With the sun coming out and the snow melting away, we put less clothes on show off our warm-weather bodies. The whole “out of sight, out of mind” principle does not work anymore. Girls begin shaving again, nails are painted, and moisturizer is used by the gallon. Here are a few tips to avoid being a crusty, hairy mess during this spring.
1. Give your makeup drawer a spring cleaning.You should definitely go through your cosmetics drawer and the shelves behind the mirror. Check the expiration dates on those bottles, and feel free to toss anything and everything old, crusty, dried up, or that you just don’t want/use anymore. Old makeup should definitely be replaced, especially mascara you’ve had for more than three months. The style is changing along with the season, so find fresh, springy colors for your makeup. Also, if anything is collecting dust in your cabinet, definitely throw that junk out! If you don’t use it now, chances are you aren’t going to begin using it anytime soon.
2. You can’t go wrong with a pedicure. It is probably a good idea to head to the salon and get a pedicure. Dry skin accumulates like crazy during the winter, and I imagine there is a good bit on the bottom of your foot right now. So put in a few extra bucks and pay for the good pedicure that includes the callus removal. You could also invest in a cheap scrub for your foot, and use it every time you take a shower. To soften your feet, they need to soak in warm, soapy water for at least two minutes. Also, applying lotion immediately after showering keeps the moisture from the water better than putting lotion on dry skin. Nobody’s got time for ashy legs this spring!
Exfoliating is key to get rid of all the dead skin. Home remedies work just as well as store-bought products, so here are a few recipes to make your own face wash:
Coconut Oil and Sugar Facial Scrub
You will need: 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Sweet Vanilla Sugar Scrub
You will need: honey, sugar, vanilla, olive oil, and vitamin E (can be bought or found in some oils).
If you do not want to follow a recipe, feel free to mix a few ingredients together. Here is a list of healthy ingredients for your skin and what they can do for you:
1. Sugar: inhibits bacteria growth, sloughs off dead skin with its rough texture
2. Honey: hydrates, kills skin bacteria like acne
3. Baking soda: helps with acne, exfoliates
4. Oatmeal: good for moisturizing and sensitive skin, anti-inflammatory
5. Sea salt: promotes cell growth, good for dry skin
3. There is no such thing as too much protection.With the sun being out from behind the clouds, make sure to use sunscreen whenever you’ll be spending considerable time outside. Sunburn is never a good way to begin the season, especially with Spring Break quickly approaching.
So don’t be afraid to try out some new remedies for healthy skin this spring. Now is a great time to let your best skin shine!