Is the Covid-19 situation making you stressed? You’re not alone. A lot of us have become paranoid over almost everything and we daresay it’s taken a toll on our mental health.
But it’s important to relax so the stress doesn’t consume you. What better opportunity is there to wind down than during a shower after a long day?
We know that not everyone has the luxury of long showers, but this doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on your shower time. Starting a pre-shower routine can help you get the most out of your shower session. Simply apply hair, face and body products before going into the shower and then wash them off to get better hair and skin quickly and easily. Here are some of our favourite products for a shower time upgrade.
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Pixi In-shower Steam Facial Self-heating Collagen Mask, $35
Pre-shower: Apply a thick layer of this in-shower mask onto a cleansed, dry face, and leave it for five minutes to kick-start the skin-healing process.
In the shower: Warm water turns the gel into a silky oil that plumps and softens skin.
Mamonde Aqua Peel Peeling Gel, $22
Pre-shower: Dull skin begone. This peeling gel gently exfoliates skin for a radiant complexion.
In the shower: Gently massage the gel over your face and wash away the sloughed-off dead cells.
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil, $137
Pre-shower: If your face tends to feel dry and taut after a hot shower, it’s because heat strips moisture from the skin’s top layer. To combat that, lightly pat on a few drops of Herbivore Botanicals’ Phoenix Facial Oil ($137).
In the shower: Rosehip and chia seed oils keep moisture locked into your skin while you wash.
The Body Shop’s Thai Lemongrass Massage Oil, $31
Pre-shower: It’s meant to be used after a shower, but patting a little of this body oil on dry elbows and kneecaps beforehand can keep them moisturised after, too.
In the shower: Nothing to be done here.
Aesop Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment, $45
Pre-shower: Before shampooing, massage five drops of this pre-shampoo treatment onto a dry, itchy and/or flaky scalp. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
In the shower: The lightweight “dry” oil helps to soothe and hydrate an easily irritated scalp.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, from $75
Pre-shower: If you use lots of styling products, apply this scrub as a preliminary cleanser after you’ve wet your hair.
In the shower: Massage the scrub into damp hair to get rid of product buildup, then rinse and shampoo as usual.
Get more tips on self-care here.
Text: Chelsea Tang / Her World / August 2019
Additional text: Valerie Toh