Updated: 4 days ago
As I was showering last night, I began reveling in how much I absolutely adore and value my nightly shower routine. It can be quite extensive, but when I go the extra mile to make it special, I never regret that decision.
Everything from basking in the steamy water, the scented candles I love to burn or podcasts I enjoy listening to while beginning the end of my night just brings me so much joy. In fact, I would go as far as to say that my nightly shower is my favorite part of my day.
Without going into too much unsavory detail, I wanted to share my shower routine with you ladies in the event you want to romanticize bath time a bit more.
Disclaimer: I obviously don't do every single one of these things every night, but I certainly try my darnedest!
So, let's jump in! To the shower that is ;)
First, we must robe up ladies! Silk robe or plush robe, whatever you choose, wearing a robe is a great way to start your evening de-glam.
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I always start by searching on my phone for a podcast, audiobook, or music playlist to enjoy while I take my shower. Right now, I'm listening to, "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough." It's such a crack up and honestly, I would suggest it for any of you single ladies out there. You may not agree with everything she says, but I'm always an advocate for expanding your mind and perspective.
I'm also enjoying "French Lounge Cafe" on YouTube. It just whisks me away to a cafe in Paris and I love getting into that romantic energy to close out my evening.
I then like to put my phone on its phone stand. I don't know why but it feels more...official than simply resting it on the counter.
Then, I choose a candle from my collection to burn for the evening. I don't like to pick anything too strong because my bathroom really isn't big enough for a heavily scented candle to permeate the space. I often choose something light, rose scented and small, so as to get wafts of it as I continue preparing, but so as to NOT get a headache.
The next thing I do is a trick I learned a few months ago. And that is, I drop a few drops of my favorite essential oil around my shower, so that when the steam hits, it will activate the scent of the oils and I'll breathe it in and reap the benefits.
I currently love "Stress Relief" by Sage Wellness, but you could find much more affordable oils on Amazon.
You could either do this, or purchase a eucalyptus leaf to hang around your shower head as well.
Once I'm in my shower, which is usually warm, bordering on hot, I do my first soap up.
Now, there are arguments about whether or not using a wash cloth in the shower is necessary or not. I will say, that I do use a washcloth. I find it much more effective than a loofah and it really does the job, if you know what I mean.
Just make sure that you don't use the same wash cloth several days in a row, and that you have a different wash cloth for your face. For obvious reasons.
After my first soap up and rinse, I take this time to wash or co-wash my hair.
I'm currently on a bit of a hair growth journey so I'm trying to treat my hair with extra love these days. Which of course, involves conditioning my curls to no end.
My Co-Wash Method:
I part my hair in half horizontally, and condition the bottom half of my hair thoroughly from the roots to tips. Then, I repeat the conditioning with the top half of my hair.
I then twist my hair up and use a clip to hold it while I allow the conditioner to rest and soak into my hair.
I'm currently loving the Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow &Restore shampoo and conditioner.
While the conditioner is seeping into my scalp, now, I go in for my SECOND soap up! Yup, that's right. I love to do pretty much everything twice in the shower. I don't know what it is, but something about doing it twice makes me feel like I've really made most of my time in the shower.
I'm chuckling as I type this because it is kind of strange, but I truly do like doing everything twice.
It's at this point that I shave everything that needs to be shaved. I recently purchased a new shaver that is meant specifically for sensitive skin. I've found that while it works really well for underarms, it really is no match for my leg hair. We may have to return to using a men's shaver. Which, by the way ladies, does a WAY better job than any women's shaver on the market.
Also, is "shaver" the appropriate word? Or is it razor? Regardless, the men's ones are better.
After I've finished shaving, I then do my facial scrub. Remember, I still haven't washed out my conditioner!
Right now, I'm doing my facial scrub in the shower and then cleanser when I get out of the shower. But I don't exfoliate every night, because it can be too harsh on the skin. If you struggle with problematic skin, your best bet will usually be to answer your skin's irritation with gentleness, not abrasiveness. Much like life.
There are plenty of scrubs you can use, but I would caution against using anything too harsh on your skin or anything that has ingredients you don't recognize. I truly believe in investing in your skincare because at the end of the day, you'll never regret it. I never do.
I currently use the pineapple enzyme scrub from Dermaplus, but I have also used drugstore beauty as well.
These are great options when it comes to drugstore skincare: (though I would caution against using St. Ives, my esthetician says it's the worst!)
Aveeno Brightening Scrub (I love this one!)
Now, I take down my hair clip and wash out the conditioner that's been soaking for the last several minutes.
I absolutely love this part because my hair feels so soft and silky and it's the only time I can run my fingers through my very thick hair!
Once I've washed all the conditioner out, I squeeze out all the water and throw it back up into the clip!
Then, water goes off, towel goes on et voila! My shower is done and I'm fresh and ready for bed.
That's all for today loves!
I hope you enjoy these tips and take time to enjoy your daily shower!
Love you all so much.