March 12th • Posted in Beauty
Although I’m coming to love bath time more and more recently (thanks Lush for making me rediscover my bathtub!), I’ve always been a shower kind of gal: no matter how hard I try, I rarely can just lay there and relax, take time for myself without doing anything at all. It just feels a waist of time to me, and I know I shouldn’t think of it that way, but I just can’t stay there with nothing to do – am I the only one?!
Whether you feel the same way or you just don’t own a bathtub, I think we shouldn’t still give up on a bit of pampering time for ourselves. I like it to be nice and easy and especially quick, but it doesn’t mean my skin doesn’t love a bit of care, or that showers can’t allow you to have some time for yourself and switch off! Actually there are so many products I like to use in the shower instead of in the bathtub, scrubs for example always feel better in the shower to me!
After many years of searching and trying I feel like I’ve mastered the “Pampering Shower” routine like a pro now: in fact I have a four step guide for you today, including my all time favourite pampering products that make relaxing and caring for your skin fun and quick! Ready?
The 7 Minutes Facial
Most of the face masks out there require 15 or 20 minutes of your time and although I sometimes like it, most times I want my home facial to be quicker, so when I look into buying new face masks I always go for the 5mins ones. They’re great because they are usually lighter and perfect also to reinvigorate your skin in the morning if you have a dull-complexion day, like the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, that acts in only 5 minutes and aims to lighten and tighten the skin with Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants: it creates a nice tingling foam when applied and also has a very uplifting orange smell which is always a plus! Also the Lavera 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask is a quick one acting in only 3 to 5 minutes and especially great for those who have oily skin or acne.
I usually like to top it off with a quick and easy face oil massage treatment: I especially love the Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil for its delicate rose scent. I massage it into my dry skin for a couple of minutes (that’s actually the most relaxing part!) to rehydrate it and just give it some love (and if you don’t know how to massage your face just check this out!). Then I rinse it off with a cloth and warm water and I’m ready for jumping into the shower.
The Scalp Massage
Weird one, right? However scalp scrubs seem to be great to keep scalp oiliness at bay while also helping with stimulating hair growth – totally worth a try to me!
The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub is a paraben, silicone and colorant free sea salt based scalp scrub with a lovely fresh scent. It feels very strange in consistency because is not as thick as body scrubs and it’s packed up with a little bit of oils that’s not what I’d usually put on my oily hair. However it feels nice to massage onto the scalp: it gradually melts on wet hair and creates a nice lather very easy to rinse out.
Although it’s meant to regulate scalp oiliness it still leaves my hair feeling nicely hydrated so it would probably be a good one for dry hair too, if used instead of a shampoo a couple of times per month!
Yes, you won’t be able to use bath oils or lovely-scented bath bombs in the shower, however you can still treat yourself to some nice aromatherapy without any fancy products, just picking up scents that relax you for shampoos and shower gels.
I’m a fan of lavender scents and I love how it also helps with setting me in bedtime mood in no time at all. The Garnier Lavender & Rose Shampoo is one of my favourite paraben-free shampoo picks, with its delicate and fresh lavender scent and being great to treat oily hair while also leaving it soft and silky.
As for shower gels the list is endless, but in this period of the year I’m completely in love with Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Cream, packed up with cocoa butter, orange and geranium oils. It just has the most relaxing scent ever!
For the body
As I said, I love my scrubs in the shower. Especially thick sugar based scrubs like all the & Other Stories body scrubs. I usually scrub my skin only once a week so when I do I like my scrubs to be thick and effective while also leaving my skin soft and without redness.
I am not the biggest fan of body butters after a shower because I usually like to jump straight into my clothes and hate having sticky legs and arms during the process. Luckily someone invented in-shower body conditioners! I really love Lush Ro’s Argan under this category, but I’m generally a fan of all of them if they allow me to quickly hydrate my skin without even stepping out of the shower and without leaving my skin sticky or oily.
I’m lazy that much!
That’s basically it, my pampering shower routine in 4 steps. I’m usually left feeling regenerated and completely relaxed – showers have nothing to envy to bathtubs indeed!
Are you a bath or shower kind of girl? x