Squeaky clean Ir­re­sistible shower gels

OUR BEAUTY EDI­TOR PON­DERS THE AP­PEAL OF CLEAN­LI­NESS AND SHARES HER TOP SHOWER PICKS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - WORDS MATHAHLE STOFILE

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.

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