Since the pandemic began, showers have become my sacred space. It’s the one time out of my day that I get tangible, real results from a self-care practice. You know, you can work out, wash your face, eat healthy—but all of those habits take some time to see the results. With a shower, you hop in, relax, play some music, and you come out clean, feeling a bit less stressed, your skin is soft, and you smell good. I mean, what’s not to love?
But during the course of this *waves hands wildly* I became somewhat disenchanted with my showers. Because, you know, that’s sadly what depression and anxiety do to you: zap away your love for the things you once sought pleasure from and turn it into a thing you dread. I started resenting having to take a shower each day, putting it off until it was 4 or 5 p.m. in the evening or sometimes even skipping a day. My serotonin levels were like … yeah, this isn’t doing it for me anymore.
That is, until I discovered #ShowerTok. What is ShowerTok, you ask? Well, ShowerTok is a genre of videos on my favorite app of all time, TikTok, where people post their elaborate shower routines. I’m talking scrubs, two different soaps, multiple body washes, oils, lotions, shampoos and conditioners, the works. And I am OBSESSED.
ShowerTok is where people post their elaborate shower routines—scrubs, soaps, multiple body washes, oils, lotions, shampoos and conditioners, the works.
ShowerTok made me discover the joy in showering again. The feeling of a really good sugar scrub on your skin and how soft you feel afterwards. Spraying the shower water with a nice smelling mist to create an *ambience*. Shaving and applying a dry oil and feeling your soft, smooth legs in your sheets before you go to bed. Lotions that smell so good you want to bite yourself.
And the thing about most ShowerTok videos is that the products aren’t even super luxe. Most ShowerTok women use a lot of Bath and Body Works, Johnson & Johnson baby products, and the ever-famous $8 Tree Hut scrubs you can find at your local Walmart, Target, or Ulta. And that’s the appeal for me. I love seeing people taking these super lush showers using affordable products.
So, to get myself out of my shower slump, I took myself to Target and loaded up on some scrubs and body washes. I curated a routine that works for me: Wash with soap, scrub (not every day), wash again with a nice smelling body wash for a vibe, apply a dry oil, slather myself in lotion, spray some perfume or body wash, and BAM. I can’t believe how much these simple videos have brought back some much needed joy in my life. Truly and honestly, iconic.
Of course, I couldn’t leave you hanging, so here are a few of my fave ShowerTok videos.
Shower Closet, Anyone?
All I want in life is an entire closet filled with shower products.
@sorayaskincaresgoodnight tiktok ✨ #showertok #hygiene #selfcare #fyp♬ Euphoria – sorayaskincares
That shot of the scrub and the shaving is *chef’s kiss*.
@kiara.routineszwelcome to showertok✨🤍 #foryoupage #foryou #fyp #showertok #shower #selfcare #foryoupageofficiall #relaxing #shaving♬ im a big gurl – 🍒𝖘𝖚𝖕𝖗𝖊𝖒𝖊 𝖖𝖚𝖊𝖊𝖓🍒
The vibes created in this ShowerTok are IMMACULATE. I also need this shower setup ASAP.
@poppysvibeevibesss 🤍✨#fyp #showertok #WonderWaterWhip #4u♬ Ski Mask The Slump God – Foot Fungus – Kiersten
I Love Hue
A color-coordinated shower wall? I am in love.
@cayycarter*posting to stay on shower Tik tok* #fyp #foryoupage #showertok♬ pov – Ariana Grande
Slow It Down
This ShowerTok inspired me to up my pajama game. I’d been wearing ratty old tees and random shorts for forever, but I recently ordered some cute silk sets and bralettes. Gotta say, it did make me feel a lot better!
@kaelimaeeself care comes first 🤍 comment some words of encouragement for others! @novashinesmile #fyp #ad #foryoupage #routine #grwm #hygiene #selfcare♬ daddy issues slowed – slowed vibes🦋
I have never been more jealous of someone’s bathroom than I am of this one. I would literally live in my shower if it looked like this.
@.kenziesvibeeshowertok🐆🐆 II this is my moms shower!! II #TheProm #MakeItVogue #MONCLERBUBBLEUP #GoodMorning #CancelTheNoise #fyp #showertok♬ original sound – xxtristanxo