Although I do love a great soak in a steaming hot bath, a lot of the time I just don’t have those key minutes in my week to relax. The thought of devouring a book and sipping on a cup of tea is just perfection, but if I don’t have an opportunity to do so my morning shower offers the time I need to undertake a little pampering. Functionality is key, as is speed, when it comes to the products that make it into my shower – but anything that helps to up the sensations and leave my mind soothed as much as my body is definitely an added bonus. Right now my bathroom is full to the brim with all manner of lotions and potions that get me ready for the day, but these are those that add a little more than most… And keep my five minutes under the hot water all the more indulgent.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Whip to Clay Cleanser (£22.00)
technically something I’ve been using before I step in the shower (or
while I’m waiting for the water to heat up,) this beautifully textured
cleanser is well worth a mention. Formulated with blend of pink and
green clay alongside added probiotics (the buzz word in beauty right
now,) this whipped texture turns to a denser and creamier clay-like
formula when mixed with water on the skin. It effortlessly helps to
remove dirt and sweat from overnight, plus the probiotics help to
balance and strengthen, leaving my complexion cleansed, boosted and
ready for the day. It’s great to use in the evening as a second cleanse
Dove Coconut Oil Shower Mousse (£3.99)
I’ve used many shower mousses in the past and I love the light, comforting and pampering feeling they provide – this is no different. Enriched with the same nourishing ingredients we’re used to from Dove, this also includes powerful coconut oil to hydrate skin and leave it feeling supple post-shower. A little squirt of this in your hand is pretty much enough to cleanse your whole body, leaving an incredibly light mousse texture on the surface that is a complete pleasure to use. Also doubles up as a great hydrating shaving foam too!
Mane ’N Tail Color Protect Shampoo & Conditioner (£7.99)
I’ve seen this brand lingering on the shelves of Liberty’s beauty department for years, but never really knew whether it was worth snapping up; after trying I can confirm that it is. A great budget buy, this shampoo and conditioner duo helps to cleanse hair without stripping (you get a really lovely light lather) and then hydrate and smooth hair without weighing it down; I’ve really enjoyed the almost gel-like texture of the conditioner which is fab on my thin hair, leaving my ‘do feeling bouncy with a little colour protection thrown in for good measure. Although I can’t say this has helped protect or restore my colour, the duo is definitely a pleasant addition to my bathroom (as is the retro packaging.)
Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (£15.00)
If hair treatments leave you confused and overwhelmed, this has been designed to minimise faff and deliver everything you need in one bottle. It claims to lock-in colour, add shine, hydrate and deep-condition your hair, delivering the ultimate treatment for pretty much every hair type. A few pumps of this once or twice a week just up-the-ante and leave my hair a touch more hydrated and bouncy, but leaving it on for up to an hour under a shower cap will boost the results and ensure your hair is left looking and feeling fab. An affordable way to look after your ‘do.
Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator (£21.00)
such a long time I’ve seen this brand pop up amongst blogger flatlays,
but it’s so much more than just great packaging. Many facial exfoliators
can be too harsh and actually damaging on the skin (hello coffee face
scrub that I threw out after not even one full use!) but this is
inredibly gentle while remaining effective too. Not only does it smell
great, but the inclusion of avocado oil and jojoba beads helps to remove
impurities and unclog pores, whilst calendula and carrot seed oils help
to soothe and calm the skin. It’s gentle enough to use daily if you
wish, and an utter pleasure from the moment you unscrew the cap.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Scrub (£4.99)
of those age-old staples I return to again and again, I can’t get
enough of the richly creamy texture and beautiful cocoa scent; this
provides a real moment of indulgence, helping to slough away dead skin
cells and buff skin to perfection while awakening the senses too. It’s
such a bargain and proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a
great product, plus you know you’re getting the best of Palmer’s iconic
cocoa butter formula (with added Vitamin E) too. It’ll always have a
special place in my heart, and for very good reason.
Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Oil (£36.00)
Often body oils can be heavy, greasy and sticky, but this beautifully scented oil from Molton Brown is the complete opposite: light, grease-free and perfect to hydrate and scent skin post-shower. You need just a couple of drops on each limb massaged in to leave a subtle glow, plus the Orange & Bergamot scent it truly energizing and just what you need on a dark and dreary Monday morning.
Sometimes a little pamper before you head off to work can make the difference between a good day and a great day; these treats definitely help me with that.
Which have you got your eye on, have tried yourself or have inspired you to ensure your showers are pampering and body comforting?
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