You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Ways to Fix Your Shower Routine

10 March 12, 2015 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Essential Oils, Hair care, How to Use Essential Oils, Skin care, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Personal Care

Adults spend an average of 8–12 minutes showering every day. Think about that: that’s over an hour a week and 5 hours a month. Whether you like to wake up with a shower or wait until the evening to clean off the day’s grime, you might need to make a few changes to your routine.


Shower HeadWhen it comes to keeping clean, not just any old product will do, so make sure you’re packing the right products. Many commercial soaps and shampoos contain harsh surfactants like sulfates or concerning ingredients like parabens. Young Living’s personal care products not only avoid those ingredients, but they also give you the benefits of pure essential oils.


“Lather, Rinse, Repeat” Doesn’t Hold Water

We’ve all heard the old saying, but shampoo labels are merely telling us to wash our hair more than once. The phrase doesn’t necessarily mean you should “repeat” every day. In fact, unless your hair is oily, you probably only need to wash your hair 2–3 times per week. Gentler shampoos like Young Living’s Lavender Shampoo will get your hair clean without stripping away natural oils.


Don’t Overdo It with Conditioner

For most of us, natural oils keep the hair closest to our scalp sufficiently moisturized. Putting conditioner on your roots can over-moisturize, leaving your hair flat and undercutting your efforts at cultivating full-bodied hair volume. Instead, only apply conditioners like Young Living’s Lavender Conditioner from your hair’s mid-length through the ends. Leave in for 1–2 minutes to give the conditioner time to do its work, and voila! Balanced, more beautiful hair!


Toss Out Your Loofah

When it comes to exfoliating skin, loofahs are a favorite tool. However, since you keep your loofah in the shower, it never really dries out, making it prime real estate for a bacteria colony. Translation: every pass over your skin with the loofah leaves a trail of unwanted bacterial interlopers.


Instead, exfoliate with a homemade sugar scrub. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup almond or coconut oil, 1 cup brown sugar, and 2 drops of your favorite essential oil, such as a combination of Cedarwood and Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood. For a gentle and effective facial exfoliator, try Satin Facial Scrub, Mint. It will leave your complexion feeling and looking fresh, invigorated, and clean.


Clean Your Face Last

The majority of us are most concerned with the appearance of our face, so it’s understandable that this is a top priority. However, ingredients in other shower products might run onto your face and leave a residue, meaning you could be clogging your pores instead of getting clean! When the time is right, our top-of-the-line facial wash, ART® Gentle Cleanser, uses a mild foaming action that leaves your face feeling clean, soft, and supple.


Did you learn anything new? Which hair and skin cleansing tips do you use during your routine? Share your thoughts in the comments!

  • I never wash my face in the shower, it gets washed first with a gentle natural soap. At night I always remove eye make up with a special cream, then a make up remover milky cleanser applied with a cotton ball takes all the day’s grime off, followed by a refreshing toner to tighten up pores and really finish off cleansing the skin. After that you get eye cream and a good deep nourishing moisturizer… don’t forget your neck then you won’t get turkey neck lines. All takes about 5 mins, but my skin gets so many compliments… I never use a foundation either. This routine has been going on for about 40 years now I would think !

  • Nancy

    Just a note for Leslie with the color treated hair. I have colored my hair for years and since I have joined YL, I use the Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, and my hair looks great. It has a lot of body and shine. I have been using it now for about a month and a half, and I’m happy with it. I never gave a thought as to if it would hurt my colored hair, but it hasn’t. Hope this helps.

    • Pat Gheen

      It’s true for me also. Using the conditioner on the ends only. Works great.

  • Cindy

    When you say toss out loofah, does that also include those nylon scrubbies or just loofahs?

    • Thanks for your question Cindy. We would recommend tossing out or regularly disinfecting anything that can harbor bacteria. We hope that helps!

  • Tim

    Do you use both the mint satin facial scrub and art gentle cleanser?

    • Yes, absolutely!

      • Lindsey Elmore

        Like for real. This combo is amazing

  • Missy

    I’m having a hard time adjusting to the Lavender Mint shampoo and conditioner. My hair feels like a heavy film is on it. I rinse for about 4 minutes, wash (which I use about the size of a dime for my longer than shoulder length hair), rinse, then a pea sized Amt for conditioner. Anything else I should do?!

    • Hi Missy, None of our shampoos or conditioners contain sulfates, which is why the Lavender Mint Shampoo does not foam like other shampoos do. Although they are well known for their foam-supporting abilities, we try to avoid using sulfates in our products. We have chosen to use glucosides as surfactants in the shampoo as they more natural.

      Regrettably, we do not have any suggestions to provide in addition to what you have already tried. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our hair care products and will make sure to keep your feedback in mind. Thank you!

    • Lyndi

      Missy, I had a similar issue, I switched to the Copaiba Shampoo & alternate between the 2. It took about 2 months for my hair to adjust and not have that feeling. And I only wash my hair every other day in the summer (and work outside, sometimes, I just rinse it with a dab of conditioner) and every 2-3 days in winter. Love all the hair products now:-)

    • Lyndi

      I also have a shower head filter!

  • Leslie

    Is the lavender shampoo and conditioner ok to use on color treated (highlighted) hair?

    • Hi Leslie! We do not expect the dry hair spritz to pose any issues for colored hair. With that being said, we cannot speak to any particular features with an individual’s specific hair type, we would recommend trying the spritz of on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it is compatible with your color treated hair.

  • tina

    i wish they made them for color treated hair

  • I love using the Lavender Shampoo. I love the how my hair feel after and the I absolutely love the smell. Great products!

  • Pam J

    I just started using the YL Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. I plan to try applying the conditioner as suggested in #2. Love the way these products give me a refreshing wakeup scent as I shower in the morning.

    • Dorrie

      The Lavender Mint Shampoo is in my ER order this month. I can’t wait to try it. Have you noticed a difference in your hair? I am currently using a Lavender shampoo that I got at a local health store, but can’t wait to try the Lavender Mint.

  • Shelly

    I put about a 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil warmed on my short wet hair once or twice a month and let it mosturize for 5-10 minutes then wash. Usually do along with a nice bath with Epsom salt , sea salt and my oil of chose. It depends on my mood and needs. I love the feel after!

  • MaryKay

    Its interesting to read about washing your face last. I have always washed my face first with a washcloth and soap. Then after finishing my shower. I have always washed my face again before I get out. Just for that reason. I just felt my face didn’t feel as clean as the beginning. Since I now use the mint scrub my face feels even better. Also the last face wash I only use my hands and scrub I feel its not as harsh on my skin that way.

  • Deb

    In number 4 you stated “However, ingredients in other shower products might run onto your face and leave a residue, meaning you could be clogging your pores instead of getting clean!”

    When you said other products can clog your pores were you talking about Young Living Products or other brands? I just needed to know because if YL shampoo and shower products can clog pores on the face, wouldn’t they also have the same effect on the rest of the body?

    • Hi Deb – glad you stopped by! Everyone’s skin is different, but for some people, the moisturizing ingredients in conditioners particularly may contribute to breakouts. Because the skin on the face is generally more sensitive that the skin on the rest of our bodies, breakouts are most likely there. It’s a good idea to wash the face last when showering so you are only putting products on it that are specifically designed to benefit facial skin. Residue from not thoroughly washing off conditioners, body wash, etc. won’t provide any benefits and could contribute to breakouts, depending on the person. Hope that helps!

  • Niki

    Thats interesting. I’ve started making some products myself and was thinking of expanding to shower products. It’s hard to be chemical free.

  • info on hair conditioner.

  • I love my A.R.T. cleanser, toner and moisturizer! Thanks for the tip to wash my face last!

  • I use copaiba vanilla conditioner (love it) the shampoo has been sold out for some time. I also add rosemary as a finish after I towel dry my hair (leaves a healthy shine)

    • MaryKay

      That is one I have wanted to try. It seems to be out of stock when I think of it.

    • Penny

      How do you add the rosemary after shower for shine? Did you make a spray? If so, what is the recipe 🙂

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