How To Shower Your Way To Healthier Hair & Smoother Skin

Our top tips for a more streamlined, and effective shower routine.

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Showering is something everyone (hopefully) does on a daily basis, whether it is a 3-minute running-late-for-work scrub or a leisurely post-workout wash. And, while there’s no wrong way to shower, following a particular routine can not only save time but also put you on the fast track to healthier hair and smoother skin. Turns out, there’s a lot more to it than just soap and water. It’s all about choosing the right products and applying them in the right order.


So, if you’d like your shower to be a little more streamlined, and a less chaotic, keep scrolling for our top tips.

How to order your shower routine effectively

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Detangling your hair prior to showering is key because wet hair is weaker and more susceptible to breakage. It’s also important to dry brush your body to exfoliate the skin and remove your makeup before washing your face.

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Be sure to give your locks a thorough rinse, and then it’s time to lather up with a small dollop of shampoo. Work it through the roots and hairline, paying special attention to the neck, as this is where most of your hairs oil collects. If you’ve got super oily hair, shampoo twice. Then, finish off with conditioner.

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Firstly, always wash your body after you’ve thoroughly rinsed away all shampoo and conditioner. Why? It’ll help prevent excess product residue clogging your pores. Secondly, look for a moisturising body wash. As soon as you hop out of the shower and dry yourself off, the moisture on your skin starts to evaporate. So, an in-shower lotion can help seal in all that moisture.

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We can’t go past Dove’s Triple Moisturising Body Wash. It combines NutriumMoisture™ with mild cleansers to nourish and soothe, leaving you with baby soft skin after just one shower (yes, really). Its creamy consistency feels great on your skin, without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture. Even better, the aroma lingers for hours after you’ve towelled off. Not to mention, it’s super affordable and comes packaged in a decent sized bottle that lasts for months. Well, until your partner gets their hands on it, that is.

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A rushed shave is not pretty. You’re likely to end up cuts and ingrown hairs, which, let’s be honest, don’t really compliment your new tights. Try and replace your razor every five to seven shaves and never store it in the shower to ensure the cleanest shave possible.

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The longer you’re in the shower, the more time your pores have to open up. That’s why it’s best to save cleansing until last. Hello, squeaky-clean skin!

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