7 Steps to Healthier Skin this Spring

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Spring is officially here and if you’re like me, living in the Northeast, we’re still trying to get through the remnants of Winter.  Although the weather isn’t quite Spring like yet, it doesn’t mean we can’t get our skin game in check for the warm days ahead.  Regardless of where you live these tweaks will help you change your skin care routine in time for Spring and Summer and beautiful skin ahead.


      1. Exfoliate Daily
        The first step to fabulous skin this season is starting a regular exfoliating daily routine.  Try cleansing face daily with an oscillating brush, which gently exfoliates your skin.  You can either lather your face with your favorite face wash, then use the brush, or add the product directly to the brush head.Don’t have an oscillating brush? No problem, you can achieve the same results by using a gentle facial scrub daily, such as Alba Organics scrub, $5.
      2. Body Bootcamp 101
        Spring is the best time to prep skin for swimsuit season.  Start by investing in a great body scrub, and using it regularly will make your skin softer, smoother and beautiful.  My personal favorite are Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash, $6, Origin Modern Friction, and Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $65, these work great when used along with a loofah.
      3. Wave bye bye to heavy moisturizers
        With the season change, and increased humidity, it means you can put away your heavy moisturizing creams and switch to a lighter lotion.   If your skin feels tight after putting on moisturizer, then try a slightly richer cream.  However, if you notice you have got the afternoon greasiness, opt for a lighter lotion.If you T-zone is really oily or you are acne prone, then skip  moisturizer all together and try a soothing toner.  Remember use a Toner and NOT an astringent (they tend to contain more alcohol) after washing your face.  It will help bring the pH level back to normal, and you will notice the change quickly.  Try out Ayur-medic Vacha Toner, $18, it contains  Hibiscus Acid which not only diminishes fine lines and removes dead skin build up. The Essential oils will soften your skin and bring the pH back to normal.
      4. Masks & Peel
        Once a week do an at home spa treatment, Sunday is the perfect time these treatments ahead of you busy week.  No matter your skin concern, — i.e. dryness, hyper-pigmentation, or acne, pick a product that will address the problem.   Note that a moisturizing may be packed with hyaluronic acid, a peel for discoloration may contain botanical lighteners, and an acne mask can contain sulfur or clay to reduce oiliness of skin.  Not sure what product to buy to address your skin issues, then try out one of these natural homemade recipes. They work great for all skin types and conditions:

        Be sure to wash your face, remove all makeup, and pat dry.  Next apply the mask or peel of your choice, and let it sit for as long as the instructions recommend.

      5. Hitting a Rough Patch – Elbows, Heels and knees oh my!
        Rough Elbows? No problem, the key to reducing the rough patches on your elbow is to use a really heavy-duty moisturizer like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps or Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant.  For extra softness, apply the rich body moisturizer right after you step out of the shower.Get ready for sandal season by smoothing out rough heels with a  Baby Foot Exfoliate Peel.  These exfoliate booties contains a gel filled fruit acid that you wear for up to an hour.  Once removed, the dead skin begins to shed, leaving your feet feeling baby soft.Knees are another one of those  rough areas that needs a little bit of TLC every so often.  They have a tendency to get dark and rough, due to the build up of dead skin.  Rich lotions alone won’t cut it, instead try Bliss Hot Salt Scrub a couple time a week.  This heated gel warms up as you massage it in, and the combo of the heat and sea salt grains will slough off dead skin leaving you knees soft and supple.
      6. Tweak your Diet
        There may be some truth to the old adage “you are what you eat”, especially when it comes to your skin.  Too much alcohol, caffeine or not eating enough vegetables are certainly going to make a difference on your face.  If your skin is too dry, then try to incorporate more water, and foods rich in omega fatty acids such as nuts, avocado and wild salmon.  If it’s aging you’re more concerned about, then adding antioxidant rich foods to your diet will make a huge difference.  Uping you intake of blueberries, raspberries, and drinking green or white tea will not only help fight free radicals, it will maintain your youthful look.
      7. Dust off your SPF
        Did you know you’re suppose to be wearing sunscreen all year long? But’s let’s face it, we often think during Winter season when the sun is not out, we can get away with skipping the SPF. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to pull the SPF out of hibernation. Remember to reapply through the day and hit up all the parts of your body that’s exposed to sun. Sunscreen only lasts up to 2-3hrs so for your face, keep a powder sunblock in your purse for quick touch-ups. Try out BareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen.

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