How do I adult: Showering

Washing your face

Many people use a separate facial soap just to clean their face. This is usually short and quick. The soap container will usually tell you how much to use to wash your face. If it does not tell you, just use maybe a little less than a quarter-size amount. Rub the soap between your palms to get it a bit lathered up, and then rub your palm and finger on your face to soap up your face. Remember to get your whole face – forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and everywhere in-between. Avoid your eyes, nostrils, and lips.  You may want to close your eyes while you wash your face.

Rinse it off

If you are comfortable doing so, stick your face into the stream of water and rub a little with your hands to rinse off both your face and your hands. If you are not comfortable doing that, you can rinse just your hands off and wipe the soap off your face with your wet hands. If you do it that way, you will need to rinse your hands and wipe your face several times to get all the soap off. Remember to rinse around the edges of your face, including below your jaw and around your ears.

Face washing summary:

1. Get facial soap in your hand, following the instructions regarding how much to use.
2. Rub soap onto your face.
3. Rinse both your face and hands thoroughly.


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7 responses to “How do I adult: Showering

  1. I have a LOT of trouble showering with any kind of regularity. It’s not the steps that confuse me, though. If anything, it’s because I see ALL the steps I need to do, and it wears me out before I even start. Executive function issues don’t exactly help, either.

    • I definitely hear you there. That’s actually pretty much why I put the basic steps on their own pages – it really helps if you can find a way to only focus on the step you are doing, and maybe the one right after.

      • I wish I could! But I’m always afraid I’ll run out of energy halfway and then I’ll be standing there with my hair full of soap and no energy to dry off and get clothes on. Scary!

        • Ohh, that sounds like a spoons thing! Yeah, that makes it a lot trickier.

          I wonder if I could come up with a post talking about managing spoons.

  2. Great post, can’t wait to see more of the series.

    A few notes I’d like to make:
    1: If you have very short hair, e.g. less than 1 inch, the shower cap may not be necessary as your hair will dry very quickly anyway. I also happen to like the sensation of the water hitting my scalp so I don’t use one. And I know this will mostly apply to males

    2: There are other options to a washcloth. Sponges and loofahs (or luffas) can be used if you prefer the texture.

    3: I also keep a small scrubbing brush in the shower for particularly persistent dirt and for getting under my fingernails.

    • These are all very good points!

      On point 2 – I was trying to find a good balance between details and options, and not giving so many options that it looks overwhelming. I’m still figuring out how to do this, and the washcloth portion was definitely one of the toughest. There are just SO many options for what to use to wash one’s body. I also left out liquid soap (which goes well with loofahs) and other types of soap preferences people might have (I am very picky and only use hand made, cold process soaps). Also, sometimes people with long hair can skip conditioning – I rinse my hair with vinegar, and my bf, who has very long hair, oils it with olive oil once a week. Neither of us condition.

      So yeah. I definitely left out a lot of options, but I feared it would be overwhelming to people who are struggling how to figure out showering at all.

    • Oh, also. THANK YOU! I’m so glad you like the post!