Depending upon where you live spring might be the furthest thing from your mind. Don’t sleep, though. The groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year and has predicted an early arrival for spring. I can’t personally vouch for the scientific validity of the groundhog’s prediction but I am fully on board. I’m ready for blooming flowers, warmer weather, and cute clothes.
Spring cleaning our homes is a ritual for many of us but are you paying the same attention to your skin? Don’t get caught in a maxi dress with scaly skin. Or worse, in some cute sandals with the hooves from hell. Here are some tips to help you spring clean your skin, top to bottom.
Remember when pore strips were all the rage? I see them in stores but hardly hear anyone talk about them. Get back in this routine. Use them once a week on your chin and nose to extract any winter blackheads that might be lurking there. Totally gross but very necessary. Skin’s oil production ramps up in the warmer weather and can lead to clogged pores. Get ahead of the game by deep cleaning now. Biore’s strips ($15) work well and so do Boscia’s ($15). They both help with large pores too. Multitasking at its best.
Back in the day, microdermabrasion was a fancy in-office procedure that cost a lot of money and took way too much time. Thankfully, there are now options available for those of us who only have the budgets and/or time to perform skin treatments at home. Microdermabrasion is a super charged exfoliating treatment. You don’t want to overdo it but if you use them as directed you’ll unveil gorgeous, fresh new skin and decrease fine lines, dark spots, and other annoying skin issues.
Prepare for those glorious unusually warm spring days by paying attention to the skin below your neck. Start scrubbing away the dry skin and preventing body acne with in-shower treatments. Chances are you don’t have the luxury of taking your time in the bathroom. I know I don’t.
Try a body scrub for a quick and effective in shower treatment. Neutrogena’s grapefruit scrub ($7) is available almost everywhere and is so cheap. It works wonders on body acne and dry skin. If you’re interested in something a little more powerful check out Peter Thomas Roth’s anti-aging buffing beads ($36). The price tag isn’t too steep when you consider that the product can be used on your face and body.
There are few things worse than feet ashier than Tyrone Biggum’s lips. True story. If you live in a cold climate I’m guessing you haven’t been getting monthly pedicures. I know that struggle. Keep your eye on the calendar; spring is coming. Prep those feet now so you’re ready to step out in those open toes when the temperature rises.
Try Bliss’ Foot Patrol ($18) to exfoliate and moisturize your feet at the same time. Dr. Scholl’s Overnight Foot Cream ($6) is an excellent choice, too. Slather it on, put on your socks (or don’t), and go to sleep. In the morning you’ll wake up with brand new, soft, and sexy feet.
What’s your skin cleaning skin routine?