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Dear Soko: Where Does My Shower Fit Into My Skin Care Routine?

Where does a shower fit into your skin care routine? Welcome to Dear Soko, a series dedicated to answering your biggest skin care questions with advice from Soko Glam’s skin experts. Whether you’re confused about specific ingredients or what you need to do to achieve healthier skin overall, these experts are here to guide you

This week’s question comes from commenter Tess who asked: “I take off my makeup and double cleanse, then shower, then moisturize…is this the correct way to do this?”
Here’s Soko Glam’s skin expert’s answer:
Dear Tess,
Yes, you’re doing it right! And if you want to add any products to your routine, you can use your shower or bath as a means of optimizing your time.
Many that are interested in a multi-step routine feel it’s too intense or it’ll “take too long”. I get it — but think about it, it’s very likely you’re already half way to a 10-step routine. A standard routine is: cleanse, exfoliate two to three times per week (wash-off mask or exfoliator), serum, eye cream, moisturizer + SPF. The only steps missing are oil cleanser, toner, and essence — that’s just three more pat pats of product into your skin.
If you’re worried about time lost, here’s what I suggest:
Before showering, do your cleansing steps and apply a wash-off mask and then hop into the shower (only cleanse in the shower if you’re using lukewarm water as hot water is not great for your skin). While you’re showering, the mask is doing it’s thang. Masks that work best for this are Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask Wash Off or the Thank You Farmer Back to Relax Soothing Mask. I would advise against clay masks and any acid peels; clay masks need to dry down and you really need to monitor acid peels and how it makes your skin feel.
Now if you’re taking a bath, laying back and relaxing, you can tone and throw on a sheet mask in there. Since not too much water is being splashed around, you don’t have to worry about the precious ingredients being washed off.
Before exiting the shower, rinse off the mask and follow with your treatment steps. If you’re getting out of a bath, just apply serum and moisturizer. Voila!
Your Skin Expert

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