We’d all like to think we’re doing the best we can to keep our skin in tip-top condition. But unfortunately, life has a funny way of wrecking the best of intentions. If you’d like to look after your skin but work, kids, study, pets and social life keep getting in the way, then here’s a quick skin survival system that you can do while you take your daily shower.
Moisturising the skin
Taking your time to seal in moisture is an important part of keeping the skin beautiful. There are many ways of doing this. A super-quick method is to use a moisturising shower gel, which will help to keep some moisture in your skin. Alternatively, as soon as you step out of the shower, slather your skin in a high quality moisturiser. However, mornings can be a real rush, so if you want a top-speed solution, body spray oil can save you valuable minutes while giving you lovely moist skin.
Time in the shower is perfect for dealing with unwanted body or facial hair. While your leave-in conditioner is getting to work, use that time to apply fast-acting depilatory cream to your upper lip, and then deal with underarms, legs and bikini line by quickly apply shaving foam. Keep a magnifying mirror and tweezers handy so you can deal with stray eyebrow hairs too – they’ll come out much more easily in the shower because of all the steam, although you may have to demist your mirror. Within a couple of minutes, your unwanted hair will be long gone.
When your skin is smooth and hair-free, it’s time to get to work sloughing off dead skin cells. There are many ways to do this and you can choose from using an exfoliating mitt or shower scrunchie to apply your favourite shower gel. Or, if you prefer, you may like to splash out on some scented scrub for an extra-special treat.
The warm water will open your pores right up, making it easy to cleanse your skin thoroughly. If you’d like to close them quickly and enjoy a lovely toned feeling, you can splash your body with skin toner. Or, if you’re feeling very brave, try a contrast shower and give yourself an ultra-cold blitz for twenty seconds or so. Don’t overdo it though, once you start shivering, it’s time to grab the towel and get drying.
A good rub-down with a rough towel will do wonders for your circulation compared with using a soft fluffy towel. If your towels lean towards the luxurious, then try to roughen up a bath towel for the sake of your circulation. The easiest way to do this is to wash your towel without any fabric conditioner and let it dry naturally, rather than popping it in the tumble drier. As well as being invigorating, you’ll find that a rough towel dries you much more quickly, saving you valuable time.
So, armed with these five tips, you should find it easy to fit in a quick under the shower beauty routine. What’s more, once you get in the habit, it’s more likely to stick and to become a regular part of your daily life. It won’t take long to see a big difference in the way your skin looks and feels. And when friends and family start asking where you’ve found time to look after your skin so well, you can just smile mysteriously – and then share your secret!