How to Shower the Right Way & Get Your Softest Skin Ever

by Jane Park | 10 Comments
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When it comes to showering, Americans have it all wrong. Most of us still use sulfate-laden suds that strip away what little moisture may remain on the armour of crusty dead skin we carry around.

I’m here to tell you that what we do need is to EXFOLIATE! Instead of rubbing skin-drying soap on top of dead skin, what we really should be doing is removing that layer, then hydrating and protecting the skin beneath.

Here are the three key body care steps that are the secret to beach-ready skin:

1. REMOVE

Slough off the top layer of dull, dead skin through thorough exfoliation. I like to double exfoliate: first with a dry loofah before I turn on the shower, then with a body polish in the shower.

2. HYDRATE

Nourish those young skin cells that you just revealed by applying a paraben-free moisturizer like our new Bare Body Milk. Freshly exfoliated skin actually absorbs and retains more moisture, so your skin will be radiant with health.

3. PROTECT

Before you leave for the day, make sure your newly beautiful skin is protected from the sun by slathering on the SPF.

Why clean old, scaly skin when you can reveal the softer, smoother skin beneath?

I’m sure I see the purpose of a shower differently because of my Korean heritage. (Gross factor alert! Turn away now if you’re squeamish.) When I was a little girl, my mom used to scrub me with a Korean exfoliating mitt until what used to be my skin formed a layer so thick on top of the bath water that you couldn’t see through it.

At a Korean bath house, you walk out a pound lighter—and you can see the pile of skin you left behind. If you can’t see it, you’re just not exfoliating enough.

It’s my life’s mission to liberate women who are buried beneath dead, dull skin. Reveal your hidden summer glow, ladies. Step out and exfoliate!

  • Kailah Gonzalez

    True story…finding a quick way to exfoliate in the shower is tough tho

  • Julie Scott Parker

    I always use my “scrubby gloves” in the shower, every day!

  • Sarah Wedl

    I LOVE Korean body scrubs. They hurt sometimes in certain places, but my skin is soooo soft afterwards! It’s hard to get the right amount of pressure on your own skin though. I need a scrub buddy haha.

  • Melinda Smith

    I love Korean scrub mits and was pleased when Julep offered them.

  • Natalie

    Those green scrubs are the best! My mama use to scrub me all the time when I was younger using the green scrubbing mitts.

  • Kate

    Where can I get these mitts? I’d like to try them. I don’t see them offered on Julep anymore?

  • Zadidoll

    Jane – I’d be interested in an exfoliating mitt from Korea. Might be something Julep could bring since Korean beauty is the hottest thing right now thanks to Memebox.

    • Glenda Gosey

      Great Idea….wish it would be in the next box!!

  • Alison

    I just purchased two different body exfoliaters from h-mart, not sure either are what you described. Can you post a photo of which towel or glove you recommend?

  • Nan

    Don’t appreciate the American-bashing in your intro. Seems a creative person could have come up with about 100 other ways to discuss exfoliating. If you think Americans don’t know how to shower, take a little tour around the world and notice the cleanliness standards in other nations.