How clean is your body? For most women showers are straightforward consisting of the standard lather and rinse. In, out, done and clean is how many would describe their daily shower activity. While this quick method can be good for basic hygiene, it may not be doing the best job of truly cleaning the body and staying healthy. In fact, getting clean starts even before you step into the shower.
Here are the things that women who are particular about their health do before they take a shower:
Brush It Away
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It is a major avenue for cleansing, with one third of the body’s toxins being released through the skin’s pores. When these openings become clogged it becomes difficult for the body to cleanse itself. This is why it is necessary to properly cleanse the skin through dry brushing.
Dry brushing the skin before you step into the shower can help open the pores and let trapped toxins from the body out. It also improves blood circulation, gets rid of dead skin and helps reduce cellulite.
This can be done with the use of a natural bristle brush. Stand in the shower and start from the feet working your way up. Use long even upward strokes in the direction of the heart. Take the time to overlap and go over an area several times to ensure that the whole body is properly brushed.
Massage your Scalp
After a good brushing, it’s time to pay attention to the scalp. Remember that there is skin on the head as well. In fact, the skin on the scalp is more delicate and the way it is treated can affect hair growth. Without proper massaging the scalp can become stiff leading to weak, limp hair and even hair loss.
By regularly stimulating the scalp blood and oxygen flow is increased, promoting hair growth. This also promotes the production of natural oils which can prevent dryness and the buildup of dandruff. Not to mention that it can help relax the body and relieve you of stress.
Massaging the scalp is quite easy and simple. It can be done before shampooing and conditioning the hair, with or without the use of coconut or olive oil. Using both hands and start at the front working towards the crown in circular motions. Make sure not to rub too roughly as this can create irritation.
Put on a Face Mask
Face masks are enjoyed by many because of the various benefits that they bring. However, many make the mistake of applying these after they’ve showered and cleansed their faces thoroughly. Applying facial masks after showers can actually cause more irritation and sensitivity because the skin absorbs things more quickly after being cleansed. Since many women also tend to apply facial products after cleansing and putting on masks, it can often lead to burning sensations and even allergic reactions of the skin. Also, it can lead to excessive dryness afterwards. Rather than helping the skin look better, this can cause it to become red and flaky.
Try putting on a face mask before hitting the showers. Use a makeup remover if necessary or simply take out any dirt with some cotton dampened with water. Apply your facial mask as you normally would and leave it on for the prescribed time. Wash it off as you hit the shower and follow with your normal facial routine.
These three simple per-bath routines can make a big difference on both hygiene and overall health if practiced regularly. Dry brushing, scalp massaging and applying face masks don’t take too long to do. In fact, all three can be done in just a couple of minutes before showering but produce significant beneficial effects on the body.
If you are concerned about your health inside and out, you should take the time to include these activities in your daily regimen so that it can lead to a healthier and more beautiful you. Just a few minutes a day can make a whole lot of difference!