the sparkly life: The Power of A Shower

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Power of A Shower

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Self-care is a big buzzword these days. And it's important! And good! But let's be honest: As a mom (and, really, as a human, working woman who has to #GSD), I don't always have time to carve out hours for a lengthy bath, a face-mask session, and a Netflix marathon. But a shower? Treating myself to a really, really good shower? That I can manage.

Good showers have become my self-care. And I make the most of them. Today I've partnered with BJ's Wholesale Club (which offers your favorite beauty brands at a great value and in bulk so you never run out) to show you how to make the most of your shower. Here's how I do it.

-Set the scene. I like to dim the lights in my bathroom, which somehow instantly makes any shower seem way more relaxing. You could even light a candle with a soothing scent and leave it burning on your counter.  I also love to listen to music or a favorite podcast through a shower speaker. (Now, obviously you're not going to do these things every single time you shower--sometimes you just need to get in and out quickly--but when you have an extra few minutes, these little things do make a difference!)

-Suds up with a great body wash. There are many amazing high-end ones, but really, your body wash doesn't need to be fancy. For instance, Dove is one of my all-time favorites. It smells clean and fresh, it leaves my skin soft, and it's cheap. Case in point: I picked up three ginormous bottles of Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash at BJ's for $15.49. (In other words, I'll be self-care showering with these for many, many months to come!)

-Turn your shampoo into a spa treatment. A good shampoo is nice; a good shampoo that smells spa-like is even better. I love Love Beauty and Planet Smooth Serene Shampoo and Conditioner. (Have you guys heard of this new line, BTW? I got a sneak peek at it last year and I'm really loving it!) Anyway, the shampoo and conditioner are moisturizing, frizz-smoothing, and they smell like lavender, which is always an instant stress-reliever for me. I leave the conditioner on as a mini mask for a few minutes, while I wash my body, shave my legs, etc., then rinse just before I get out. 

-Sneak in a scrub. Even though I've been a beauty editor for the last ten-plus years, I'm the worst when it comes to exfoliating. I can never remember to do it! (And when I do remember, it's pretty much the last thing I feel like doing.) That's why I've started storing my face scrubs in the shower. For some reason that makes the whole thing feel like much less of a chore. (It's also much less messy!) Right now I'm using a classic: Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which is gentle, dermatologist-recommended, and just about $15 for a three-pack at BJ's.

-Finish strong. I'm so guilty of skipping body lotion, but my skin is so much happier (and softer!) when I take the extra ten seconds to use it. One of my favorite dermatologist tips: Apply it literally right after you step out of the shower, when your skin is still damp. This way, you'll lock in all that moisture and your skin will be so much silkier and more hydrated. Two of my go-tos that come in value packs at BJ's: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe and Jergens Ultra Healing.

Thank you to BJ's for partnering with me on this post. Are you a BJ's member? If not, here's a cool deal: You can get a $25 gift card just for signing up! Click here for more info.

15 comments:

Simpli Sanders said...

Your headline is so true! The power of a shower after a long day, after an illness, or even in the morning can feel just so amazing!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Hands up I love a good shower I always feel refreshed after one and it feels so nice to just have a good wash and clean with your favourite products.

AiringMyLaundry said...

These are such great products. I tend to shower most of the time since it's quicker. But I do like to enjoy myself when I'm in the shower!

Mom Knows Best said...

I have never been to BJs. These sound like great shower products.

Annalisa F said...

I need a shower every evening before going to bed, otherwise I can't rest properly! I also do as you do, applying the body lotion when the skin is till damp, great tip. Thanks for sharing the products you use.

Lipi Gupta said...

I love dove products... They are really good and moisturizing.

Minakshi Bajpai said...

These are such great products. They are really good and moisturizing

anjali lakhwani said...

All such great products. Thanks for sharing your list :)

Echo A said...

I see some great products there! I love Aveeno and Dove! I will have to keep an eye out for the others.

Sheleen Johnson said...

I love showers :) im a fan of the Aveeno products tools I have really sensitive skin.

April Stephens said...

I'm a shower gal too. I've been looking forward to checking out BJ's.

Cafe Carrie said...

I also use Dove! They have a new shower foam I really like. Thanks for sharing this.

Lavanda Michelle said...

I love a good shower and these are some great products.I love Aveno!

Kiwi said...

Showers are one of my favorite parts of my day. Especially if you have the right products to make it a better experience!

Lipi Gupta said...

I always believe...wonderful showers can do magic...i love aromatic soothing body washes as they take all the tension away

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