Written by Molli Carlson.
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.
Start Your Shower Care Routine Right
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.
How to Use a Dry Brush
If you have normal skin, try some gentle dry brushing before you hop 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.
Pro tip: For sensitive skin, a Turkish “kese mitt” might be a gentler option.
Try a Face Mask Before a Shower
Love face masks but never seem to have time? 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 Down the Temperature
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 can quickly strip 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.
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What’s the Best Shower Temperature for Skin?
Most physicians recommend keeping your shower under 105ºF. Since it’s difficult to measure your shower’s temperature, however, the best rule of them is keeping an eye on your skin: Flushing or redness indicates that your water is too hot.
Invest in a Shower Filter
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. Even better, you’ll cut down on the hard water stains that form on your shower and bathtub!
Scalp Health Is Skin Health
Though your hair tends to have a pH level of about 3.5, your scalp pH levels are around 5.5 – and it’s extremely sensitive to pH changes. It’s therefore important to find the right products which land somewhere in between.
Find the Right Hair Care Products
Unfortunately, the majority of shampoo pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0, and you’ll almost never spot pH values on the labels. If you have a scalp that tends to dry out (e.g. dandruff), a switch to pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner might be helpful 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
Proper shampooing not only removes oil and hair product buildup but it also helps cut 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 (usually the oiliest area). Depending on your length of hair, scrub between 30 and 60 seconds before rinsing.
The Best Shower Routine Is Incomplete Without...
After shampooing and conditioning, move down your body with a great pH-balanced body wash. Not only are these products more convenient than bar soap, but they also tend to be more moisturizing.
Choose a pH-Balanced Body Wash
Antibacterial and scented soaps, tend to contain harsh, unnatural ingredients (like parabens and phthalates) that can trigger sensitive skin. A great natural body wash, however, cleanses and restores 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 most people think. Unless you're showering after an intense workout session, your arms and legs are usually fine with a water rinse. When you lather 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. Either repurchase these each month or simply use your hands (or a washcloth) instead.
The Best Time to Shave
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 provides tons of lather while nourishing skin.
Keep the Self Care Going After Your Shower
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).
Use a Natural Body Lotion
Gentle patting 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.”
Your Skin Deserves the Very 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, our shower tips will help restore and beautify the skin you’re in.