Shower Power

Photography by: Victoria Pearson
Shower Power

When you’re back on dry land, make the rejuvenating benefits of your shower last by slathering your body with a hydrating moisturizer or body oil. Do it while your skin is still damp, which seals in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth all day. (If you need to, you can towel off a bit after you’ve moisturized.) If your skin is extra dry, use a gel moisturizer, dry off, then seal in even more moisture with a lotion or cream. To make your experience feel really indulgent, keep some fruitinfused water in your fridge and sip it as you continue getting ready, suggests Cairns. Another idea: Put your bathrobe and towels in the dryer before you hop in the shower (and ask your partner to fetch them!) so they’re warm when you get out.
(a) DayNa Decker Clementine Essence Crème ($68; hydrates parched skin with shea butter and argan oil.
(b) NIVEA Express Hydration Freshening Gel ($8; drugstore .com) is enriched with natural sea salt and glycerin and keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours.
(c) Naturopathica Lavender Honey Balancing Mist ($28; helps tone skin and keep it super-hydrated all day.
(d) St. Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Advanced Body Moisturizer ($5; eschews all parabens, phthalates or animal-derived ingredients.
(e) Absolis Patyka Precious Woods Body Oil ($65; is a Parisian plant-based oil that comes packaged in recyclable, glue-free boxes.
(f) Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion ($8; contains 100 percent natural fragrance.

“You can change your mood instantly with aromatherapy,” says Barbara Close, founder and CEO of Naturopathica and author of Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics (Chronicle Books). “Plant essences have the power to energize or relax the body, as well as conjure up memories that can instantly alter how we feel.” Here’s what to reach for, depending on what you need:

You’re exhausted Mix eight to 10 drops of fennel or ginger oil with an ounce of olive oil (to dilute the strong scent) and apply to a washcloth. Gently scrub your entire body to encourage circulation. Then rinse well.

You’re stressed Choose a grounding scent such as sage or lavender, both of which are calming to the central nervous system. Put two or three drops of oil on your hands, rub together, then hold them up to your nose and inhale for five deep, steamy breaths.

You’re down Breathe in a drop or two of lemon or grapefruit oil before, during or after your shower. Citrus scents are known as “happy” oils and can really help lift your spirits.