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OUR BEAUTY EDITOR PONDERS THE APPEAL OF CLEANLINESS AND SHARES HER TOP SHOWER PICKS
while bathing my son the other day, it struck me how what we need to make us feel clean changes as we grow up. As new-born babies, we are first washed with just plain warm water or maybe a little scent-free aqueous cream – as it’s regarded as being much milder than soap and therefore won’t strip away infant skin’s natural oils. Aqueous cream has a minimum chance of irritating the skin, because it has no fragrance, but it is an efficient cleaning agent. And then we progress to mild baby soaps or liquid washes – also made using gentle ingredients that won’t sensitise the skin.
I remember, when I first went off to boarding school at the age of 14, I was shocked to discover that there were girls who did not find it necessary to wash in the mornings, arguing that because they’d bathed in the evening, there was no need to repeat the process in the morning. Now, where I come from, the idea of ‘over-cleaning’ yourself did not exist. My mother made sure of that. She would sometimes be a little bit lenient with my brother, letting him get away with not showering all day if he was not planning to leave the house, but my sister and I could forget it. We had to wash at least once every day; certainly in the morning and optionally each night, whether we had plans to set foot outside or not – it was not negotiable. It all became a bit of a chore… until I got older and discovered the joys of shower gels. The pure luxury of their scents and the rich foam you lather yourself with is a far cry from the mundane admin of the soap dish. No more cleaning the grime from the dish. No soap scum to scrub off once you’re done. Instead, your whole bathroom smells fresh and your skin feels clean and soft. Here are some of our favourite new shower products – just add water….
1. DOVE PURELY PAMPERING SHEA BUTTER BEAUTY BAR, 100G, R9. 2. CLARINS RELAX BATH & SHOWER CONCENTRATE, 200ML, R250. 3. NIVEA CREME CARE CREAM SHOWER, 250ML, R29. 4. KIEHL’S BATH AND SHOWER LIQUID BODY CLEANSER ‘GRAPEFRUIT’, 500ML, R265. 5. EUCERIN ATOCONTROL BATH & SHOWER OIL, 400ML, R140.