It’s been a long, cold, dry winter, you may find yourself with parched, droopy skin come Spring. Before you bare your arms, shoulders, back and legs, here are a few tips to get your skin smooth and glowing – and to keep it that way. It only takes a little TLC to get your skin into shape.
Problem: Dull, Scaly Skin
The first thing you need to do is shed off that old, dry winter skin.
Dry Skin Brush: The best way to exfoliate is to skin brush. It removes dead skin and enhances new cellular regeneration, softening skin and improving skin tone. Skin is our largest organ and our best way to detox. Look younger by brushing your skin on your face and body. It brings blood to the surface of the skin. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells, helping to feed skin. Skin-brushing, also called dry brushing – is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow. Find directions here from MindBodyGreen.com.
Body Scrub: A DIY sugar scrub will also speed exfoliation. Use a couple of times a week and your skin will be Spring ready.
DIY Lavender Body Polish Recipe
Infused with the calming lavender. Use this on your body after a warm bath or shower to gently exfoliate and moisturize the skin.
- 1 cup raw organic turbinado sugar
- ½ cup organic olive oil
- 10-15 drops of Lavender essential oil
Gently polish your body after a warm bath or shower. Leaves your body feeling yummy all over and skin silky to the touch.
Problem: Skin is Parched
Winter is very dehydrating, and it is easy to forget to drink water and get dehydrated over time. Skincare cannot rehydrate skin, it only protects from moisture loss, so make sure to drink plenty of water. We all are unique and our bodies’ need for water can vary. A good rule is to take your body weight, divide it in half, and that is the amount of ounces of water you need per day. For example, if you weight 150lbs. You need 75 ounces of water.
Problem: Pale Winter Skin
Solution: Increase Sun Protection
Sun exposure has been minimal, and your skin has been hidden away under sweaters and coats. As you take off layers you want to make sure to protect your skin. Remember that your skin absorbs whatever you put on it. That includes the ingredients of the skin care and/or sunscreen product you use. A quick and easy way to choose a sunscreen that is healthy and good to use is the Skin Deep App, by the Environmental Working Group. They rank skin care and cosmetic ingredients and health risk in a huge database. Don’t forget to cover up with a long sleeve cotton shirt or rash-guard while on the beach and don’t forget a hat.
Problem: Environmental Pollutants Exposure & Aging Skin
Solution: Sooth, Repair, and Protect Skin
Look for skin care products that work with skin’s natural healing process. Great skin and ageless beauty are all about getting inflammation down to curb skin damage and calm redness. What we put on the skin is ingested like anything we eat. Skin is porous and absorbs whatever is put on it. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals pack a punch and address environmental damage and help skin heal and repair. Leverage the amazing capability of your body to slow down the aging process and repair itself by feeding your skin nutritionally.
These simple easy tips will help to ensure great skin during the coming summer months.