Since I started on my cruelty free journey, I’ve written a few posts about my experiences discovering new brands of skincare and cosmetics. Today I thought I’d go over the cruelty free products I use on a daily or regular basis in the shower, to keep my hair strong and healthy, and my skin moisturised. Now, I understand that there are many different skin and hair types, and there are different products available to suit. Here’s a summary of my hair and skin type, so you can figure out if the products I use would suit you!
Hair type: Thick normal type curly hair, with dry ends.
Scalp type: Sensitive scalp, with some dry, flaky areas.
Facial skin type: Combination – mainly dry but with a very oily t-zone.
Body skin type: Mainly dry, with oilier patches on my chest and back.
So without further ado, I’m going to go through the products that I use in the shower, whether they are used daily or multiple times a week.
The first thing I do when I get into the shower is wet my face, then apply a thick layer of Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee face and body mask to my face, using the coffee grounds to exfoliate away any dead skin. I then leave the mask on for the rest of the shower, to let the oils sink in and moisturise the dryer areas of my face.
Then, I wet my hair and rub the Lush Soak And Float shampoo bar over my head – usually four or five strokes will provide enough suds, as I have pretty short hair! I then use my hands to rub the bubbles into my scalp and along my ends, and rinse immediately once finished.
Next comes conditioner, and I have two conditioners that I use on alternative days. First is the Superdrug Extracts raspberry and macadamia nut conditioner, for coloured hair. It has a great scent and keeps my hair in good condition, but isn’t quite moisturising enough for my dry ends. Second is the Noughty To The Rescue moisture boost conditioner, which I use on my ends to give them an extra moisturising boost.
Now it’s time to wash my body. I put on my exfoliating shower gloves, then use some of my favourite shower gel, Lush’s The Olive Branch. It has a lovely fragrance, and the olive oil helps to keep my arms and legs from getting too dry.
However, once a week I like to mix things up a bit. Instead of using The Olive Branch, I use some of the limited edition Rose Jam shower gel, which has the most beautiful fragrance, possibly in the history of all fragrances (yes, I’m obsessed). This is then followed by smearing a generous layer of Lush’s Ro’s Argan body conditioner on my arms and legs. I also occasionally use my Bubbly shower gel, to stop my showers getting boring.