When it's time to break out the razor, wait until the end of your shower (when your hair has had enough time to soften). We recommend a natural shaving formula that provides tons of lather while nourishing skin.
Keep It Going: Your After Shower Routine
You've probably heard it before, but pat – don’t rub – your skin dry. Doing so will help maintain moisture while causing fewer issues down the line (we're looking at you, wrinkles).
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Gentle patting leaves enough water on the skin for your natural lotion to seal in extra hydration. That goes for every part of your body, from top to toes.
According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD, applying a natural skin moisturizer within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower helps to prevent dehydration caused by "transepidermal water loss.”
You Deserve the Best Shower Routine Products
Every one of Puracy’s natural skincare products has been specially formulated by our team of PhD chemists, reviewed by licensed physicians and dermatologists, and improved with the help of thousands of customer reviews. Whether you lather up daily or twice a week, follow this shower routine for glowing skin!