There’s nothing like a shower to help you greet the day and look your best for whatever the next 12 hours will bring. However, you might be surprised to learn that your shower routine can contribute to your overall health when done right! Whether you’re a master of the five-minute rinse or you love to spend 20 luxurious minutes under the spray, every once in a while, it’s good to give your routine a little shake-up to make sure your bathing habits are setting you and your body up for success.
To get you started, we’ve provided 8 shower tips that will add some extra punch to your morning routine.
Brush your hair first
Before you even step under the spray, take a moment to brush your hair. Shampoo and conditioner can actually add tangles to wet hair and cause you to miss spots that need cleaning. Brushing it out in advance means you go into your shower with detangled hair that’s ready for a thorough refresh. Moreover, massaging your scalp with your hairbrush can stimulate your hair follicles and promote growth and increased circulation to your scalp.
Get the water to the proper temperature
While it might be tempting to shower with ultra hot water for that squeaky clean feeling, this may have a harmful effect on your hair, skin and nails. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and can cause damage as you scrub your body. Lukewarm water helps your body retain its moisture and will still give you the rinse and reset you need.
Having trouble setting your ideal temperature? With a digital shower system, you can precisely select the warmth of your shower. And for an extra invigorating start to your day, try spending the final 30 seconds of your shower under cold water. Lower your shower system to its coldest setting to improve your circulation and lower your stress levels for the day.
Don’t pour shampoo on top of your head and call it quits—take a moment to thoroughly lather up instead! Depending on your hair length, pour a dime- to quarter-size amount of shampoo on your hands and work it through your hair for between 30-60 seconds. Make sure to get the nape of your neck and near your scalp, areas that typically build up the most oil between washes and need resetting before you start your day.
Conditioner is a critical part of your routine for maintaining hair health. It smooths down the cuticle and keeps your hair looking sleek and shiny. Take care to avoid your roots, as conditioner will make them look oily if it settles too close to your scalp.
Boost your morning mood with aromatherapy. Shower steamers and essential oils in scents like vanilla, lavender, jasmine, and bergamot can help relieve stress, while citrus-infused oils can energize you—and leave you smelling good all day long!
While exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth, it’s important that you don’t exfoliate every time you shower. You should only use exfoliating products once or twice a week; in between uses, bathe with a gentle washcloth or loofah for your day-to-day body wash.
Avoid strong chemical products
Strong chemicals in your bathing products can be damaging to your skin and hair. Look for natural ingredients or unscented soaps and scrubs; anything that will be directly applied to your skin should be gentle and nourishing.
Apply lotion immediately
When you get out of the shower, applying lotion while your skin is still slightly damp can help lock water and moisturizing formula into your skin. This will keep your skin looking healthy and avoid irritation long-term.
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