For the last few months most of us have been covered up from the neck down. With spring coming, the layers start to come off and more of our skin is exposed. Here are some tips to get your skin ready for warm weather!
1. Brush: Skin has its own life cycle. Every so often, skin cells close to the surface die and should be removed to reveal the younger, newer skin cells below. What better time to focus on this practice than this season of new life? The result will be glowing skin and a vibrant, springlike appearance. There are two effective ways to do this:
• Exfoliate your face and body with a natural scrub. Choose an exfoliant that has natural, organic ingredients that are gentle to the skin. Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub gently polishes the skin without irritating or tearing the surface. Fruit enzymes further dissolve away dulling residue for ultra-smooth, ultra-soft skin.
• Use a body brush. Try brushing your body daily with a natural-bristle brush. Start with the hands, then move to the rest of the body using firm strokes; skip sensitive areas such as the face and breasts. After brushing, take a shower as you normally would to gently wash away the dead skin cells that you’ve removed.
2. Protect: During the spring and summer, we spend more time outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, walking our pets, and tending to our gardens. The vitamin D that the sun provides is good for our bodies, but we must remember to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. It is important to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before going outside. Look for sunscreens with natural ingredients that are easy on the skin. Choose micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—mineral ingredients that act as a barrier between your skin and the sun. Goddess Garden offers sunscreens that have plant-based ingredients and natural minerals. Their natural sunscreens provide powerful, broad-spectrum sun protection.
3. Moisturize: Moisturizers work by simply adding water to the skin and keeping it there. The more water content in the skin, the more flexible it is, leading to a silky-smooth appearance. The best time to moisturize is after a shower or bath to keep the moisture in. Choosing the right moisturizer for you depends on your preferences and requirements. There are oil-based and water-based creams and lotions. The water and oil work together to allow the water to soak into the skin. Your face will usually need something different than your body. To find out what is best for you, call or visit Village Green Apothecary and ask for recommendations for your skin. One of my favorites is Dr. Haushcka’s Rose Day Cream for the face. It is for those with very dry skin. It has a rich texture and smells heavenly. There is a also a lighter version for those with normal to oily skin. For the body, I like using coconut oil. It is versatile and the smell reminds me of summer.
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