We all know how much pampering can be done in the relaxing confines of a soak in the tub, but if you’re short on time but big on demands, we bring you the lowdown on how to make your shower session work harder….
If you’ve got…5 minutes
Whether you’ve hit snooze one too many times or need a quick refresh before an evening out, the right choice of products can make all the difference if you’re short on time.
First up, a thorough cleanse. Ensure the temperature isn’t too hot and the pressure isn’t too fierce – anything more can lead to broken capillaries and dehydrated skin. To remove traces of old makeup and provide a clean canvas on which to apply makeup, choose a cleanser with a light texture that requires nothing more than a splash of water to rinse it off. We love Eve Lom’s Gel Balm Cleanser.
Shaving may seem like a luxury when the countdown is on but a clever choice of body wash means you can wash and go and leave with silky smooth skin too. A nourishing shower oil like Diptyque Do Son Shower Oil not only allows a razor to glide over limbs, but cleans, hydrates and scents your skin as well, saving time post-shower too.
If you’ve got…10 minutes
Get into the habit of exfoliating your skin before you shower and your body will thank you for it. Use the Ameliorate Exfoliating Body Mitt all over in firm, upward motions before you get under the water.
Even affording yourself an extra minute of cleansing can have a big impact on your skin. Choose an oil cleanser that will give good slip for massage (we love Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser) and work it into damp skin for two minutes using circular motions. To aid lymphatic drainage start at the centre of the face and work out. Rinse off with a muslin cloth for some added gentle exfoliation.
Maximise your time under the shower by choosing a fast-acting face mask. REN’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial requires water to activate the vitamin C so is the perfect hydrating, brightening shower companion.
2-in1 shampoo and conditioners have come a long way in recent years and are a brilliant time and space saving solution. Don’t be put off by its men-only name: Kiehl’s Grooming Solution is a great daily cleanser/conditioner hybrid and is infused with an energising woody scent that galvanises even the sleepiest heads. Anyone with curls looking for a quick fix should stock up on Living Proof’s Curl Conditioning Wash; providing speedy yet thorough care it also leaves curls defined and frizz-free.
It’s not just hair that reaps the benefits of multi-tasking products. Anthony’s Exfoliating + Cleansing Bar is a solid shower addition and leaves skin sparkling clean and noticeably smoother thanks to its dual-purpose function.
If you’ve got…20 mins
If you got a little extra time to luxuriate, kick start your body’s lymphatic system before you hop in the shower with Sarah Chapman’s Bodylift. Consisting of 12 rolling heads and 72 massaging nodules, it stimulates toxin release and better circulation so that over time skin looks smoother and less puffy.
Once your skin is prepped apply a pre-shower oil to soften and imbue it with moisture and scent. Aromatherapy Associates’ Open Space Bath & Shower Oil contains an energising blend of basil and eucalyptus that provides an instant sensory (and skin) wake-up call.
More time in the shower means plenty of time to tend to hair that’s feeling neglected. Wash with a good daily shampoo like Malin & Goetz Moisturizing Shampoo to ensure it’s free of heavy build-up, then apply a hair mask like Windle & Moodie Intense Treatment Masque. Left on for 15 minutes its enriched formula encourages natural keratin production for stronger, healthier hair.
If you’ve got more time to play with, opt for a hardworking balm like Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm, which uses its key ingredient MSM to slough away dead skin while simultaneously cleansing and enhancing skin’s own collagen supply. Massage in for as long as your fingertips can stand, then remove with a muslin cloth.
Follow with a face mask to give skin a thorough and targeted treatment. Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask is an excellent choice for overworked complexions as it calms redness and draws out impurities, helping to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
Don’t be put off by the name when it comes to Legology’s Exfo-lite. Although developed specifically to increase circulation and encourage drainage in the legs, this zingy, coarse scrub is just the thing to pep up your entire body. Massage into damp skin in circular motions, paying extra attention to areas where drainage tends to be sluggish, such as knees, ankles and hips.
As beautifully stylish as it is scented, Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser is a brilliant addition to any shower and leaves a final fragranced flourish on skin. Lather up, breathe in deep and rinse.