5 TIPS FOR SPRING SKIN September 22 2014, 0 Comments
As winter winds down, it's easy to feel discouraged about the way you look. After all, we've been living through months of constant indoor heat on top of bitter cold weather leaving our skin flaky, dry and looking aged.
With spring comes sunshine, humidity, and time spent outdoors. And since spring is a time of rejuvenation and growth, it's the perfect occasion to pamper your skin. And if you’re on a tight budget, you’re in luck. There are a number of ways to improve your skin health without expensive facial scrubs, moisturizers, or wrinkle serums.
If you haven't scrubbed those dead skin cells off your face all winter, it’s definitely time to start. You should be exfoliating two to three times per week.
Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. An easy way to break it down is to drink an 8 ounce glass first thing in the morning, mid-morning, late afternoon, and before bed. Then, have a glass of water before each meal or snack. This will not only get you to your 8 glasses, it will help fill you up, causing you to eat less and potentially lose weight. You'll also likely see an increase in your energy levels and an improved mood, so get drinking.
YOUR FEET NEED A LITTLE TLC
We’re guessing you have seriously neglected your feet over the winter. With feet bundled up constantly in thick socks and boots, who can blame you? With flip-flop season right around the corner though, it's time to give your feet some attention.
Fill a foot basin or other container with six cups of warm or hot water and two cups of milk. The milk is a mild exfoliator and will also soothe your skin. Sit back, relax and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. This step will soften your skin, getting them ready for exfoliating.
After soaking, use a pumice stone to remove dry, calloused skin from your feet. Focus especially on your heels, which often build up the thickest skin. Scrub gently with the stone for several minutes.
Last, apply a moisturiser try Amboni's COCONUT + SHEA + VITAMIN E HAND & BODY LOTION to your feet or use an oil such as argan oil or coconut oil. Rub the moisturiser into your feet well and put on a pair of cotton socks to keep the moisture in.
Along with not paying enough attention to your feet, we’d guess you didn’t shave as often in the winter as you do in the summer. After all, if you're all covered up anyway, why bother? But with spring and summer comes bare skin so it’s time to get to work.
Before you grab the razor, exfoliate your entire body to remove dead skin cells. You can easily make a body scrub at home by simply mixing two cups of coffee grounds (used), a half-cup of sugar, and a half-cup (or less) of olive oil OR use our RELAX THE SENSES BATH SOAK MIXED WITH SOME OLIVE OIL to make a gorgeous luxe scrub. Using your hands, scrub from your neck down to your toes.
After you've finished shaving, apply moisturiser before you leave the humid bathroom. This will help seal the moisture into your skin and reduce the chance that you develop razor rash or shave bumps.
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to increase your intake of antioxidants, which helps protect skin from free radicals. Free radicals are found in food, as well as tobacco smoke and polluted air. Free radicals cause skin damage and, over time, contribute to aging by destroying collagen. The less collagen you have, the more wrinkles you get.
Your skin will benefit greatly if you increase your consumption of vitamins E, C, and K. Getting enough vitamin A is also essential - if you're not getting enough, your skin responds by becoming dry and flaky. Most fruits and vegetables have plenty of vitamin A, so eating healthy will certainly help improve your skin's tone and elasticity.
Hopefully these little tips can get you feeling all beautiful and motivated coming into the warmer months of spring. Feeling good has never been easy with my budget friendly tips above.
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