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How to Take a Shower

You probably take a shower almost every day. You might as well do it right.

Instructions

  • 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.

You Will Need

  • A natural-bristle body brush
  • A loofah
  • Soap or body wash
  • A bath towel
  • Moisturizer
  • A sauna
  • Rosemary oil
  • A pH-balanced cleanser
  • A 100% Egyptian cotton bath towel

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