What is the real definition of a good shower routine?
Let’s talk about showers, shall we? We all take them, but are you making the most of your shower time? There is so more to a good shower than just getting clean. Consider washing as a fundamental part of your beauty routine...
For that reason, I am revealing my top five easy and inexpensive ways to level up your shower routine. Read on to find out the details...
5 Tips For A Perfect Shower Routine
1. TURN DOWN YOUR WATER TEMPERATURE
I can admit it, hot, steamy showers are incredibly relaxing—but that does not necessarily mean that they are good for your skin and hair. Water that is too hot can do more damage than good, like stripping your skin and hair of natural essential oils, which can leave your hair feeling drier and skin looking dull. So, turn the dial down a few notches the next time you step into your shower. Try setting your water on a lukewarm temperature. I promise you will still be able to get clean, but your hair and skin will thank you for the break from all of the heat.
2. SHORTEN YOUR SHOWER
Once you feel the warm embrace of the water, you may want to stay in the shower forever. Showers that last for long periods of time, absolutely seem indulgent and refreshing, but it is causing more harm than good in the long run. If you stay in for too long, you run the risk of drying out your skin. Please, do right by your skin by cutting down on the length of your showers to 5-7 mins tops!
3. TRY A NOURISHING SYSTEM OF HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
Show your natural hair some serious love during your next shower by reaching for a nourishing system of shampoo and conditioner, like the a natural shea butter bar. Gently massage the soap bar into a thick lather and leave it on for 1-3 minutes before thoroughly rinsing out. Once or twice a week, treat your hair to a deep-conditioning hair mask.
4. DON’T DRY OFF IMMEDIATELY
Rather than reaching for your towel when you turn the shower off, take advantage of the water sitting on your skin. According to the AAD, the best time apply any moisturizer is when your skin is still damp, because this can help to lock in hydration. Before drying off, use a shea butter lotion stick from the Oh It's Natural Shea Butter Lotion Trio. Have your pick of three shea butter lotion sticks, based on your skin type, then prepare for the maximum skin hydration.
5. SHAVE YOUR LEGS THE RIGHT WAY
Shaving tends to be a total pain in the butt, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting silky, smooth legs. In order to improve your shaving experience, and your shower in general, you’ll want to learn the right way to shave your legs. Shaving correctly is key in avoiding razor bumps and irritation. Follow these 4 steps for your best shave yet:
Step 1: Soak your skin. Shaving shouldn’t be the start of your shower. Give your skin and hair time to get wet, and soften, before you begin.
Step 2: Use shaving cream. No more shaving with makeshift shower creams and gels. That means putting down the bar soap, body wash, and conditioner. Sticking with a product formulated specifically for shaving can help ensure your razor can glide without cutting your skin.
Step 3: Replace your razor. Razors and razor blades may get pricey, but it’s well worth it to replace them regularly. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should toss disposable razors after five to seven shaves, as this can help minimize irritation from dull blades.
Step 4: Take it slow. While you’re wielding a sharp object, it’s always a good rule not to rush. Take your time and be careful not to press too hard or move too quickly.