November 4, 2010 | | 3 Comments It goes without saying, or does it? Cleanliness is next to godliness. We have all heard it before. I find myself preaching it to my daughter daily! As women, how many of us really adhere to it? I don’t mean the basics. I am sure we all shower and take care of the bare minimum. A daily hygiene regimen can be quite taxing when we barely have time to shower. I have a few little trade secrets that I would love to share with you. Some you may know! Nonetheless, it’s good to be reminded. It’s good to get into the practice of washing away the day, nightly. After your children are off to sleep and you have finished your homework, try to take a bath. I don’t recommend this every night; but, a good Epsom salt soak helps to alleviate stress and prepares us for a night of slumber. Did you know that Epsom salt is also an amazing exfoliator, natural emollient, as well as a detoxifier? To save time, I have a shower caddy with all of my favorite products right by my shower. It is my saving grace! I have my toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss (my dentist would be so proud). I also have my Cetaphil (gentle facial cleanser), skin toner, and moisturizer, as well as baby oil, body lotion, and a large toothed comb. Of course my favorite body soap, shampoo/conditioner, and shaving products are in the tub. Aside from these essentials, my shower caddy allows me to easily navigate through every step, even brushing and flossing my teeth, all while in the tub/shower. If I am washing my hair, I typically do this first. I then leave my conditioner in after a quick comb through to detangle. Conditioning my hair, I go through the rest of my steps. Did you know that you can create an excellent exfoliator by combining your facial or body cleanser with Epsom Salt? A half-teaspoon mixed into your facial cleanser will leave your face smooth. Generous amounts used to exfoliate your body, working your way from your feet on up, will help to eliminate dead, rough skin. This works well alone or mixed with liquid body soap.I then ask myself, â€˜to shave or not to shave?’ If there’s time!!!! After I cleanse my face and body, I splash my face with toner, prepare my toothbrush, and I rinse my hair while I brush my teeth. When I am finished, I apply facial moisturizer. I then apply a light layer of baby oil to my body before drying off. I lightly towel dry and then moisturize my body. I step out of the tub ready to do hair and light makeup (on a good day) and get dressed. I know it may seem rushed; but, actually, I feel refreshed as if I took a long, luxurious shower. Perhaps I helped and gave you an idea or two. Maybe I insulted your intelligenceâ€¦ I hope not! What this entry is intended to do is to make you realize that we all may lack time; but, never should we stop pampering ourselves. We look, feel, and present ourselves so much better! ïŠ How do you pamper yourself after a tough day? We would love to hear about it in the comment box below!