An ode to short showers

The drought weather has led to calls for bath bans. Not to worry, here's why we're in favour of a quick shower anyway

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By Elle Turner on

God, I love a good shower. I appreciate I may be biased – my poky flat means that I don't actually have a bath – but, technicalities aside, I think that a shower can be superior to a stint in the tub. For example, I'd wager that jumping into a warm shower trumps waiting around for the bath to run. There’s none of that “Ooh, ahh – too hot!” as you lower yourself in. Then there's the fact that water pummelling against all your aches and pains is infinitely relaxing – a wash with a massage thrown in. Finally, there's the noise – your very own trickling soundtrack to drown out life around you. Bliss. Just as well really, because the hot weather has caused for calls to boycott baths from Scottish Water until the rain returns to top up our water supply. Advice from them includes using a watering can rather than a hosepipe to water plants, turning taps off when you're not using them (such as while your brushing your teeth), and taking shorter showers instead of baths since they use up just a third of the 80 litres needed in the tub. With that in mind, here's how to make the most of a spin in the shower.

Here's how:


It may sound counterintuitive to take a bath oil into the shower, but I've found massaging a bit of SenSpa's glorious Sleep Therapy Bath Soak, £5.95, over my arms and chest in the shower means that I'm left smelling like zen itself by the time I get out. It'll leave your skin feeling unbeatably plush, too.



If you're in need of something a bit more zingy, the gold standard of shower gels comes from The White Company. The gel-liquid morphes into a soft, fluffy foam and the Lime & Bay's lively scent is an ideal wake-up to whizz on in the morning.





After you've shampooed your hair, coat a generous blob of Sacha Juan's Hair Repair mask, £23, through your hair. You can pop it on your roots if they're particularly dry, as the proteins inside kickstart cell regeneration to help with hair growth. Or, if you find your hair gets oily at the roots but drier towards the bottom, stick it through the lengths and ends. It works best when left on for five minutes. But I've found that it works to impart glossiness in record time when used in place of a conditioner. You can have it on and off in 2 minutes max.



The good thing about showers is that the steam should leave the room slightly more toasty when you step out, giving you time to chuck on some body oil without freezing your whatsits off. A total luxury, Nars' Monoii oil, £44, smells like heaven (rich, sweet and coconutty), sinks in super quick and leaves skin gorgeously silky and healthy-looking. It's not cheap, but a little goes a very long way.



Article edited on 4th July

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