Shower TIME: What's in my SHOWER

Hi friends!

How are you!? What’s happening?

I'd like to start this post a little like 'The Most Interesting Man' ads.

I don't often shower, but when I do. I make sure that it's GOOD AND WORTH MY WHILE!

(If you want to stop reading, I understand...LOL)

I wanted to tell you, the last weekend in Denver, with girls, I was reminded how all ladies have their specific bathroom bathing, shower habits.

Like, shower lengths for example.

Long showers, short showers. Hot or cold, or what products you use, is SO personal. It was so good to be like, oh you use that for a body wash, oh yeah dry brushing is so in, etc.

Also, call me crazy but I love a cold shower.

I think it could be living in LA but seriously it wakes me up SO MUCH and I heard some weird things about it burning brown fat or something? 

Again, weight loss. I'LL DO ANYTHING. Plus the water in our place is either only lava hot or chilled drink cold. Nothing in between. So I just go with it. 

(I've also had my landlord come in when I'm in robe to try and get the temperature right - she's an old lady, LOL. Love her).

Cold showers have been said to:

  • Increases Alertness
  • Refines Hair and Skin
  • Improves Immunity and Circulation
  • Stimulates Weight Loss
  • Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery
  • Ease Stres
  • Relieves Depression

Read about that here. It's sort of like the same benefits for cryotherapy from my perspective. I do that regularly (like 3x a month) and I wrote about my experience here.

Truly though, with cold showers, you get used to it. It becomes normalized and it's not scary. 


But I wanted to share some of the amazing products, and my shower routine because I’ve done my research!

Shower with cold water: It is good for burning fat and its good to make your hair super shiny.

Dry brush: Seriously a little massage for yourself, dry brushing is great for your skin, cellulite and just overall loving your body, HA. I feel like when I do it I am doing good to myself. I got my dry brush for super cheap on Amazon, here and I do it twice a week with body wash in a circular motion to increase blood flow and help brighten my skin.

Exfoliate: I wrote a post on the importance of exfoliation here, but seriously believe in the benefits of exfoliating for skin clarity and tone. Makes you feel super soft and like a million bucks.

Leave your hair wet: I don’t blow dry my hair, ever. I do enough damage curling it and having it up all the time, that by letting my hair air dry it’s really helped with damage control. Perfectly straight hair isn’t always in, so let that natural wave show (even if it’s just a few days a week!)

Use a wet brush: I bought a really cheap wet brush that really treats your hair RIGHT. It’s gentle, prevents breakage and helps your hair grow longer, stronger and more healthy.

Don't dry off TOO much: Right when I get out of the shower, I dry off just a bit and put on an oil or body lotion. So key to get your skin when it’s a bit wet so that you can absorb the extra moisture from the water.

Always use a hair mask: I do a hair mask every time I shower, pretty much. My hair seriously needs the mouisture and i think showering less allows me to do it, and have it really soak in. I LOVE mixing high end, and low end brands. This has helped me to grow longer, thicker less damanged hair.

Get laser hair removal: It' SO WORTH IT and then I don't need to shave. I got it done in NYC and it's lasted forever. I did basically my whole body, I tried my arm pits and it didn't do anything though, but everywhere else really works! You can get deals on Groupon or Gilt City for really good places. For NYC I did Skin Spa Soho. 

Be picky about your bath towels:  I was using just regular old towels before, nothing special, but when I found MAYDE I was like, damn. I have not been living my life the right way. This towel is SO BIG so it wraps all the way around you, like a blanket and it’s so so soft I like to hang in it as LONG as possible.

Mine is the rainbow towel, and it's turkish made, huge and SO SOFT.  

You can get one here

Plus, I am in love with the pattern, it’s bright and cute and just really dope with the fringe. I LOVE it.

I have two for our bathroom and want to get more for when guests come.

Mayde also makes amazing beach blankets and I have such a cute one that I use for our trips on the weekend to Malibu or to the beach.

Before I was using ratchet towels that I barely fit on, and Justin and I would be like massive people on tiny towels. NO BUENO.

So the beach blanket seriously makes my life. The pattern is cute, it’s light and it makes me happy inside.


Shop my favorite Mayde towels:


Shop my favorite exfoliant and dry brushes:


Shop my favorite shampoos and conditioners:


Shop my favorite body lotions:


Shop my favorite hair masks:


What products do you guys use in the shower? Anything I missed? Tell me your routine!

Okay back to cooking, I'm trying to make dinners now (blah) and cook for like a week. WISH ME LUCK.

Love,

Krista

How to get super soft, young, bright, clear skin through exfoliation

We're talking easy cheap ways to stay soft and sexy y'all.

Today, I've got another easy thing that you can do that helps you feel and look your best. 
 

Exfoliating!

I will say that is one thing I'll say, I lotion and lather the F up at all times. Justin calls it 'slime' but after my shower, I seriously have so much lotion on my body it's visible for hours after.

I think because when I was little I had eczema and my skin was so dry I'd like bleed, I just really go into moisturizing. That's gross right? K. LOL.

For real though, exfoliating helps you stay youthful, feel better, and our skin is our largest organ. It's important to love it! 

A major key (DJ Khaled reference) to staying soft and supple is exfoliating.

Getting rid of all the dead skin, or dead whatever that lingers on your body. 

I feel like I've been exfoliating regularly lately and it's really just helped to clear my skin, and weirdly, to improve circulation on my body. Especially after a long day and workout, it's nice to just scrub and move everything around. I think too, that this sort of massage helps to reduce cellulite. 

If you use your exfoliant with a dry brush (MAJOR KEY) this is a added bonus and helps to improve circulation, and decrease cellulite.

Shape Magazine says,

Gentle dry brushing will slough off dead, dry skin, improving its appearance and allowing it to hydrate more efficiently when moisturizer is applied afterward.

As for detoxifying, dry brushing is similar to massage. The light pressure against your skin and the direction in which you brush helps move lymph fluid into the lymph nodes so this waste can then be eliminated. 

Your body naturally does this, but dry brushing speeds up the process and at the same time boosts circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, which helps them do their jobs better.


Benefits of exfoliating:

  • Removes dead skin cells from skin, which helps keep pores from clogging

  • Leaves the skin feeling SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN!

  • Reduces acne and blackheads through the cleaning of your pores (ew dude LOL)

  • Makes pores appear smaller

  • Speeds up the skin renewal process allowing smoother, healthier skin cells to take their place

  • Helps with fine lines and wrinkles

  • Helps with discoloration of skin

Also one of the major keys is that by exfoliating helps you to clear off dead skin for a better fake tan.

FOR REAL. By having soft smooth skin you provide a great base for the self tanner to absorb and look natural, not streaky or stripe-y. 

Been there, HA.

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My favorite self-tanners:


Best body scrubs:

I really LOVE LOVE the Laura Mercier body scrub because it smells INSANE.

It's the only thing Justin has commented about smelling good on me, ever.

So it's worth it, and I'll mix it with my cheaper Trader Joe's Body Scrub or Homemade Body Scrub sometimes to make it last.

Pictured I am using Raw Sugar Living Body Scrub which is really great, organic products and super affordable. Love this brand!


Recipe for a homemade body scrub via wellness mama:

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup almond oil

1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil 

1 tsp real vanilla extract

Mix it all together, and keep in a container in the shower! Use 1/2 cup when you want to scrub. This one will be a brown sugar almond scent, and if you want to a different scent, use a different type of extract of essential oil! 


Do you guys make your own scrubs or exfoliate regularly? I think I needed the reminder, that it's so easy and cheap and you look and feel so much better!

There's also this really good DIY recipe via Elle Magazine that has Coffee in it that I love too!

Keep me posted - what are your favorites?! 

Chat soon,

xoxo
Krista