Lifestyle | Multi-Tasking Self Care Shower Routine For Dry Skin & Hair (and a Friction Free Shaving Review)

If you've read my post about Living with Mental Illness and Self-Care you'll know that everyday tasks can sometimes be a struggle for me, but I've been trying a lot harder to look after my dry skin and hair recently (particularly since getting balayage and bleaching the ends of my hair) without going through a boring and time-consuming process. Since I now have a bathroom that I actually want to spend time in (catch up on my Concrete Botanical Bathroom Tour here for a look around) I feel like I've really nailed my shower routine (is that a thing?) by choosing products that work well for me and multi-tasking so I thought I'd share it with you. 

Garnier Sleek Restorer Shampoo and Conditioner on dark wooden box.

Right now I've been loving Garnier Sleek Restorer for dry, frizzy hair. It's the first time I've picked Garnier over L'Oréal Elvive but my hair feels a lot softer. After the first shampoo I'll also go in with the Touch of Silver Brightening shampoo to fight yellow, brassy tones (which I'm  prone to because of the underlying red tones from previous dye). I like to leave this on for a while so I clip my hair back and move on to body scrub. I love the Breakfast Scrub from Soap and Glory because it smells amazing, sweet but not sickly - like brown sugar, and it's very thick with abrasive sugar particles that make it very easy to use as it doesn't just slide right off like some. I've also started using the Sugar Crush version which is similar but not quite as thick (and therefore not as abrasive) and smells like lime Starbursts. Of the two I prefer The Breakfast Scrub but Sugar Crush is a more refreshing scent for summer and pairs better with the matching shower creme. After a quick rinse I then use the Garnier Sleek Restorer hair mask on the lengths and ends of my hair making sure to really coat the hair before clipping it up once more. I recently went to repurchase this product but it was unavailable so I bought the Marvellous Transformer Balm version instead. This mask is a lot thicker in texture which makes it easier to properly coat the hair but I much prefer the scent of the Cocoa Butter one.

Friction Free Shaving razor with Garnier Hair products on wooden slatted box.

While I let that work I shave my legs. At the moment I use a leftover salted caramel soap from Lush which is creamy and buttery but I also love the Soap and Glory Whipped Shower Butter to make sure my legs are getting some nourishment. I gave up buying supermarket razors over a year ago now when I signed up for the Friction Free Shaving* subscription and I haven't looked back. I've got the Frankie razor which is a lot more weighty than a standard disposable one and it comes with 4 blades a month (or every two months). I find the service cheap and convenient and the razors are good quality (although very sharp so I try, and fail, to be very careful around my ankles to avoid nicks. I love that I don't have to remember to buy razor heads or wait until they're on offer anymore and if I end up with too many, because my self-care has been suffering and I haven't had the energy to shave, I can change or pause my next delivery.  If you would like to order any of your own FFS razor you can get £5 off your first order with this link*

(*With the FFS 'Refer A Friend' offer you'll get £5 towards your razor priced over £9 and I'll receive a 500 point credit to my account when you place your first order; if you'd prefer not to use this offer you can visit their website directly by clicking here).

I also use this time to wash with either the Lush soap or Soap and Glory Smoothie Star. In the summer months I prefer either The Body Shop Pinita Colada shower gel (which is the best for taking me back to holidays and cocktails)  or my new favourite, Sugar Crush. which has a syrupy, lemon and lime scent similar to Sprite! After rinsing my hair once more and applying one last conditioner I like to wash my face with the Soap and Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash as the huge bottle is great for leaving in the shower. 

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush products on wooden slatted box with bath in the background.

Now as I suffer from dry skin it's really important that I add some moisture back into the skin as soon as I'm out the shower. Recently I've been using The Ordinary Hyaluronic acid on my face which feels like an extra barrier to help lock in moisture. For my body I love The Body Shop's Coconut and Pinita Colada body butters (seriously, the Pinita Colada one is amazing!) and Soap and Glory's Smoothie Star body milk, although my skin doesn't react well to their Original Pink formula, nor their hand creams (I have to pass them on to Harry!) I have to be really careful what I use on my hands because of my eczema and have found Aveeno to be the best at keeping them soft and non-itchy. My hair is thick and frizzy so after towel drying (I avoid using heat unless I have to) I brush through with a Wet brush and apply the L'Oréal Miracle Oil throughout the lengths and particularly to the bleached ends. I also use this oil once my hair is dry to help combat frizz and make it feel soft and silky. 

Bath products on wooden shelves.

I still find looking after my dry skin and hair to be a time-consuming process (and I really try to only wash my hair a couple of times a week) but getting into a routine makes it more manageable and I do notice the different when I make the effort to apply extra hair masks and body moisturisers. Since having the new bathroom I'm also a lot more motivated to take the time out to pamper myself.

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