Showering is an activity that millions of people add to their daily routine. It's a quick, efficient and refreshing way to wash off. Do you want to learn how to take a shower? You will find all the items you need in this article. Otherwise, if you want to encourage someone in a more or less subtle way to take a shower, send them this article …
Part 1 of 4: complete the setup
Step 1. Take off your clothes
Put your dirty clothes in the dirty laundry basket. Put your clean clothes or pajamas in a place where they won't get wet while you shower.
- Remove your glasses or contact lenses.
- Remove your watch, bracelets, necklace, or any other accessory.
Step 2. Adjust the water temperature
Open the water tap and let it run until you reach the desired temperature. Check the position of the shower head to make sure the water is flowing down and not out of the shower. Also make sure the water is not too hot. Your wrist will give you a more accurate idea of the water temperature than your fingers, use it to check if the water temperature is comfortable.
Consider taking cold or cool showers every now and then, especially if it is hot and humid outside or after exercising
Step 3. Get in the shower
Wait until the temperature is correct and don't go too fast or you might fall.
Advice for saving water:
you can put yourself under the water jet even if the temperature is still a little low, you will then adjust it according to your preferences. However, make sure the water is not too cold or too hot!
Part 2 of 4: clean yourself up
Step 1. Wet your whole body
Slowly turn around several times, staying under the stream of water so that the water covers your entire body. If you also wash your hair, make sure your entire head is completely wet. The first step in showering is to rinse off the loose dirt and dust and get you wet, the hot water also helping the muscles to relax.
Step 2. Put a small amount of shampoo in your hair
Massage the shampoo gently all the way to your scalp making sure that the entire length of the hair is covered with foam. It is not necessary to use too much shampoo because, if you do, you may have to repeat it often and it could rob your hair of its protective natural oils. A small amount of shampoo the size of a two-euro coin in the palm of your hand should suffice.
wash your hair every two or three days instead of washing it every day. Washing it too often can damage your hair.
Step 3. Thoroughly rinse the shampoo that is in your hair
You wouldn't want your hair to dry with lots of soap scum.
To check that your hair is all free of shampoo, wet it and squeeze it out to see the color of the water flowing out of it. If you still see a little bit of shampoo, keep rinsing and start again
Step 4. Apply conditioner to your hair
In addition to washing it, you can apply your favorite conditioner to your hair to improve its appearance, texture and health. Conditioner does not foam, which is why you should massage your hair all the way to the scalp until you feel all your hair is covered with a thin layer. Check your conditioner application instructions. Many recommend leaving it on for several minutes before rinsing it off. Others are designed to be applied after you have finished showering.
Some people prefer to use a product that combines shampoo and conditioner so they don't have to apply them separately
Step 5. Wash your face
Wet your face and apply a small amount of facial cleanser or exfoliating product to your face with your fingers or a washcloth. Gently rub the cleanser all over your face for at least 30 seconds, not forgetting your cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. You can also apply it to your neck and the back of your neck if you sometimes have acne in these areas. Make sure to avoid getting it in your eyes. If you're using an acne product, leave it on your face for 30 seconds so it can penetrate your pores. Then rinse the washcloth and your face.
You can use a basic soap instead of using a facial cleanser. It's always better than not washing your face, but using too much of the wrong soap can dry out and irritate your skin
Step 6. Wash your body
Apply regular soap or shower gel to a washcloth, a loofah (for showering), a body sponge, or just your hands. Then cleanse your whole body. Start with the neck and shoulders and work your way down. Make sure you don't forget to wash under your arms and on your back. Wash your private parts and behind last. Remember to wash behind your ears, on the back of your neck, and between each toe.
Step 7. Rinse off the soap
Turn under the stream of water and rub your body with your hands to remove any remaining soap and soften the dirt. Run your hands through your hair and make sure there is no soap left. If you forgot a certain area, wash it now.
Part 3 of 4: shave and brush your teeth
Step 1. Shave your legs and the armpits.
Many people take advantage of being in the shower to shave off the hair that grows on their legs or armpits, because they find the shower to be the perfect time for this occasional activity.
- In many countries, women and young women often shave their leg and armpit hair, but it is possible to be clean without doing so. It is above all a personal decision, you can talk about it to a woman you trust if you are not sure you want to do it and also think about the use in your own culture. You can also exfoliate the skin on the legs with a scrub to remove dead skin cells and get a cleaner shave.
- Wet your legs and lather the shaving cream onto your legs.
- If you are using a razor, shave backwards, against the direction of hair growth. Start with your ankles and work your way up. Remember the tops of your feet that you do last.
- Shave slowly to avoid cutting yourself, especially on your knees and the backs of your legs, as you could snag the razor and cut yourself.
- For underarms, lather shaving cream on the undersides of your arms and shave (slowly) up and down, as armpit hair grows in both directions.
Step 2. Shave your face
Some men prefer to shave in the shower. To do this, you will need a mirror for the shower, that is, a mirror that is designed not to accumulate fogs or water drops. If you have one, it can be handy to shave in the shower and still give yourself a good excuse to stay longer under hot water.
Step 3. Shave your bikini line or shave your genitals (for men)
Some men and women also take the opportunity of a shower to trim or shave unwanted pubic hair. Be careful though, and make sure you have a safe place to shower in and enough light to clearly see what you are doing.
Step 4. Brush your teeth
Although it may seem odd, brushing your teeth in the shower is actually very helpful. You can also brush your tongue and you won't be afraid to get toothpaste in your hair or on your clothes.
Part 4 of 4: putting the finishing touches
Step 1. Rinse off one last time
This is an important step in making sure that there is no soap left on your body. Make sure you are free of conditioner in your hair before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2. Turn off the water
Make sure the water faucet is closed tightly so that water is not wasted. Prepare to get out of the shower and collect the things you had taken with you.
Step 3. Get out of the shower
Get out of the shower carefully, as the bathroom floor is slippery and could be dangerous.
Step 4. Dry yourself with a towel
While standing on the bathroom mat, grab a towel. Gently dry your head, face, torso, stomach, groin, private parts and feet. If you've done it right, there should only be water left on the bathroom rug. When you dry your face, remember to pat it gently with the towel instead of rubbing it too hard.
Step 5. Apply other personal hygiene products
Now is a good time to put on deodorant, lotion, aftershave, styling products that you need to apply when your hair is wet, or any other product that you cannot apply while wearing your clothes..
Step 6. Put on your clean clothes
Put on your clean underwear first, then put on the rest of your clothes. You have now taken a full shower and are ready to go to bed or face a new day.
- Before you turn on the water tap, make sure you have everything you need near the shower so you don't have to come out to catch them.
- Let your shampoo and shower gel sit for 20 to 30 seconds before rinsing them off so that the ingredients in the product react and work best (i.e. wash well).
- You can also check for any remaining shampoo or conditioner by running a brush through your hair. If you see white foam or the color of your shampoo, continue rinsing. Once it's gone, you're done!
- Make sure there is a bath mat when you exit your shower. A mat or at least a towel on the floor will prevent you from slipping and hurting yourself when you get out of the shower.
- When using conditioner, leave it on for 2-5 minutes (or longer) for smoother, silkier hair. You can apply your shower gel and shave while you leave the conditioner on your head.
- Brush your hair. Human beings lose a little of their hair every day and you can get it back by brushing it to prevent it from falling in the shower and clogging it while you wash.
- You can use a brush in the shower after applying the conditioner. This will make it easier for you to brush them after you get out of the shower.
- If you're worried about getting shampoo in your eyes when you rinse off the lather, keep a washcloth near you and gently rub your eyes to make sure that no soap or shampoo is left on your face. Gently open your eyes. Otherwise, while the shampoo is still in your hair, be sure to keep your head tilted back so that there is less shampoo getting into your eyes.
- The skin on the soles of the feet becomes softer during a hot shower, making it easier to exfoliate dead skin.
- Don't brush your hair when you get out of the shower, as it breaks more easily when wet.
- Consider getting a rubber or plastic shower mat with suction cups underneath. This kind of mat will help you avoid slipping in the shower and hurting yourself while the suction cups prevent the mat from moving in the shower. However, mildew can grow under the carpet in humid environments, which is why you need to make sure to keep it clean and dry.
- Do not use electrical appliances in the shower! This applies to hairdryers, cell phones and radios. Any device with an electric wire or a battery must never be used in the bath or in the shower.
- Locking the door will give you a little more privacy, but if you fall or injure yourself, a locked door will delay the arrival of help. If you live with people you trust, consider not locking the door.
- Do not turn on the water while there is a pet in the bathroom. Sometimes cats like to sit in the shower tray, which is why you should check the shower before turning on the water.
- Be careful not to get shampoo or soap in your eyes, as they may irritate them.