Lisa from Ithaca, New York, writes, “I have been a good girl in the winter by taking care of my skin, but now that spring is almost here, what do I need to do to make sure that my skin looks great. Should I continue using the same products or switch to other skincare regimen?
Winter is a difficult time for people in cold places though you can still have some fun by doing winter sports. While you can avoid dry skin, rough areas, dry hair, chapped lips, and irritated skin through skin care during winter, as Lisa did, you need to prepare your skin for spring/summer by following a slightly different skincare program. In this article, let us suggest a spring cleaning program for your skin. It would be great to have a pedicure, manicure, a professional body treatment and a facial, but if you want to do it yourself or cannot afford a trip to the day spa, here is two part program.
Exfoliating your skin will prepare it for spring by getting rid of dead cells and rough areas. It will make your skin ready to receive more pampering to become soft and silky. There are so many good products these days to get rid of dry skin on your body. Start with a nice exfoliation with an uplifting fragrance, such as citrus or floral or PiÃ±a colada. You can pick one from some of our favorites:
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Shea Body Scrub: This is a rich exfoliating cream ideal for dry and dehydrated skin. It contains two great ingredients: shea butter and wheat germ oil. Average price is $34.
Philosophy Senorita Margarita Hot Salt Scrub: This salt-based formula will slough off rough areas within seconds. It is gentle and actually smells pretty good for just $25.
Alba Hawaiian Body Polish, Sugar Cane: It is as close as you can get to being organice. It uses sugarcane to exfoliate, and also has honey and nut oils with a citrus fragrance. Just $12.
Neutrogena Energizing Sugar Body Scrub, Fresh Citrus: Its natural sugar, oils and fresh citrus scent invigorates and leaves the skin soft. Costs about $11.
Now that your skin is soft, you need to put on some body lotion. Use a rich cream on the rough areas of your elbows and heels. You can use natural butters, such as shea butter or cocoa butter, or pick a product from list of our favorites:
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream: It has as much as 25% shea butter, making it very rich. It transforms dry skin into silky, soft, and supple skin within a matter of minutes. Priced at $34.
Philosophy Frozen Lemon Custard Body Souffle: It is creamy, light, fluffy, and smells somewhat lemony. We love it for its value. Costs just $15.
De-luxe Shea Butter 100% Pure with Lavender Essential Oils: Pure shea butter feels oily for a few moments, so it is better to use before bed and wait a few minutes, so that your sheets keep clean, but it is a great product for very dry skin – or for those people who did not take care of their skin during witner. It also includes lavender oil. Costs about $10.