Use warm water when you shower. It produces enough steam to enhance these treatments but isn’t so hot that you’ll be uncomfortable in sizzling-weather months.
Cleanse―and Deposit SPF
While not a substitute for wearing regular sunscreen, a wash-on block, like Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield Face SPF 15 ($48, amazon.com), is good for added insurance (or for husbands who neglect sunscreen altogether). It coats skin with an invisible layer of protective avobenzone.
2 of 12 Fresh
Stave off breakouts with the Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar ($39, fresh.com). It contains oil-absorbing clay and is ideal for shower use because the humid environment opens pores for a deeper clean. Stow the bar in a plastic soap container to make it last for months.
3 of 12Bain de Terre
Soothe Your Scalp
If you experience itchiness or flakes, try a gentle scalp scrub. “This is where dirt and oil build up,” says Max Cespon Leary, a stylist at the Louis Licari Salon in New York City. Work Bain de Terre Sugar & Fig Scalp Massage Scrub ($19.50, amazon.com) into your scalp to remove that buildup, then shampoo.
4 of 12 Opalescence
Apply a whitener before showering. The heat from the water can help enhance the stain-lifting power of the whitening ingredients, says Jason Olitsky, a dentist in New York City. Remove after drying off and the recommended time has elapsed. Try Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme trays ($100, 800-552-5512).
5 of 12Biolage
Repair Split Ends
To strengthen weaker strands, saturate wet hair with a protein-rich mask, like Biolage Age Rejuvenating Intensive Masque ($20, amazon.com). Next, twist hair into a bun and pop on a shower cap for the remainder of your shower. Rinse with cool water before turning off the tap.
6 of 12Clinique
Get a Facial
Emerge with a brighter, more even complexion, thanks to a multitasking mask that exfoliates and hydrates skin. Apply Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial Masque ($37.50, clinique.com), leave it on for five minutes, then massage it into skin in a circular motion before rinsing.
7 of 12 Neutrogena
For Your Body
Limit your shower to 10 minutes, maximum. Spending too much time in there can sap skin’s moisture (and waste a lot of water, too).
Fight Body BreakoutsCleanse acne-prone areas, like the chest and the back, with a wash containing salicylic acid. “It dissolves clogs inside pores,” says Rachel Herschenfeld, a dermatologist in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Try Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit ($7 at drugstores).
8 of 12 Tweezerman
Smooth Callused Feet
Gently slough away roughness on soles with a foot file, like the Tweezerman Pedro Too Callus Stone ($12, drugstore.com), which is easy to grasp. When skin is damp and softened by water, removing coarse layers is much easier and more comfortable than when skin is dry.
9 of 12Lather
Make Skin Silky
Once a week, work an effective yet mild scrub over damp skin, concentrating on the knees and the elbows. Lather Almond Crème Body Buff ($21, lather.com) fits the bill because it contains walnut-shell powder to exfoliate gently and sweet-almond oil to soften skin.
10 of 12Dove
When you use a cleanser chock-full of emollients, you can skip lotion after a shower (good news in humid, sticky weather). Dove Body Wash With Nutrium-Moisture ($6 at drugstores) contains soybean oil and glycerin and can double as a skin-softening shaving cream.
11 of 12 Nivea
Get Skin Glowing
Lather up with a body wash infused with oh-so-subtle glimmering conditioners. Try Nivea Touch of Sparkle ($7 at drugstores), a cream-oil formula that nourishes skin and leaves it with a hint of pretty shimmer after you towel off.
12 of 12Diana B.
Toward the end of your shower, evenly spread over your skin Diana B. 60 Second Instant Miracle Tan ($60, asecretadmirer.com), a made-for-the-tub self-tanning formula. Rinse off after a minute and pat―don’t rub―dry. Its key ingredient, a sugar protein, is activated by water. Bonus: The foam smells like chocolate.