The Ultimate Guide to Proper Shower Care: Tips for a Refreshing Experience

We’ve been taking showers our entire lives, so it’s silly to assume you aren’t showering correctly, right? Your shower routine is probably as natural as brushing your teeth in that you don’t really think through the steps, you just follow the order you’ve been doing since you were taught. But what if I told you there actually is a “wrong” way to shower? And no, I don’t mean the obvious of mixing up your shampoo and conditioner. There is a correct order for everything you do in the shower.

With more than 95 million views, the Everything shower trend is taking over TikTok and inspiring people around the world to take time-intensive showers that tap into their self-care routines.  So let’s explore the perfect routine and how you can use Calithea as well as other natural products to have the optimal shower experience!

So, what’s the first thing you should do in the shower?  This first step is the most important, as it is going to set the routine for the rest of your shower. Once you have your hair fully saturated with water step 1 should be shampoo! “It’s important that you don’t wash your face or the skin on your body before completing your hair-wash routine,” says Dr. Zubritsky. Runoff from shampoo and conditioner might end up on your face and body and that can lead to clogged pores and breakouts, she says. Some good natural shampoo options for you to choose from can be found in this article by Byrdie 17 Best Natural Shampoo Options. For those that use conditioner as well apply it immediately after shampooing and allow it to set by using a loose-fitting claw clip to hold your hair up while you exfoliate and shave. You can also find the accompanying conditioners of the shampoos in that same article!

According to Dr. Zubritsky, caring for your skin in the shower involves specific steps that should be done correctly to avoid potential problems. She advises starting with exfoliation and shaving but cautions that exfoliation should only be done once or twice a week. At this point, you can now wash out your conditioner. I know for a long time in my life I was taught that rinsing your conditioner should be the very last step in your routine but that is wrong.

Though the residue is great for leaving your hair soft and silky smooth, it’s not the safest for the skin and causes breakouts and clogged pores when it sinks into the skin. To avoid this, wash out your conditioner thoroughly and put your hair up back in the claw clip before you lather on body wash

After rinsing your conditioner, it’s time to wash your body following your usual shower routine, but take a few extra minutes to ensure a thorough clean from head to toe. Dr. Zubritsky emphasizes that using your hands or a washcloth is more hygienic than a loofah. For your body wash options try any of Calithea’s 100% Natural Soaps, we have 6 options for you to choose from based on your skin’s needs. All of our soaps are made in Greece out of all-natural contents and are mixed in with our organic extra virgin olive oil.

If you choose to cleanse your face in the shower, be sure to do it as the last step in your routine for the aforementioned pore-clogging and acne-causing reasons we previously discussed. For your face you can use Olive Oil Milk Cleanser made of 96% Natural Content or one of  Calithea’s 6 100% Natural Soaps (Make sure it’s not the same bar you use on your body), or you can double cleanse and use the Milk Cleanser then the soap bar!

Shower aftercare is just as important as the shower itself. First, make sure your skin isn’t completely dry, says Dr. Zubritsky, because applying moisturizer to damp skin allows it to effectively sink in and seal in hydration. Calithea has three amazing body lotion options for you: our  Body Butter with Cocoa Butter and Vanilla made of 96.8 % Natural Content, our Organic Olive Oil & Donkey Milk Lotion made of 97.1% Natural Content, and my personal favorite for the summertime Organic Olive Oil Body Lotion with Aloe Vera made of 97% Natural Content.

Establishing a consistent and mindful shower routine is more than just a daily necessity—it’s an opportunity for self-care and rejuvenation. By following the right steps and incorporating expert tips, you can transform your ordinary shower into a blissful and beneficial experience for your skin and overall well-being. Happy Showering!

Check out our body care video on IG: Shower Care with Calithea

~ Elena xoxo

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.