A Self-Care Shower Routine for Peace and Relaxation

Have you been feeling a little short on some me-time? Maybe having a self-care shower routine will give you the peace and quiet time you’ve been craving.

Indulging in a shower is a great way to start your morning routine or to relax and unwind at the end of a hectic, long day.

Think about it. Don’t you always feel just a little more relaxed after you step out of the shower? But most of the time we just hop in and out without bothering to enjoy the experience.

Well, a self-care shower isn’t your average daily shower routine. It’s all about going that extra mile and taking the time to really pamper yourself.

So if you’re ready to enjoy this serene experience, let’s focus on the shower routine steps that will set you up for success.

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Self-Care Shower Routine Steps

Before the Shower 

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere

Since the focus is on self-care, we want to create a relaxing atmosphere. So what are some things you can add to your bathroom space to make you feel relaxed? 

If you’re struggling to come up with some ideas, here are some things I’d recommend.

Candles or Incense

Arrange a couple of candles around the bathroom. Light them up and watch them emit a warm glow. Decide if you want candles just for the scenery or if you’d like something scented. My go-to scent for candles is Vanilla.

Incense is something else you can burn to create a relaxing, fragranced atmosphere. Try these scents if you want something that will soothe you: Dragon’s Blood, Lavender, or Frankincense-Myrrh.

Decorations in Your Bathroom

Are the walls of your bathroom currently bare? Try adding some decorations to your bathroom. Things like quoted wall decor or even a tall leafy plant can create a peaceful space.

A Calm Playlist

Turn on your favorite playlist. Stick to something that makes you feel relaxed and at peace. If you have a soundbar or a speaker, connect your phone to it so that you can still hear the music over your shower running.

Gather Your Self-Care Shower Products

Once you’re in the shower, you’re in. None of that in and out business. I know I’m not the only one that hates stepping out of the shower to grab a product I forgot to take in with me.

Here is a list of some products you will need, but feel free to add in any products that you love and make you feel good.


Grab a washcloth, or two. You’ll need this to clean your skin.

Body Wash or Bar Soap 

Gather up your favorite soap or body wash. Pick one for cleansing and then another one that makes you smell good. I love cleansing my body with Castille soap ( I use the equate version because I love the thick consistency.) 

Face Mask

Pick a face mask centered around what your skin needs right now. And although you’re gathering your face mask before the shower, you won’t use it until after you step out of the shower.

We don’t want the heat and steam from the shower to mess up the mask. For example, if you’re doing a mask that needs to dry on your face for 10 minutes, it won’t be able to dry while you’re in the shower.

But once you step out of the warm shower, your pores will be open and primed for the face mask.

Body Scrub or Exfoliating Gloves

Invest in a good exfoliator. You can try a body scrub. I recommend the Tree Hut brand. It’s easy to use and rinses away easily in the shower. And it smells extra yummy!

Exfoliating Gloves are a gamechanger and exfoliate just as well as a scrub. And they are super easy to use. Here’s how: 

  • First, put them on your hands
  • Then you fully saturate the gloves under the running water
  • Apply ample amounts of your soap of choice
  • Rub the gloves all over your body to remove the dead skin.

Shower Cap

Don’t forget about your shower cap! You want to keep your hair dry. Unless you’re planning to also wash your hair during the self-care shower routine. And in that case, don’t forget to grab your hair care items.

In The Shower

Wet Your Skin

The first thing you want to do when you step into the shower is thoroughly wet your skin. But pay attention to the water temperature. Very hot showers aren’t good for your skin, so use warm water. I promise you’ll still get clean.

Lather up Your Body

Once you’re thoroughly wet, it’s time to go in with your cleansing soap. As I mentioned earlier, my go-to is the Castile Soap.  Save your fragranced body wash for the end of the shower.

The goal in this step is to clean your skin, but we’ll focus on smelling good later.

Apply your cleansing soap to your washcloth and lather up. Taking your time to lather up your body ensures you get all the spots. As you lather,  listen to the music that’s playing. Breathe in the Vanilla scented candles.

After you’re done soaping up, thoroughly rinse yourself off. And lather up again. Now it’s time to exfoliate.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Now that you’ve cleansed your skin, it’s time to exfoliate and say bye-bye to those dead skin cells. 

Grab your exfoliator of choice. Regardless of whether you’re using a scrub or exfoliating gloves, you want to start exfoliating from head to toe.

Take your time and give extra care to the roughest places on your body like your elbows and knees.

Rinse your body. If you used a body scrub, make sure you rinse it all away.

One Last Lather

After you exfoliate, it’s time to start wrapping up your shower. Lather up one final time with your favorite scented body wash. (See – I told you we would focus on smelling good later.)

Rinse, and now it’s on to wrapping up the final details on this shower routine.

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After the Shower

Apply a Face Mask

Apply your favorite face mask after you get out of the shower. If you’d like, you can do your entire skincare routine in this step.

Moisturize Your Body

Pat your skin dry after stepping out of the shower. It’s time to add some moisture back into your skin. Apply your favorite body butter or lotion.

Take your time when applying your moisturizer. You want to make sure you rub it into the skin.

Add a Little Fragrance

Grab your favorite body spray or perfume. For a body spray, mist it all over. For perfume, apply it to your wrists, behind your knees, and the back of your neck.  You’ll know how much you need based on how scented the fragrance is or if you’re using a body spray.

Slip into Some Loungewear

After you shower, show yourself a little more self-care by slipping into something super comfy. This could be loungewear, your favorite pajamas, or even a robe. 

Lately, I’ve been wearing this pink plush robe my mother-in-law gave me as a Christmas gift last year.

How to Have the Best Self-Care Shower Routine

Wouldn’t you agree that showers are perfect for self-care? They’re relaxing, you’re alone, and it just gives you time to think and clear your mind. You get to listen to music and just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and scenery you’ve created in your bathroom. 

What kind of activities do you do to make your shower feel more like self-care?

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