MY SHOWER ROUTINE: SHAVING, SKIN, HAIR & BODY CARE + PRODUCTS I USE
Hi guys, happy Tuesday!!
Today I thought we could talk about showering. Or more specifically, how to shower. I know, I know, this isn’t the most exciting or sexy topic (unless you want to actively picture it in your head, lol) but since most of us (hopefully) shower every day, I figured it’s an important part of our daily lives… So why not talk about it, right?
In this post, I’ll be going over all the products and steps I use to shave without getting razor bumps, wash my face, body and hair the optimal way, and make my shower an invigorating, pleasant experience.
Since I’m also a big fan of taking baths (so relaxing!!), I also included a few bath time rituals in case you guys are into that life as much as I am. So without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
BEFORE THE SHOWER
First things first: I always shower at night. Not only is it the best way I found to make my hair look full and voluminous the next day, without using any heating tools (more on that later), but I also really dislike the idea of going to bed dirty, if we’re being totally real. Before even entering the shower, I like to do a few things: First, I start my essential oil diffuser. I usually love a mix of peppermint-eucalyptus, rosemary-lemon, or, if I had a particularly stressful day, I like to wind down with lavender or frankincense, sometimes both. I like to turn on the diffuser at least 5-10 minutes before I shower, so the whole bathroom already smells nice when I get in.
While the shower is getting warm, I also remove my eye makeup if I’m wearing any, using my Neutrogena cream makeup remover. This is the only one I will use and I get really upset when I can’t have access to it. It takes makeup away really easily and without having to rub like a mad woman, AND it’s a cream, so it doesn’t leave that gross oily residue all oil makeup removers do, even if they say they don’t.
Lastly, right before getting in the shower, I brush my hair. That way, I don’t have to brush it after the shower, which is not recommended since wet hair is much more fragile than dry hair, and it’s well-known that brushing wet hair causes much more breakage.
In the shower
I like to start my shower with warm water on the hotter side. I like when the bathroom gets steamy, and I feel like it opens up my nose, so I can really breathe in the smells from the essential oils. Basically, I like my shower to feel like I’m at a spa.
If I’m taking a bath, that usually means I need to wind down and want to really take my time and relax, oftentimes to classical or lounge music. To make sure I can really chill the f*ck out and doze off quickly once I hit the bed, I like to sprinkle in a few drops of my L’Occitane lavender foaming bath. Lavender is known to be a really calming smell, and I don’t know if it’s psychological or not, but I feel like it really works after a particularly stressful day.
The first thing I do in the shower is wash my hair. There’s a few reasons why that comes first, the most important being that shampoo and conditioner are known to be quite comedogenic, meaning they block your pores. Since shampoo and conditioner touch your face, shoulders and back, you’ll want to be washing your body and face after your hair, so you don’t get pimples on your face and back.
For now, I mostly use the L’Oréal Elvive line (shampoo and conditioner) which does a great job, especially at such an affordable price. But I’m currently looking into more high-end options, since I feel like I should be paying as much attention to my hair as I do with my makeup and skincare. So if you have any recommendations for shampoo and conditionner that work well with damaged hair, please leave them in the comments section below. I also have a post coming on testing 5 high-end shampoo and conditioner duos and electing a big winner, so stay tuned if that’s something you’re interested in!
When I’m not using the L’Oréal Elvive line, I LOVE using the Christophe Robin cleansing volumising paste. This is a great example of a more expensive product that does WONDERS. Every time I use it, my hair looks SO full and voluminous, and also really clean. That product is also 85% natural and it smells like fresh roses, and it’s NOT tested on animals. That’s really something I try to be more aware of when purchasing beauty products. This is absolutely not sponsored, and I actually got mine in the Sephora Play box a few months ago. When I’m done with this mini, I think I’m going to splurge and get myself the full-size (and possible the conditionner, too) for when I want to feel (AND LOOK) my very best. Plus, let’s face it, it’s a little extra and makes me feel bougie AF when I use it.
Two to three times a week, I also do a hair mask, either the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair or the Phyto Paris Phytokeratin Extreme Exceptional Mask. They’re both for damaged hair, and I love alternating them to give myself a little bit of variety. I usually keep my hair masks on for WAY longer than the recommended time, so I only rinse them off at the very last second.
When I’m done with the hair, I move on to the next step: Shaving. I used to start with this step, because I’m a total hair phobic (lol), but I realized that I actually get a closer shave if I let the heat of the shower “soften” the whole situation. I know it sounds a little weird, but try it and thank me later. As I mentioned, I’m totally grossed out with body hair, so I shave my legs, armpits and the downstairs gym every day. Since that can be a little hard on the skin (especially in the more sensitive areas), I came up with a few tips to avoid razor bumps and painful nicks.
First, I always use a men’s razor. I’ve done so since I was maybe 14 and borrowed my dad’s razor in a pinch (with a clean blade, no one freak out) and realized this was a whole other game. As of now, I use a good old Gillette Fusion 5, and the second they come out with a razor that has 6 blades, I’ll be the first bitch in line to get it. Since I really appreciate a close shave and hate cutting myself, I change my blade quite regularly, as soon as the little green stripe start being not so green anymore.
But here’s the real game-changer when it comes to shaving: the Aveeno Therapeutic shave gel. For years, I used to shave with the pink, fragrant shaving creams they sell everywhere, and it was not a good situation. I discovered this Aveeno shaving gel maybe 2 years ago, as I was doing research for something that would help with razor bumps, when I found this… And it COMPLETELY changed my life. I’m not even exaggerating! They have 2 versions, one with the dark blue cap and one with the light blue cap, and they both work very, very well. If you ever see me use something else, it’s probably because Aveeno discontinued this product, and I’ll probably be crying as I shave every day. Seriously though, that’s the best shaving tip I could give, and I always tell everyone about this shaving gel, because it’s just that good.
Once I’m done shaving, I rinse my hair if I have a hair mask on, and then I wash my body, using a loofah sponge. I know there’s a lot of talk about how they can keep bacteria and all, which is why I change mine every month or so… But I love using a sponge. I just feel like it allows me to exfoliate without really thinking about it, and it also allows me to use less product and get a really nice lather. I’m just a big fan of the hole experience. Since I change my sponge quite often, I get them in packs of 3, on Amazon (right here) and I love these specific ones because they’re very dense and stiff. There’s nothing that irritates me more than washing myself with a flaccid, gross sponge, ha!
As of now, I usually use Olay’s body wash, because I love their scents, but I recently realized Olay tests on animals, so I’ll be looking for a new one to replace it as soon as I’m done with this bottle. If you guys have any recommendations for a body wash that smells GREAT and isn’t tested on animals, please let me know in the comment section below. One other product that I love for when I want to pamper my skin is L’Occitane’s Almond shower oil, which reminds me of my childhood and leaves my skin feeling SO soft.
Once I’m done with the hair and body, I end up with my face. You guys know I’m crazy about my skincare, so I always make sure my face is the last thing I touch before getting out of the shower, so there are no other products touching it afterwards, and I can move on right away to the rest of my skincare routine, after my shower. I use a few different face wash products, each for a different purpose: When I want to make sure I have clear skin, I use my favourite First Aid Beauty product, the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay. When I want super glowy skin, I use the Ole Henriksen Face the Truth gel cleanser. Lastly, when I need a bit of extra exfoliation to reduce the look of my pores and all that good stuff, I use Kate Sommerville’s Exfolikate Daily Foaming wash.
The last thing I do when I get out of the shower is turn off the hot water almost completely and enjoy about a minute of cold water dripping on me. This is not only really good for blood circulation and skin health, but it feels super reviving and invigorating. I also find that for some reason, it helps me with feeling less cold when I get out of the shower in the winter, and in the summer, it feels really great to feel cold for a bit before heading back to the LA heat (no, we don’t have AC).
After the shower
As soon as I turn off the cold water, I like to wrap myself right away in 2 towels to warm myself up a little bit. One towel for my hair, and one towel for my body. I usually start my skincare routine right away (check out the full routine here), and do stuff like brushing my teeth and towel-drying my hair and body in between the steps, to let the different products really absorb into my skin before putting on the next one. I also recently added a fan like this one to my routine, to make my skincare products dry/absorb a little faster - my routine does have a few steps, ha!
Right after my skincare, I apply the L’Oréal Elvive hair oil to the bottom half of my hair, while it’s still somewhat wet. It really helps make my strands shiny and silky soft, without making my hair oily at all - as long as you apply it on wet hair. I don’t brush my hair while it’s wet, not to damage it, which is why I always brush it before the shower, to get rid of any knots beforehand. I also find that this tip makes my hair look more voluminous when I get up the next day. And yes, if you’re wondering, I always sleep on my wet hair. Not only do I stay farrrrr away from heating tools (as I mentioned above), but I also personally find that that’s the way my hair looks the best the next morning.
My next step is applying moisturizer all over my body. I alternate between 2 Aveeno moisturizers, this one that smells like coconut (insert heart-eye emoji), and this one that smells literally like apricot yogurt (not pictured because the jar looked a little… beat up - lol). As you can tell, I really love Aveeno products for my skin, and this isn’t even sponsored. Sasha just got them both for me one day when he was out running errands and I texted him to please get me some moisturizer (yes, he’s a keeper, ha!). At first, when I saw he picked up beige bottles, I was a little bummed out, because I LIFE FOR a yummy fragrance, and I thought these ones would smell like grandma’s moisturizer. But when I opened them up and realized they both smelled HEAVENLY, I was super happy, and I haven’t looked back since. I love that they smell like a “trendy” moisturizer, but they’re actually really good for your skin and recommended by dermatologists and all that good stuff.
So that’s it guys, these are all the little things I do in the shower, before and after, and I find that having a shower routine really makes it easy and actually becomes so familiar that it really doesn’t take that long. I can very well take a shower (including the before and after steps) in 15-20 minutes if I don’t waste time singing and dancing in the shower - LOL. But most days I try to actually not rush, because I do enjoy taking care of myself and it makes me feel good, physically and mentally.
Since I sleep in the nude, I usually just hang out in my robe, spending time with Sasha until it’s time to go to bed…
What’s your shower routine, if you even have one? I’m dying to know if you guys have any tips I didn’t mention! Please let me know if I missed anything in the comment section below!
Love you guys,