Whether you consider yourself to be a skin care guru or novice, you likely know the importance of moisturizing skin while it’s wet to lock in hydration. You may find yourself racing to your lotion bottle after a shower, but there is one easy way to boost your skin with moisture that’s getting major attention in the beauty world: in-shower body lotion. Yup, you can totally moisturize your skin without having to leave the shower. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about in-shower body lotion in order to give your body care routine the upgrade it needs.
WHAT IS IN-SHOWER BODY LOTION?
First things first, if you’re not familiar with in-shower body lotion, it’s time for a lesson. An alternative to traditional body lotions, in-shower lotion is a creamy moisturizer made of humectants, emollients, and skin-softening ingredients such as butters and oils. This product will give your skin a super-soft feel while providing long-lasting moisture sans the sticky feel.
HOW DOES IN-SHOWER BODY LOTION WORK?
As the name suggests, in-shower body lotion is designed to be used in your shower. In-shower moisturizers are activated by water, which allows the skin to absorb all of the moisturizing ingredients before rinsing the formula off. Typically used as the last step in a shower routine, shower body lotion locks in hydration to provide your skin with moisture that goes the distance. Instead of having to layer skin with your go-to body cream or lotion post-shower, in-shower body lotion helps you streamline your routine without having to sacrifice moisture.
CAN YOU USE BODY LOTION IN THE SHOWER?
Unfortunately, using your regular lotion in the shower won’t reap the same results. As we mentioned above, unlike classic body lotions, in-shower moisturizers are specially formulated to work in the shower and are meant to be washed off afterward. You won’t want to do the same with body lotion. If you’re looking to maximize on moisture and want some of the same benefits from your standard body lotion, the closest you can get will be smoothing it onto your wet skin at the end of your shower (after turning the water off) and letting your skin air dry.
HOW TO USE IN-SHOWER BODY LOTION
Now that you’re educated on the benefits of in-shower moisturizer, it’s time to put your knowledge to use. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to get the desired results from your shower body moisturizer.
STEP #1: TURN DOWN THE DIAL
While you may be tempted to enjoy a steaming, hot shower, it may not be best for your skin. Simply put, super-hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving you with drier skin, which is the last thing you need. So, play it safe and use lukewarm water to keep your skin in shape.
STEP #2: SUDS UP
Whether you like to use shower gel or bar soap, you’ll want to reach for a gentle option that won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Lather up with the help of a washcloth or loofah to clean your skin the right way. Be sure to rinse off completely to get ready for the next step.
STEP #3: EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE
Now that your skin is nice and clean, it’s time to take things a step further with a round of exfoliation. Simply reach for a sugar scrub and gently massage the scrub onto skin two to three times a week. Be sure to concentrate on your elbows, knees, and heels, to slough away rough patches of skin.
STEP #4: BRING ON THE MOISTURE
Now for the star of the show—your in-shower body lotion! Simply apply the in-shower moisturizer onto wet skin, from your neck down to your toes while still in the shower. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Voila!
CAN YOU USE IN-SHOWER BODY LOTION EVERY DAY?
Want to make in-shower body lotion an everyday fixture in your routine? You should totally go for it! Just as you should moisturize your face every day (twice a day), moisturizing your body regularly is a must. Since this product is designed to amp up the moisture, there is no harm in using it in your routine on an everyday basis, especially if you’re dealing with dry skin. Not to mention, for days when you’re pressed for time, an in-shower moisturizer will come in handy for a quick pampering session.
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