I’m working on an editorial calendar for the summer and I’m excited to incorporate more beauty and skincare posts as these have become new areas of interest for me over the past year or so. I’m definitely not an expert but it’s been a lot of trial and error to find the products that work for me and I finally have a ton of favorites (new and old) that I feel are worth sharing. But first we’ll start with the basics: my favorite products to use in the shower!

design darling favorite products to use in the shower

The first thing I do when I get into the shower is shampoo and condition my hair. If you’ve followed Design Darling for a while now, you know that I chemically straightened my (naturally curly/wavy) hair in college, which left it super damaged and dry. I had a keratin treatment done when I lived in New York but at that point I think my hair was so far gone that it just needed time to grow out and get back to its natural state. (I’d definitely be willing to try it again if anyone has rave reviews!)

After years of diligent trims and no damaging treatments, it’s finally back to square one and I’m on the search for products that will tame my curls and, more importantly, the frizz that comes with them. I tend to switch it up when it comes to shampoo and conditioner depending on things I get sent in the mail and anything that catches my eye at Target or the drugstore. I will say, I love treating myself to Living Proof’s No Frizz shampoo and conditioner because they help smooth my hair (particularly around my face, where it’s most frizzy) and smell legitimately amazing.

The next thing I do is shave… Nothing exciting here, just Dove soap and a Venus razor. Am I the only one who tends not to use shaving cream? Dove soap is one of those smells that immediately takes me back to being a little kid — specifically to the outdoor shower at my Grandy’s house on Nantucket.

Then comes my favorite part of any shower: exfoliating. I was sent this Nivea Touch of Renewal body scrub by a PR company a couple years ago and I fell in love with the scent and how soft it makes my skin. I eventually ran out (even though it’s a pretty big container) and suddenly couldn’t find it anywhere in stores. Thank goodness for Amazon — Will actually orders this in a six-pack so we never run out because he knows how much I love it.

When it comes to taking care of my face, most of that happens after I get out of the shower, but I usually jump start the process by using my Clarisonic in the shower. I’ll put Cetaphil on my face and on the brush head (be sure to get the gentle skin version — I once picked up the normal to oily skin version and found it really drying). If I forget to take my makeup off with one of these Neutrogena wipes before showering, I’ll use this Tata Harper oil cleanser prior to using the Clarisonic. I’m new to the world of face oils (more on that to come) but highly recommend trying them if you haven’t already, especially if you’re trying to find natural alternatives to your go-to products.

Like I said, I’m pretty new to all of this but have started taking much better care of my skin this year and am finally seeing big improvements in my skin. I’d love to hear any of your favorite products to use in the shower as well as any requests for beauty and skincare posts in the weeks to come!

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  1. Hi, I have curly hair and only shampoo 1 x a week, get my hair wet daily and use conditioner if I do more my hair is so frizzy! I like kiss my face shave cream and spend only 6$ a month on a 4 blade shaver with dollar shave club save so much $ 😀

  2. Great post!

    A recommendation- over the years I’ve found that exfoliating before shaving actually helps you get a closer shave and extends the need to shave again by a day or so. I think it leaves my legs much smoother if I exfoliate first.
    Also, I highly recommend using Harry’s razors. They are marketed towards men but work just as well for us gals. They are much nicer to look at than the regular old Venus, and the replacement razor heads are cheaper too!

  3. You can’t find the Nivea scrub anymore because it has microbeads (polyethylene) which are now banned because they’re harmful for the environment.

  4. I don’t use shaving cream either- I actually use Honest Shave Oil- it smells like eucalyptus and you just feel the tingly clean feeling. I love it. I”m not a fan of their shampoo and their conditioner is ok. Trying to cut down on the chemicals I use on my body and the shave oil has been my favorite so far. Going to have to check out Nivea Body scrub!

  5. I hardly ever use shaving cream either! I find that it makes my legs get goosebumps and therefore makes shaving really difficult!


  6. i’m not big on traditional shaving cream either (the kind in a can), but i really like shaving creams that are more like lotions. i recently picked up the honey mango shaving cream from trader joe’s and it smells incredible! it does an okay job of moisturizing my skin too, but i usually leave it to my jergens wet skin moisturizer or coconut oil to take care of that!