Showering can sometimes feel like a mindless chore. You leave work, go to the gym, come home, and quickly rinse off in the tub. Same routine, different day, right? But does showering always have to be so mundane? Of course, sometimes you’re in a rush and need to get out the door—but on those occasions when you have more time to spare, why not create a spa-like experience for yourself? After all, we certainly believe you deserve to be pampered and relax a bit. Wondering what you can do to revitalize your daily showering ritual? We’ve rounded up our eight favorite ways to help enhance a shower, below. Because who says a shower has to be boring?
1. Turn on Some Tunes
Whether you want to bliss out to classical music or nature sounds, a waterproof shower radio can make it happen. They’re typically made to hang around your showerhead or suction cup to the wall—dance party, anyone?
2. Light a Few Candles
Think: Whenever you go to a spa, what do you see? Candles, of course! So, dim the lights and indulge yourself in a soothing ambiance bathed in pale yellow candlelight. That just sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? All you have to do is pick a couple of your favorites, light their wicks, and turn out the lights.
3. Splurge on a Bathrobe
There’s a reason why spas finish the experience with you sitting in a bathrobe. They’re oh-so-comfy, aren’t they? So, go ahead and consider this your excuse to treat yourself to something nice!
4. Exfoliate with a Dry Brush Beforehand
Exfoliating with a dry brush before you hop in the shower can help slough off dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. Use small circular movements to brush—and remember to be gentle!
5. Massage Your Scalp Beforehand, Too
If you’re anything like us, then you probably love when you get a scalp massage at the salon when you go in for a haircut or blowout. So, before you wash your hair, show that scalp some love to recreate the experience!
6. Wash Your Hair Gently—and Let It Air Dry
Is your hair overworked or over-processed? Try the L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Caring system—which includes the L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Smoothing Conditioner. This system of shampoo and conditioner helps to gently cleanse and condition chemically straightened hair. Gently massage the shampoo into wet strands, lather, then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner, leave it on for one to two minutes, then rinse. After you’re done shampooing and conditioning, let your hair air dry. Not only can excessive use of heat tools potentially lead to damage—it’s also a lot of work!
Consider this your excuse to embrace your natural texture. When your hair is wet, apply an egg-sized dollop of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, flip your hair over it and scrunch it, and then sit back as your hair dries.
7. Moisturize Your Face and Body
Help lock in hydration by applying a facial moisturizer and body lotion to damp skin after cleansing. For your face, try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. They’re formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
8. Show Your Feet Some TLC
If you want to really embrace the spa experience, make sure not to skip your feet! Located at the very bottom of your body, they can be easy to forget—but they deserve attention, too. Gently exfoliate them while you’re in the shower with a scrub, slather on a foot lotion, and then paint your toenails a pretty color (rose gold is super-trendy right now, FYI) so that you can show your feet off with pride.