6 Shower Hacks for Spa-Worthy Skin, Hair, and Moods

Mantra for a cleansing mind and spirit


Turns out showers can be just as cleansing for our thoughts as they are for our bodies. “The water is a powerful way to cleanse your aura from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet,” says Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse and co-author of “Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You.”

“Visualize the water as a waterfall purifying your entire being. See yourself as a clean vessel of light. Say out loud, “I am cleansed, purified and renewed,” suggests Askinosie. “Visualize all that mental ick flowing down the drain.”

To try: Next time you’re taking a shower, try embracing your routine as a way to let go of all that which does not serve you. Repeat your positive intentions for the day until they’re wafting off your skin, like the lavender lotion you just applied.

Oil for smoother shave


Interestingly enough, using oil to shave instead of soap or body wash actually gets you closer, says Mariska. This is true for a few reasons. Remember back in grade school doing the oil vs. water experiment? The same principals apply in the shower. By coating your legs with oil you’re creating a barrier for your skin, which helps protect it from the blade. The smooth texture of oil also helps prevent the blade from tugging at the hair and pinching.

Look for cold-pressed, unrefined organic oils to get all the benefits of vitamins and minerals. Avocado and jojoba oil in particular have antimicrobial effects. Oil also does a good job of preventing moisture from evaporating from the skin. So really, you’re getting a two-in-one deal by shaving with oil.

To try: Look forbrands that keep their oil in dark, amber glass bottles for better preservation like Viva Natural’s Organic Jojoba Oil or this avocado oil by Sweet Essentials.

Be careful if you’re using it in the shower as you don’t want to slip! Once you’re out, your skin will still be moisturized and ready to go. For those in a real rush, oils may keep your skin soft enough so that you can skip body lotion.

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