Hello my loves, I hope you’re all safe and well! Today I wanted to share with you my current shower and body care routine, because I love reading up on other people’s, in search of new products that can help to make my showers more luxurious and my body care routine more effective for my dry skin.
I have also included some feminine hygiene tips in this blog post. Disclaimer – I am not a gynaecologist! None of the tips or the information that I provide should be used against anything that your doctors have advised. These are just things that have worked for me that I really want to share with you 🙂
My routine orientates around ensuring my skin is smooth and throughly moisturised. As I have eczema, using products that aren’t irritating is incredibly important to me! I also like to concentrate on finding products that aid with lifting pigmentation because as a child I literally had a new scar or cut every freaking day! Guess that’s the price I had to pay for a fun childhood, huh?
Let’s get into my shower and body care routine.
Every other week
Pre-quarantine my go-to hair removal option was waxing but during lockdown I had to find another alternative. Shaving has never been my thing as my hair would grow back in literally no time at all, but I have found hair removal cream to be both effective and kind to my sensitive skin.
Veet’s hair removal cream has been my ride or die for the past couple of months. You apply an even layer over your selected area, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Test to see if the hair lifts or not at the halfway mark and then use a cloth to wipe before getting into the shower. So, my shower routine begins before I get in the shower. This is literally the most satisfying thing! This one is their BodyCurv formula made specifically for the bikini and underarm areas, which I picked up from Superdrug for £7.35.
I love hair removal cream because it dissolves the hair from the root. Like waxing it takes much longer for the hair to grow back in comparison to shaving. When the hair does grow back, it is much finer, fewer, and softer! The reason I love the Veet cream in particular is because it is so gentle on my sensitive skin. No burns in this corner! It also feels really good on the skin and my legs always feel so soft afterwards.
P.s. If you do still prefer shaving, I recommend picking up a men’s razor over a woman’s razor. The blades on men’s razors are angled in a particular way which gives them a much closer shave and giving you a couple days extra before you slam dunk right into prickle-town.
Also – let’s talk shaving gel. You need it if you are shaving. I used to love the Gillette Satin Care with Olay Shaving Gel Vanilla which is £3.99 at Superdrug. Shaving gel helps to prevent any missed patches of hair and it is also is super moisturising – you’ll come out with baby smooth legs, and who doesn’t want that?
3/4 times a week
The next thing that deal with is my hair. The reason I like doing this so early is because it gives the conditioner the maximum amount of time to sit in my whilst I do the rest of my shower routine.
I do not wash my hair with shampoo on a daily basis, however I do like to refresh it a couple of times a week with conditioner to manage tangles and keep it feeling fresh!
As of late I’ve been loving the Cantu conditioner for this. It is super basic, but it leaves tangles a distant memory and my hair feeling so soft. I load up the conditioner into my hair, and it provides me with that slip that I need to detangle. I then tie it up for the duration of my shower. I rinse at the end, leaving 20% of the product in my hair. I buy the salon size which you can find on Amazon for £11.64.
P.s. You can use an actual co-washes which will give you a better clean, but I never struggle with product buildup badly enough to need a wash before my actual wash day. But, if you are someone who does need something in between washes, I have tried the As I am Naturally Coconut CoWash and really did enjoy it! It left my hair feeling very clean yet not stripped. It’s super nourishing and soft. You can find it at Superdrug for £11.99.
2/3 times a week
Exfoliation is vital to my shower and body care routine…it keeps me smooth and is very effective in helping me to get rid of the scaring on my legs. I have tried sooo many body scrubs in the past, looking for something that’ll work whilst not irritating my skin.
That’s how I found the Sanctuary Spa’s hot sugar scrub!
I love this because it is infused with thermal Zeolite and Kaolin clay. This scrub works totally differently to your average salt scrubs! The clay is the star ingredient here. It works to deeply cleanse and absorb excess oils and skin cells (great for anybody dealing with body acne).
Simultaneously, the thermal Zeolite makes this scrub self-heating! It is always such a pleasure to use as it feels so luxurious – it feels like I’m at the spa for real. This scrub does contain ultra-fine granolas of organic sugar which also help to buff away dead skin. It still remains very creamy!
To top it all off, this scrub smells so warm and clean…literally my favourite thing ever and I want everyone to try it! You’ll thank me when you’re lying in bed with fresh sheets and can’t stop touching your baby smooth legs! I pick mine up from Boots for £13.00.
P.s. Always exfoliate before you do any sort of hair removal! That is how you get the best results.
I have always been a Dove body wash girl. It must be something in their formula that just works with me. Bonus: it is so affordable! My cabinet is stacked with back up’s and different scents. However, my favourite has got to be the original: deeply nourishing body wash.
This creates a great lather on my body, but it is not stripping. It is a sulfate-SLES-free wash and is incredibly creamy. It feels super moisturising and gentle – my skin loves it! It should not irritate your skin, but they do have sensitive formulas if you are worried. Always patch test! I love using African bath sponges or exfoliating gloves to wash – they make me feel extra clean. Loofa’s and wash clothes just don’t do it the same.
This body wash smells so clean and it always leaves my skin feeling super happy. You can pick it up at Superdrug for £3.99. I also really love their ‘nourishing silk’ and their ‘shea butter and warm vanilla’ scents. They all have a similar consistency, and they feel so pampering-ly heavenly on the skin its not even a joke.
We all know that the vagina is self-cleansing, but that’s the inside – not the outside! So, we need to ensure that we are actually cleansing properly. I know that a lot of women do like to just use water to wash. That is fine, but I personally like to go in with a gentle cleanser because it makes me feel cleaner.
There are so many brands on the market that advertise themselves to be safe for the downstairs area. But, if their products are fragranced, or are full of sulphates, extracts, oils and other ‘extra’ ingredients, you should probably stay away from them. Our feminine areas are really sensitive and anything could knock them off.
On the same wavelength, do not use the scented body washes that you use all over your body for your feminine regions. They often contain ingredients which will disrupt your natural pH balance, making you prone to irritations and infections.
I know a lot of women like to buy products that help with odour. If you fall into this category, it is important to know that our vagina’s aren’t supposed to smell like flowers or cookies or fruits or whatever the heck is marketed on products these days. They’re supposed to sell like coochie!
But, if you feel like your odour is concerning, you should speak to a doctor who may be able to advise you on probiotics or other medicinal ways to solve the situation from the inside-out. Don’t buy fragranced sprays or wipes! They will only irritate you further and make the problem worse. Always speak to a doctor!
Personally, I use the Aveeno daily moisturising body wash to cleanse because it is so, so gentle! It is soap-free, helps to maintain the skin’s natural balance and doesn’t have any fragrances in it’s formula, making it totally suitable for sensitive skin – as well as making it suitable for downstairs. It cleanses without stripping or drying out the skin. It doesn’t lather and is really thick and creamy. I pick it up from Superdrug for £9.59.
This is the only wash that I can use on my feminine area, I just don’t agree with the other stuff on the market. When washing it is important to apply product externally and not internally. Do not do any washing inside of you – no douching!
I love washing my face in the shower. In combination with the steam and warm water, it just adds to the whole pampering shower experience!
I have tried so many face washes, and I have arrived at the conclusion that gentle and simple washes work best for my skin. Washes with too many added ingredients just aggravate my skin and push me towards a major breakout.
I have been loving the Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser, which is a bargain at £4.99 from Superdrug. This is not a cleanser for anybody with combination skin and defiantly not a cleanser for anybody with oily skin. It doesn’t lather, and it is is really creamy and really gentle on the skin. It almost feels like it is not doing anything, but it cleanses without destroying the natural moisture barrier and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. I recommend it to anybody with sensitive or dry skin!
Feet, feet, feet. The final step in my shower routine.
In my last blog post I talked about how I was trying to make the most of lockdown – which you can read more about here. One thing that I’ve been trying to do is to become more self-sufficient. Whilst I couldn’t get any pedicures, I had to find products that help me to get the same results.
I use the NYK1 foot file which I purchased from Amazon for £13.95. The foot file is really effective in removing dead skin cells, keeping your feet as smooth as they can be. This file in particular has a really sturdy build and has a large surface area. This is great for covering lots of ground at all angles of your feet without having to spend a lot of time doing so. This is one of the best files I’ve ever picked up!
Before using a foot file, it is really important to have something on your skin in order to prevent overdoing it and cutting the skin. It is a similar philosophy to using shaving cream before shaving. I love Soap and Glory’s Heel genius which features really moisturising ingredients that give a lot of slip such as: allantoin, glycerin and macadamia oil.
This product also doubles up as a great overnight foot cream, as it helps to soften any rough skin and nourish dryness. I love it and have repurchased it many times from Boots where it retails for £6.00.
After all of those great, nourishing products that I used in the shower routine, I have to lock it all in with body care. My body cream is a concoction of many different things. Let me show you!
I use the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion, which I pick up from Superdrug for £5.99. I love, love, love this body cream. It is very rich, delivering intense moisture yet has an incredibly quick-absorbing and thin formula. The non-greasy cream has a delicious warm, cocoa scent and makes your body glow. This cream is my holy grail and I have used it for years – it doesn’t aggravate my eczema or irritate my skin.
Into this lotion, I poured in some Bio oil, which is a specialist skincare oil that is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing and dehydrated skin. It has a great blend of some of the best ingredients: Vitamin A and E, Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oils, which all help to nourish and protect the skin. It also contains PurCellin Oil which makes the mixture non-greasy and easy to use. You can pick it up from Superdrug for £16.99.
I also add in some of The Ordinary’s Glycolic acid toner into the lotion, which we all know is an all star babe for brightening, evening out skin tone and skin texture. This toning solution has a 7% concentration, providing mild exfoliation. It also features some other star ingredients: Amino Acids, Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Tasmanian Pepperberry. I picked up mine from Deciem’s website for £6.80.
Finally, some of The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid (+B5) serum! I’m sure you know all about the benefits of this skincare gem, but I bet you never thought to try it on your bod! Think long lasting hydration and serious skin smoothing. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means that it attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water – soft and healthy skin otw! You can pick it up from Deciem’s website for £5.90.
After using body scrubs in the shower it is really important to use an SPF throughout the day to prevent further damaging your skin. You wouldn’t walk out without an SPF after exfoliating your face, so why any different for your body? Your body care routine is just as important as your shower routine.
Currently, I am using the Organic Aloe Vera Sun Lotion with SPF25 which protects against UVA and UVB rays. It is enriched with nourishing Avocado and jojoba oil and is free from artificial perfumes, colours, SLS, and parabens. You can get it for £12.49 from Amazon.
Never skip this step! There is no point in having a good shower and body care routine if you aren’t going to finish up with deodorant to keep odour at bay. I am yet to find the deodorant that I would class as ‘the one’, but I am thoroughly enjoying Dove’s apple & White Tea Antiperspirant Deodorant.
I just need you all to get a whiff of this because it just smells elite. The day Dove come out with a body wash in this fragrance you will see me hauling like you have never seen me before.
I don’t sweat much, but I love smelling fresh. This deodorant promises to keep sweats at bay for 48-hours. I don’t know about forty-eight hours, but I it does last a long time! I never have to reapply (but I do anyway because it just smells so good).
I picked mine up from Boots for £1.90.
That is my entire shower and body care routine! I know it sounds like a lot but believe me it literally goes by so quickly when I’m in there singing and dancing my life away!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it enlightened you on some products you may not have thought to use, or taught you something knew! I would love to know your shower routines or any tips you may have! Feel free to share them 🙂
See you soon,