10 Easy Items to Add to Your Shower Routine This Spring

Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Camilla Nickerson. W Magazine, September 2008

Who says your shower time is just for cleansing? While soaps and shampoos may be the most popular products to use in the shower, there’s no reason to stop there. For the low-maintenence multi-tasker, there’s a new generation of time-saving products to add to your regimen. From hydrating facial treatments to replenishing hair masks to nourishing body scrubs, these spring must-haves will help to restore damaged hair, extract skin impurities and even add a gradual tan all within minutes. Here, a breakdown of what to buy, for every concern.


Who: Anyone with weak, dry hair. What: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, $36,, is a five-minute deep conditioning hair mask infused with natural ingredients to help protect and replenish over-processed hair. Where: Use the mask on hair, by massaging it in from root to tip. When: Use once or twice a week, leave on for 5-10 minutes. Why: Formulated with Viatmin B, rosehip and argan oil and a touch of silk, it’s a quick fix to transform damaged locks into healthy hair.


Who: Anyone with rough, dry skin. What: Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap, $17, is a triple-milled cleansing bar that helps remove dead skin and give skin a radiant glow. Where: Massage over entire body onto wet skin. When: Use in shower daily for a gentle exfoliation. Why: Infused with seaberry oil, cranberry and bamboo exfoliants and shea buttter to help soften and restore dehydrated skin.


Who: For someone who wants perfectly “air-dried” hair texture. What: Perfect hair Day (PhD) In-Shower Styler, $24, Where: Massage into hair, from root to tip. When: Use while in the shower, but after shampoo and conditioner. Why: True to its name, the styler’s formula makes hair soft, shiny and full of natural body. Cationic and hydrophobic resins help enhance hair’s shine and flexibility leaving the formula to do all the work for you.


Who: For anyone looking to rejuvenate tired skin. What: MIO Skincare Natural dry body brush, $20,, is built with natural boar bristles and rubber nodules to help detoxify your skin. Where: Massage brush from legs to upper body. When: Use on dry or wet skin, three times a week in the morning. Why: Perfect fix to help improve cellulite and bloating all while exfoliating the skin.


Who: Someone with red, rough skin. What: Perricone MD PRE:EMPT SERIES Refreshing Shower Mask, $50,, is a cooling gel mask that is activated by the heat of your shower to help even out skin texture and soften the skin. Where: Massage a thin layer onto entire face. When: Apply in shower onto a clean face and rinse off after 15 minutes. Why: Skin will feel calm and hydrated.


Who: Someone with dull, damaged hair. What: R+Co Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Masque, $29,, is a hair mask formulated with oils and butters that leave hair shiny and healthy. Where: Massage into hair, from root to tip. When: Use as a pre-shampoo treatment, a cleansing conditioner or a hair mask. Why: A mask that will leave behind stronger and shinier hair with the added benefits of thermal and UV protection.


Who: Someone looking for a quick fix to transform dull and tired skin into a radiant glow. What: Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant 60 Second In Shower Facial, $7,, is a quick treatment that gently exfoliates skin. Where: Massage over entire face. When: Apply in the shower to to clean skin and rinse. Why: Soy and lemon peel extracts help remove dead skin and and brighten the skin– in all under a minute.


Who: Someone looking to exfoliate and purify skin impurities. What: The Seaweed Bath Co. Awaken Exfoliating Detox Scrub, $15,, is an organic bladderwrack seaweed body scrub that helps to clean and moisturize, all while detoxifying the skin. Where: Massage over entire body onto wet skin. When: Use 2-3 times a week. Why: This scrub is infused with rosemary and mint essentials oils for softer skin, while French clay and coffee extract help to extract skin impurities.


Who: This is best for someone who is looking to exfoliate and moisturize their skin all at once. What: Meant The Wonder Polish, $43,, is a 2-in-1 body scrub and moisturizer formulated with fine-grain sugar crystals and ground coffee to help exfoliate, while avocado and argan oil help soothe and nourish skin. Where: Massage over entire body. When: Use on clean skin, twice a week. Why: Tone and firm skin while reducing cellulite and scaring all in a body polish that does the work for you.


Who: Anyone looking to add a natural, sun-kissed glow without the harmful UV rays. What: St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan, $25,, is a self-tanning lotion with intense hydration that leaves behind a natural, non-streaky tan. Where: Head to toe. When: Apply to freshly cleansed skin for three consecutive days to gradually build a natural tan. Why: Natural DHA and sweet almond oil leaves skin nourished and hydrated with a natural glow, fooling everyone to think you ran away on vacation.