Jumping right in, there’s not a whole lot I can say on the topic of my shower routine. Basically I have to get in and out as quickly as possible, lest some small person should come along, throw open the curtain, and ask, “Are you done yet, Mommy??” Let us fall back on bullet points, shall we?
Unmitigated Truths About Diane’s Showering Experience
- For starters, I shower properly: facing away from the water. HEAR THAT, SHAMPOO COMMERCIAL PEOPLE? (Emily explains this far more eloquently here.)
- I use a shower pouf instead of a washcloth. Washcloths don’t suds up well, and I need a lot of suds to feel clean.
- I love Bath & Body Works shower gel. My favorite is a discontinued (OF COURSE) scent called Water Blossom Ivy. A couple of years ago they had a big sale on it online, and I bought a lot. Enough that I’ve still not run out two years later. This is because the gel is super concentrated, not because I rarely shower. That being said,
- I don’t shower every day. I aim for every other day, or whenever I get hella-sweaty, whichever comes first.
- I also don’t wash my hair every time I shower. My hair is pretty dry, so I try not to wash it more than a couple times a week. Since I have two small children who rarely allow me the luxury of showering for more than 28 seconds, THIS IS NOT USUALLY A PROBLEM.
- I do everything in the same order every time. This is due to necessity rather than being OCD, because otherwise I would flat out forget to do something.
- I don’t use shave gel. I shave while the conditioner sits, so I run my fingers through my hair and use the bits of excess conditioner to soften my skin. Crafty.
- Not having shave gel is part of my desire not too have 87 bottles of various cleansing products in my shower. I have separate shampoos and conditioners for straight/curly hair, body wash, and face wash. Matt has shampoo, body wash, and a bar of soap. This is necessary, because there are about 900 rubber ducks and frogs in our shower. We started out with just a few, but clearly they got freaky when we weren’t looking. At least someone is getting some in my shower. Sigh.
- That got depressing. Moving on.
- I wash my face at the end of the shower (but only if my face is feeling oily. Otherwise I never wash it, which maybe sounds gross, but I’ve always had good skin, and I credit that to the fact that I don’t overwash it. Hey, look, the parenthetical aside is now longer than the rest of this bullet point, so maybe I should wrap it the hell up. What was I talking about? Oh, right. I wash my face at the end of the shower,) after I condition my hair, so I always make sure I wash my hands with soap in between. Otherwise I’d be rubbing conditioner INTO MY FACE.
- I don’t sing in the shower, but sometimes I dance. To whatever song is stuck in my head. It’s a compulsion.
That’s all I’ve got. Now lay it on me in the comments. What kind of shower quirks do you have?