Part two of your Me Day. Below is the step-by-step portion for during your shower. You can find a lot of home spa suggestions online, however, this one outlined below is one that I have carefully put this one together myself to combine all the steps into one routine.
** NOTE: We left off the Before section with the cuticle scrub on your fingernails.
- Step into your warm (hot is too drying for the skin) shower, and rinse off the cuticle scrub first thing. If you have your nail brush handy, it can help remove all the little bits from your cuticle area and under the free edge of your nail.
- If you did not rinse off your facial mask at the sink, go ahead and rinse it off now using your fingertips in small, gentle circles.
- This is an excellent time for a deep hair conditioner, while you take care of your other shower treatments. Some conditioners are recommended pre-shampoo, and some are post-shampoo. Please follow the instructions for your personal product. I usually keep a hair clip in the shower so that I can clip back my conditioned hair while I continue with my routine.
- While your hair is conditioning is a great time to shave your legs and underarms. If you use a salt-based body scrub, go ahead and scrub yourself from neck to soles before shaving. If you use a sugar-based scrub, you can decide whether to use it before or after you shave. Personally, I prefer sugar-based and like to scrub afterwards – it seems to leave my skin the smoothest.
- After you have rinsed off your hair conditioner and your body scrub, shampoo as normal. You will probably need less shampoo than you usually do because if you’ve conditioned before shampooing, the conditioner will help remove some of the residue buildup that you normally have to shampoo out.
- Sometimes we forget that the process of bathing can be enjoyable, and more than just a chore. If you choose a body wash or soap that has a pleasing scent and texture, it becomes more of a daily treat than a to-do-list item. Since my skin is dry almost year-round, I love shea butter soaps myself.
Note: Normally soaking is a part of every manicure and pedicure. Since this is a head-to-toe spa routine, the shower itself serves as the soaking step to each of these treatments.
- After you have rinsed everything from head to toe, step out of your shower and pat your skin dry. I use a separate towel for my hair that I can leave wrapped up until I’m ready to comb it out.
A few gentle reminders…
- With all your skincare products, don’t forget the neck! It likes the same TLC that your face likes.
- Please make sure to follow the instructions for your particular products. The above guidelines are simply a starting place for your at-home spa luxury.
Make sure to check out the other two posts regarding your at-home spa, Before and After. This is only the second part!
I look forward to any additions or suggestions you might have!