The dry winter winds have probably tortured your skin, and you are wondering how this layer of dryness can reflect your inner glow.
Well, I’m thrilled to share some of my personal tips to wash away the dryness, infuse moisture, and reveal healthy, glowing skin for the warm months to come.
A healthy balanced diet is key to feeling and looking good. Water is the ultimate purifier, and completely flushes the body of radical toxins. I always know when I haven’t had enough water. My body feels bloated, skin is dry, and breakouts appear out of nowhere. When my water intake is on point, I feel light and my skin looks fresh and plump. I recommend starting first thing in the morning by drinking a glass of water before you eat. If you need a reminder to drink regularly, and carry a water bottle to work. In addition, eat those fruits and veggies. A diet low in unhealthy fat and high vitamin C naturally makes your look younger.
I like to call those little wrinkles that appear on the forehead, “stress lines.” They show up the moment we are upset, and after a while, they stay. Stress also causes massive breakouts on sensitive skin. Don’t get me wrong, stress is a part of life, but the key is how we manage it. My recommendations include taking a few deep breaths when you feel angry, pause and step away from the situation if you can, exercise (yoga, dance, walk…move your body), and meditate for at least 5 minutes a day.
Many people think exfoliating is only for the face, but I exfoliate my entire body at least once a week. If my skin is looking a little dull, I may do it twice a week. This nourishing process is essential to maintaining an even tone, removes dead cells, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and of course, it feels great. Be mindful, if you have sensitive skin, test a small area on your body, and then get to polishing. My personal favorites are sugar based scrubs. They are gentle to the skin and smell sweet.
Now that we have removed the dead flakes of winter, it is time to keep the skin soft and silky smooth. The body will naturally generate a little moisture due to the warm weather, so using a super thick moisturizer may not work for you. I use lighter moisturizers on my body, and I always keep it simple on my face. I typically save my thicker products for those rough areas like my heels and elbows. If you can’t seem to get those feet sandal ready, I suggest massaging shea butter on your feet and going to bed with socks on. Do this for about a week, and you will see a major difference in your feet.
It doesn’t matter your shade of skin, sunscreen keeps your face and body young and bright. Even with darker shades, sun damage can cause premature aging. Use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, and apply it every 2-3 hours if you are outside for an extended period of time. I also use a light facial moisturizer and lip balm that includes sunscreen. That’s right, protect those lips, because they don’t have oil gland like the rest of the face.
So there you have it! My top 5 warm weather tips for keeping your skin healthy, young and glowing. And don’t forget, celebrate your bright spring glow with confidence!