You probably take a shower almost every day. You might as well do it right.
Step 1: Dry brush your skin Before showering, rub your skin with a natural-bristle body brush to loosen dead skin. Start at your feet and brush upward.
Step 2: Regulate the water Adjust the water to a warm temperature; very hot water dries out the skin.
TIP: If you have access to a sauna, spend five minutes beforehand working up a sweat to open your pores.
Step 3: Wash your hair first Wash your hair first and body last. Scrubbing strips your skin of some of its natural oils -- after which you don't want it exposed to harsh, hot water for long.
Step 4: Lather up a loofah Lather up a loofah with the cleanser of your choice. Because it dries completely between uses, it's less likely to attract bacteria than a washcloth. Plus, it exfoliates your skin.
TIP: If you have dry or sensitive skin, use a pH-balanced cleanser.
Step 5: Scrub down Scrub your body from top to bottom, in that order. You want the dirt to head down the drain!
TIP: Add rosemary oil to your loofah and rub any dimply areas. Fluid retention contributes to cellulite, and rosemary is a natural diuretic.
Step 6: End with a cold blast Give your body a five-second blast of cold water right before you turn off the water; it improves circulation and helps tighten skin.
Step 7: Pat yourself dry Gently pat yourself dry with a bath towel; you don't want to rub away your skin's natural oils.
TIP: Towels made of 100% Egyptian cotton are stronger, softer, and more absorbent than those made of other fabrics.
Step 8: Apply moisturizer For better absorption, apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
FACT: The average shower in the United States lasts 8.2 minutes.