I’m back from a little summer break with a highly requested video: my shower and hygiene routine! It includes my toothcare, DIY deodorant, natural shaving routine and so much more! Quite a few things have changed since my Primal Bathroom Tour, plus I wanted to give you a proper demonstration of everything I use. Hence, this video was born!
My routine is refreshing, totally natural, mostly DIY, but, best of all, it’s super affordable. It’s perfect for fending off body acne and any other skin issues.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I use:
In the mornings
- As soon as I get up, I head to the bathroom and brush my teeth with the Earthpaste – it’s a natural toothpaste with red clay, sea salt and a few other totally natural ingredients. I wanted to make something similar by myself, but I would have had to buy quite a few ingredients, so I decided to try this ready-made one first. Now that I know I love it, the next step will be making a DIY version.
- I take 1 tbsp. of cold-pressed sunflower oil and swish it in my mouth for 20 minutes. If you’d like to learn more about Oil Pulling, read this blogpost I wrote a while ago. Afterwards I rinse my mouth with salty water and drink two glasses of warm water to wake up my digestive system.
- I usually go out for a run or a powerwalk with my dog at this point, so I come back hot, sweaty and dreaming about a shower. That’s where I head to next. However, I don’t use any soap on my skin (apart from one exception, but that’s the next point). All I use is an exfoliating glove and cool water – together they provide a gentle but thorough cleansing. Around once a week I also use dry skin brushing. You can get a body brush from any drugstore I guess, and it’s a wonderful way to get the lymph going, the skin glowing and the cellulite melting!
- Around once a week or maybe even once in a couple of weeks, I also use something called the Aleppo soap on my body (mine is 20% laurel oil), and then rinse it using my trusted exfoliating glove and cool water. It removes any excess dead cells and leaves my skin super smooth. It’s certainly one of the hero products in our household.
- For shaving, I use the same amazing Aleppo soap. My husband also shaves with it, and he loves it. If you like more lather, just rub the soap on your skin instead of rubbing it between your palms. I find it gives me a closer shave than anything else, and leaves my pins smooth and glossy.
- I don’t like applying any oil on my skin (face or body) during the summer because my skin is naturally nourished by the heat and sweat during the day. I do like applying some oil on my feet though. I always wear flipflops, and I walk a lot, so my feet definitely need some extra attention. I use sweet almond oil at the moment.
- To make sure I smell good during the day, I use my DIY deodorant. Remember a while ago I asked you for suggestions regarding a natural deodorant because I couldn’t find anything that would work well for me and that wouldn’t irritate my skin? Well, I’ve found an awesome recipe! It’s just coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, cornstarch and peppermint oil. It works better than anything I’ve ever used. As soon as I get hold of some shea butter again, I’ll be sharing the recipe with you.
- While in the shower, I also wash my face with cool water. I have a shower filter installed, and I feel that it’s definitely one of the most important factors for healthy skin. Filtered water doesn’t upset my skin in any way, and doesn’t leave it dehydrated. All I do after rinsing is just tone my face with a bit of pure rosewater, and I’m done. Ready to face the day!
In the evening
- I brush my teeth with either the Earthpaste, baking soda mixed with a bit of water or some activated charcoal (brilliant natural tooth whitener).
- If it’s been a very hot day and I’ve been sweating a lot, I’d take a cool shower but without using any exfoliation tool – just plain water to cool down, remove the remnants of the day, and get rid of any sweaty stickiness. This kind of shower prepares me for sleep perfectly, and I find that I usually fall asleep as soon as I hit the sack. However, if I haven’t sweated much or have spent most of the day around home, I often skip showering. It’s great letting my skin rest sometimes.
- I rinse my face with cool shower, apply some rosewater, and I’m done face-wise. Read about my full summer facial skincare routine here.
- If my skin feels dry for any reason, for example, if I’ve been in the sun a lot that day, I would apply a bit of pumpkin seed oil. It’s a new weapon in my beauty arsenal, and it’s quickly becoming my favourite. It’s high in linoleic adic, which makes sure that pores don’t get clogged, and it smells divine.
- I always apply some sweet almond oil on my feet (if I remember) or otherwise I’ll be reminded the next morning with extra dry and uncomfortable feeling feet.
- The sun is brutal here all year long, so I like treating my hair to 2-3 drops of jojoba or sweet almond oil just before I go to sleep. I dampen my hands and massage the oil to the bottom half of my hair. Then, I wrap my hair in a bun and go to sleep. I’ve only started sleeping with my hair in a bun a few months ago, and I love how it prevents it from tangling up, I also love the slight waves it gives me in the morning. If you asked, my husband would also say he enjoys not having my hair all over his face when he sleeps. 🙂
So this is it! My super minimal shower and hygiene routine. I love how it saves me money and time, makes my skin radiant, gives me white and healthy teeth, and of course leaves me smelling nice. Trust me, I don’t smell bad even if I don’t use soaps. Water and an exfoliating glove alone will remove more than 90% of the bacteria from your skin, why would you want remove any more than that? Why would you risk damaging the skin’s acid mantle with soaps and shower gels for the sake of a few more microbes?
I purposefully didn’t give you many details on my haircare routine – that’s because there will be a separate video and blogpost with my full haircare routine. I’ve gone back to an old favourite recently, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it soon.
Tell me, what’s your shower and hygiene routine like? What’s your favourite product in your routine?
Lots of love,
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