We’ve all been told and have learned that during the winter months, we need to change our skin care routine – including overall body and skin care – and have undoubtedly tried things to change the way we care for our skin. Some things may have worked, while others may not have worked for our particular skin type so well. It begs the question, is there a specific order we should be following to properly care for our skin, and if so, what is it? Lucky for you, I’ve come up with a foolproof way to shower that will leave your skin moisturized, soft, gorgeous and problem free all winter long.
Washing your hair first will eliminate the possibility of residue saturating into your pores, and will also give the conditioner, once applied, time to saturate the hair and absorb the moisture. Shampoo your entire head thoroughly, rinse, and then repeat. I am a firm believer in washing your hair twice to remove buildup of hair products and to ensure clean, shiny hair. If you have curly hair or frizzy hair by nature, I encourage you to opt for a sulfate free shampoo, which won’t leave your strands a mess.
Step 2: Condition Your Hair From Root to Tip
Conditioner isn’t only meant for the ends of your hair, so forgo everything you’ve heard about conditioning the ends of the hair only, and lather this stuff on. Massage into the scalp first, and work the remaining conditioner throughout the rest of the hair, applying more where you need to. The conditioner is meant to also moisturize your scalp, which goes through battles of it’s own throughout winter such as itching, irritation, and dryness. Think of conditioner as a moisturizer for your scalp. Allow the conditioner to remain on the hair until later on in your shower – I will get to that a few steps down.
Step 3: Exfoliate the Skin
This step is paramount to maintaining beautiful, fresh skin throughout the winter months. Forget the loofah, known for developing bacteria and mold on and within the interior, and opt for something such as a simple sugar scrub for the body, ensuring you don’t use this on your face. For facial exfoliation, a good facial peeling mask can be applied once per week. This can be done once per week, and you can even create your own sugar scrub at home by using raw sugar or coconut sugar and some olive or coconut oil. Mix together, and work in circles all over the body. If you are going to opt for a store bought scrub, try to find one that is labeled as ‘body polish’ rather than ‘scrub’ for the ultimate in effectiveness, while maintaining a gentle quality. Exfoliation is important to ridding the body of dead skin and promoting new skin cell growth, leaving behind healthy, beautiful skin.
Step 4: Shave – With Conditioner
Forget those messy shaving creams and gels, and grab your bottle of conditioner. Using conditioner to shave will actually give you a closer shave, while ensuring your skin gets moisturized in the process. Shaving a while after you’ve been in the shower allows body hair time to soften and become more pliable, and easy to remove. Be sure to shave in the direction the hair grows to remove all of the hair without nicks or cuts – and shaving slowly will also ensure the same. Remember not to apply too much pressure to the skin with the razor, or you might remove a whole lot of skin rather than hair.
Step 5: Time to Wash Your Face
It is in this step where you will rinse the conditioner from your hair. Directly after rinsing out the conditioner fully, you need to wash your face immediately to ensure no excess conditioner is absorbed into the facial skin – which could cause acne and clog your pores. Use a soap free cleansing bar, such as Cetaphil, on your face to ensure no irritation and good hydration to the skin. Don’t scrub your face at all with your fingernails, rather, gently apply the cleanser and make small circles across your face and neck with your fingertips. Rinse with water.
Step 6: Time to Wash Your Body
Last but certainly not least, it’s time to lather your body and wash up. Rather than opting for drying soap products, you should instead use a soap free bar, such as Skin Milk, Olay, or Dove. There are many varieties available, and you can experiment with ones you like to see which is your favorite. Avoid soap bars at all costs, as these are undoubtedly drying, and can cause itchy, irritated skin – something nobody wants to deal with any more than they have to during the winter months.
After your shower, you should feel revived, fresh, and moisturized. Apply a good body cream or lotion as soon as you towel off to lock in moisture throughout the day. Also, apply a good moisturizer to your face and neck area, not forgetting to include the ears and behind the ears as well.
By following these simple tips, you will be well on your way to maintaining and having beautiful moisturized skin all winter through!