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Bathroom Beauty: Get a Luxury Shower Experience!

Soap on a rope? Pah! Give your shower experience a beauty makeover and create your perfect luxurious retreat with these upgraded shower options.

 Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell

Beauty Editor

Published 1st September 2008

Soap on a rope? Pah! Give your shower experience a makeover and create your perfect retreat with these upgraded shower options.

The Invigorating Boost.

“If your mind feels like it is on a go-slow in the morning, then you need to reach for products that have invigorating active essential oils and extracts,” says Balance Me aromatherapist, Sian Jones. For a kick-start shower, try Balance Me Wake Up Wash. “Inhale the bespoke blended aroma as your wash; the spearmint and basil molecules help to focus and wake up the mind.  Meanwhile, the lime and ginger essential oils have properties that stimulate the circulation and help to warm muscles and joints, soothing aches and pains,” says Sian.

Wide Awake Boosters:
Original Source Orange Oil and Ginger Invigorating Hair & Body Wash
This Works Energy Bank Bath & Shower Gel

The Skin Perfecting Fix

Utilise your steamy shower to turbo-charge your skincare routine with a deep cleansing mask and you’ll reap the skincare benefits. “The heat will help to soften the skin and open up the pores, facilitating deep cleansing,” explains Lieve DeClercq, Origins Executive Manager Biological Research Department, Europe. “A higher environmental temperature and humidity will also help to stimulate the enzymes in the skin that are responsible for the natural exfoliation process.”

In-Shower Skin Fixers:
Origins Clear Improvement active Charcoal Mask
Estee Lauder Sparkling Clean Purifying Exfoliator Mask

The Fragrant Oasis

Make like the beauty insiders and start ‘layering’ your favourite fragrance by using its accompanying shower gel. “Scented shower gel is the first step in building a robust fragrance layer on the skin,” says Will Andrews of P&G Fragrance Creation Team. “It’s also a good way to wear and experience the fragrance, particularly if you don’t wear strong scent as it will leave a subtle scent on the skin.”

Fragrant Shower Scent:
Lacoste Touch of Pink Shower Gel

The Super-Moisturising Shower

Want to upgrade to seriously hydrated skin? Then choose a shower oil. “Shower oils tend to lock moisture into the skin for longer as they find it easier to absorb into the skin, leaving the skin feeling moisturised,” says The Sanctuary Spa’s Product & Marketing Director, Jacqueline Burchell. For super-moisturising benefits look for ingredients like argan oil and rosehip oil, found in The Sanctuary’s Kyphi Nourishing Shower Oil.

Super-moisturising shower must-haves:
The Sanctuary Kyphi Nourishing Shower Oil
Trilogy Botanical Body Wash.

The Calming Retreat

Frantic day? “Treat yourself to a few minutes in the bathroom for a quick shower or soak in the bath to encourage your body and mind to unwind,” says Sian. Look for peace-promoting essential oils like geranium, ylang ylang and lavender. “Geranium will balance the mind and hormones, helping to create a feeling of serenity and calm, both physically and mentally,” says Sian.

Calming Shower Buys:
Balance Me Wind Down Wash with geranium, Ho wood and Ylang Ylang.
Yardley English Lavender Shower Cream .

The Skin Smoothing Experience

Seriously smooth, touch-me soft skin starts with a pre-shower body scrub on dry skin. “Start at your feet and work upwards towards the heart using large circular motions,” says celebrity body expert Nichola Joss. “Concentrate on rougher areas like knees, ankles, shoulders and elbows for a few minutes then jump in the shower and massage off using a mitt.” A moisturising shower wash, like Burt’s Bees Citrus & Ginger Root Body Wash will ensure fresh new skin is soft and supple. “Then, pat skin dry with a towel and massage in your favourite moisturiser,” says Nichola.

Smooth Shower Must-haves:
Elle Macpherson Glow Sparkle & Shimmer scrub
Soap & Glory Some Like it Hot Self-heating Scrub.
No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Body Exfoliator

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