It’s where you get energized in the morning, wash off workout odors, or simply 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 step-by-step shower routine tips will help combat dryness, oiliness, and dullness – naturally.
Start Your Shower Routine off Right
Many people think that a proper shower routine starts when the water is running, but a few minutes of care beforehand will help to reveal more radiant 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 irritation, 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 Shower
Love 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.
Turn the Shower Temperature Down
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).
Invest in a Shower Filter
If 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.
Don’t Forget About Scalp Health
Though your tresses tend to have a pH level of about 3.5, your scalp pH levels are around 5.5 (and extremely sensitive to changes). It’s important to find haircare products that land somewhere in between.
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Unfortunately, the majority of shampoo pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0 – and they’re not required to share their pH values on labels. If you have a scalp that tends to dry out, see if a switch to pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner could be right for you.
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
Not only does proper shampooing remove buildup of oil and hair products, but it also cuts down on oil that gets trapped in pores. Place a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into your hands, work it into your scalp along the roots. Don’t forget to pay attention behind your ears and along your nape (which is usually the oiliest area). Depending on your length of hair, scrub between 30 and 60 seconds before rinsing.
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After shampooing and conditioning, move downwards with a great pH-balanced body wash. Not only are these products more convenient than bar soap, but they also tendIt’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
Antibacterial and scented soaps, however, tend to contain harsh, unnatural ingredients (like parabens and phthalates) that can trigger sensitive skin. A great natural body wash cleanses and restores skin pH balance, all 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.
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.