During the week I like a no fuss shower routine...
as time is usually limited and I don’t have the luxury of spending ages in the shower to pamper myself, compared to my weekend routine which is like a mini spa in my bathroom. So during the week I use a few effective products to get the best results for my face and body.
My shower routine consists of all natural products that are gentle on my skin and non-irritating. When choosing products to use in the shower I opt for as clean possible, this ranges from organic, non-toxic or recyclable products. Since making the switch to clean skincare for my shower routine I have found it has done so much to improve the appearance of my skin. Now my skin is glowing and so smooth. There are also less bumps and skin irritations, especially after shaving. The overall tone of my skin has evened out to a clearer appearance, basically my chocolate skin is looking good!!
There are so many natural alternatives out on the market from face washes to shower gels that are kinder to your skin. Also local supermarkets are now starting to stock natural skincare ranges making the shopping process a lot more convenient. I use just five products that are a vital part of my skincare routine.
1. Dr Bronner’s Citrus Liquid Soap
I discover this products a few months ago and I use it as a shower gel. Even though the product is marketed as a soap, it actually is in a liquid form and the consistency is more watery than traditional shower gels. To use Dr Bronner’s Citrus Liquid Soap you have to dilute it with water. A great benefit of diluting the formula is it lasts for ages. What I love about this shower gel is the ingredients list is organic with no nasty chemicals.
The Citrus liquid soap will leave your skin so clean and refreshed. You can even use the liquid soap for your hair and face. Taking it a step further it can be used as a household cleaning product, to do your laundry and as a washing up liquid! I have not tried it out as a household product yet, I will let you guys know how I get on with using it to do the dishes.
2. REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
The formula of this facewash is light, but don’t let that fool you. The gentle cleansing gel is great at cleaning my face whilst maintaining the moisture and it also works wonders at removing those last stubborn bits of make-up that won’t shift after using a make-up remover.
I use a few pumps and gently cleanse my face before removing with warm water. I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin since switching to this facewash.
3. Primal Beauty Body Scrub
This is one of the best body scrubs I have ever used as the granules of the body scrub are not too big, this means the exfoliation process is thorough but gentle at the same time. The Primal Beauty Body scrub contains 100% natural ingredients such as oats, shea butter and lemongrass.
I always use this scrub after shaving or using my hair removal exfoliator pads. Body scrubs are a must, especially after hair removal as it stops in-growing hairs and bumps forming.
The body scrub grains are just the right size to remove dead skin and it is also gentle enough to be used as a facial scrub. After using the body scrub my skin is smooth and soft.
4. Aloe Vera gel
I have been using Aloe Vera gel for years. Especially after the hair removal process, it’s a staple part of my shower routine. A few dabs of gel on the area and it stops my sensitive skin from becoming sore or irritated as it helps to calm the skin. Using Aloe Vera gel on the skin is known to reduce Itching and inflammation.
5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The final stage of my weekday shower routine is applying extra virgin olive oil on my damp skin as soon as I get out of the shower. My skin tends to be dry, so the oil helps to lock in the moisture before I apply my moisturiser. If I miss this step within an hour my dark skin is all white and ashy and this is not a good look. When choosing a body oil you can select one which suits the needs of your skin. Coconut oil is a bit lighter and might suit people with a normal skin type. If you suffer from extremely dry skin then organic castor oil would work better as it is a heavier oil.
That is my straight forward weekday shower routine, simple clean products that produce fabulous results. What’s your clean skincare shower routine?