Written by Tenley Haraldson
Medically Reviewed By Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr.Julie Jackson.
It’s where you get energized, wash off your workout, and unwind after a long day, but many people don't know how to shower correctly. In fact, when it comes to your shower routine, there's a lot more to it than "wash and rinse."
In order to get glowing skin, try the following dermatologist-recommended shower routine steps.
What to Do Before a Shower
Adding a couple of minutes to your bath routine will go a long way towards improving your skin health.
1. Use a Dry Brush
Using a natural-bristle brush, start from the bottom of each body part and work 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 to avoid irritation.
For normal skin, consider incorporating dry brushing into your shower skin care routine 1-2 times per week. A silk Turkish “kese mitt” is a gentler option for sensitive skin.
2. Take off Your Makeup
Our shower tips wouldn't be complete without recommending makeup removal before stepping into the shower. You really don't want to hop out with "raccoon eyes."
3. Mask Up!
If you never seem to have the time for face masks, apply one before getting in the shower. Since the recommended period is around 5-10 minutes, you’ll have enough time to wash your hair and body before rinsing it off.
4. Turn Down the Temperature
Scalding water lovers, we’ve got some news for you: Hot water temps strip away your skin's natural oils and can 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.
Most physicians recommend keeping your shower under 105ºF. But because it’s difficult to measure shower temperatures, 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. Gradually work your way down the temperature scale (from hotter to cooler).
5. Brush Your Hair
If your hair is prone to tangling, brush it before hopping in the shower. Make sure you're brushing from the bottom and working your way upwards to remove snarls. We recommend a vent brush instead of a comb.
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6. Invest in a Shower Filter
A good shower routine may require 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
Before you reach for a shampoo bottle, get your hair wet for 30-60 seconds. This will improve the cleaning process by loosening grime and product buildup.
Use Your Shampoo Correctly
Proper shampooing removes oil and hair product buildup while eradicating oil trapped in pores. Squirt a quarter-sized amount of shampoo into hands, lather, and work into your scalp along the roots. Pay extra attention behind your ears and along your nape (usually the oiliest areas). Depending on your length of hair, you should scrub for about 30-60 seconds before rinsing.
Choose pH-Balanced Shower Routine Products
Though your hair tends to have a pH level of approximately 3.5, your scalp's is around 5.5 (and extremely sensitive to changes). Try to find products that land somewhere in between these values.
Unfortunately, the majority of shampoo pH levels are between 6.0 and 7.0 – but you'll rarely see them listed on 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 by biochemists to reduce irritation, dryness, and itchiness.
Be Sure to Use Conditioner
Contrary to what you may have been told, conditioner is an extremely important part of hair care. Not only does it keep your hair shiny, but it also smooths your cuticle and protects against oxidative stress. Spread it evenly along the ends of your hair (but avoid the scalp/roots). Let it sit for approximately one minute and rinse.
Rinse with Cool Water
Cold water is ideal for sealing your hair cuticles – and that promotes bouncy, shiny hair. If you can't handle a blast of cold water, gradually turn the temperature down until it's comfortably cool.
Next, Wash Your Face
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, but it's best to use cool/cold water to close pores.
The Best Shower Routine Is Incomplete Without Body Wash
Not only is pH-balanced body wash more convenient than bar soap, but it also it tends to be more moisturizing.
Sensitive skin should avoid using "antibacterial" and "scented" soaps since these tend to contain ingredients like sulfates, triclosan, and synthetic fragrances which can trigger dermatological issues. Our 98.6% Natural Body Wash cleanses and restores your skin's pH balance without stripping away the natural oils that keep things smooth and hydrated.
How Much Body Wash Should I Use?
Most people use too much body wash. If you use too much, you may have a hard time washing it all off – and you can strip skin of its natural oils. A quarter-sized spurt should actually get most people clean.
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: Loofahs can harbor bacteria, yeast, and mold. You can repurchase them every month – or use your hands/a clean washcloth instead.
Get a Closer Shave at the End of Your Bath Routine
Break out the razor at the end of your shower. That's when your body hair has had enough time to soften. We recommend a natural shaving formula that provides tons of lather while nourishing skin.
Apply Lotion as Part of Your After Shower Routine
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson MD, FAAD states that applying a natural skin moisturizer within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower helps to prevent dehydration caused by "transepidermal water loss.”
From your nose to your toes, gentle pats leave behind enough moisture for your natural lotion to seal in moisture. This daily shower routine also helps prevent certain dermatological issues (we're looking at you, wrinkles).
You Deserve the Best Shower Routine Products
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