8 Spring Shower Swap-Outs to Try TodayChristine Mikesell
Now that the weather is finally a bit warmer, I’ve been making some changes to my morning shower routine. Gone are the heavy moisturizing body washes and frizz fighting conditioners. Instead I’m reaching for lighter body washes and moisturizers, exfoliating products, and anything to start getting my feet ready for pedicures.
Shake Up Your Routine 1 of 9
It's easy to get stuck in a routine, even for a beauty blogger. New products show up on my doorstep, but I tend to stick with my tried and true favorites. Now that the weather is warming up I'm trying to shake things up by swapping out every product I use in the shower for a new one!
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Exfoliate While You Wash 2 of 9
We all have the net ball sponge for our body wash. Yes, it does a great job of creating lather and washing dirt off of your body, but it doesn't exfoliate anything. This spring I've swapped out for a Hammam Exfoliating Mitt. There are a lot of them out there (mine is from Beautisol), and they'll all help to remove dead skin and leave you glowing after the shower.
Pedicure Ready 3 of 9
Most of us have a foot file in our shower, whether we actually use it is another story. I've found that swapping out to the Pedi-Rock is faster. Because the rock is mostly a sponge, it curves around my foot and hits more surfaces at one time.
Lighten Up 4 of 9
Olay's Body Wash is known for being the most hydrating on the market, full of so many moisturizers that it has more than most actual moisturizers. It is one of my must-have items for the winter. Without it I become a dry and itchy mess. But, once spring rolls around, I'm ready to ditch the heavy hydrator in favor of something much lighter.
This year I'm obsessing over the H2O+ Cleansing Water. It is much thinner, but still has a great lather and gets me completely clean. It does have some light hydration, though my favorite is the scent, which reminds me of the ocean.
Amazing Scent 5 of 9
I've been reaching for a heavy-duty moisturizing cream all winter. While it does a great job of keeping my skin hydrated and eczema-free, I've been excited to liven things up a bit with a lighter lotion. This new Energizing Citrus lotion is lightweight and sinks into my skin immediately, and it also smells absolutely amazing! The citrus blend is very realistic.
Volumize Your Hair 6 of 9
I'm all about big hair this spring, especially if I can add that volume without needing to back comb or do anything else special. I've swapped out my normal moisturizing shampoo for the new volumizing Shampoo with Flax Fiber, and the results are more than I expected! My hair definitely has more volume that lasts all day long, especially if I pair it with the leave in spray treatment.
Baby Your Hair 7 of 9
Have you been coloring and using heat styling tools? Chances are your hair could use an intensive treatment. I have a ton of under 5 minute intensive hair treatments that I love. I've been taking an extra 5 minutes to use Pretty Little Elixir instead. This intensive treatment looks and feels like a normal conditioner, but after 10 minutes it has turned your hair super soft and shiny, and it won't weigh it down.
Smoother Shave 8 of 9
I'm a Venus girl, so changing up my razor isn't a huge change. I've finally found a store near me that consistently carries the new Olay razor blades. They seem to be consistently out of stock everywhere else. It turns out that there's a reason this razor blade is often out of stock -- it really is a closer shave. It pairs the 5 Venus blades that I love with an Olay moisturizing bar that really makes a difference. And it's still easy to navigate around tight areas like the underarm area.
Better Protection 9 of 9
It's not really a shower product, but you use antiperspirant right after the shower, right? I recently made the change from a Secret Solid to a new Clinical Strength Gel. While my old solid was "invisible," somehow the new gel is even more invisible. I swear, I see a difference after application. It's also stronger than the old antiperspirant, so I'm hoping it will help me throughout the summer.