The Perfect Shower Routine for Healthy Skin
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We’ve read many blog articles describing perfect skincare routines, and they all start after showering and focus only on the face. But skin exists in places other than the face, so let’s focus on the rest of the skin on our bodies that also deserve the same care. Showering seems to be the simplest and straight forward part of your beauty routine, however, to enjoy all of the potential skin boosting benefits of that process, dermatologists say there's a right way to do things.
It is recommended to exfoliate before getting in the shower to remove dead skin cells and prep the skin for the upcoming products, it will help the products absorb into the skin more effectively. One of the best ways is through dry brushing, but if you're not familiar with this technique, here is a blog article with the basics.
Step 2: Body Mask
Apply a body mask right before the shower, 10 – 15 minutes before, and rinse off in the shower. A body mask can help with all different kinds of skin concerns – acne, dry skin, irritation, and sun damage. Choose the right one for you. Some are formulated to exfoliate and brighten the skin, and others will soften and hydrate. It will also help with irritation after hair removal.
Ingredients like shea butter or hyaluronic acid are perfect for hydrating, and lactic or glycolic acid is great for brightening and smoothing the skin. However, if you have any skin condition, please consult your doctor first.
Step 3: Get in the Shower & Turn Down the Temperature
Your skin prefers cold or lukewarm water. The benefits are that your skin becomes firmer, allows your skin to retain its natural oils without drying out. Also, if you plan to shave, warm water causes the hair to become softer which makes it easier to shave and helps to prevent shaving irritation.
Do your go-to hair routine and apply shower gel. Avoid shower gels containing alcohol, it will dry out your skin. Also, avoid scented soaps if your skin is sensitive. Find a pH-balanced body wash that is more convenient than bar soap and is more moisturizing. Don’t use a large amount of soap, it will harm your skin, so a quarter-sized spurt should get most people clean.
Step 4: Get a Closer Shave (totally optional!)
This step is optional depending on your hair preferences, but if you do want to shave, we recommend doing it at the end of the shower, that's when your body hair has had enough time to soften. To prep the skin, we recommend using our Shaving Foam formula. It conditions skin and protects the sensitive areas from irritation and razor burn. It will also reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs and hydrates the skin. Plus, it has a fresh smell… watermelon 🍉
Step 5: Aftercare
Out of the shower, apply lotion to your body as a finishing touch to your routine. Dermatologists suggest that applying a natural skin moisturizer within 3 minutes out of the shower helps to prevent dehydration caused by transepidermal water loss.
If you did shave, apply an after-shaving lotion to soothe nicks and tears that will allow the skin to heal naturally. We recommend our best-seller Viblok Skin Defense Lotion. It will also provide immediate relief from irritation while moisturizing the skin. Lastly, it will strengthen the effect of the shaving foam on preventing ingrown hairs.
VIBLOK® Creative Team