It happens every winter without fail. You promise yourself not to slack off on your beauty routine in the cooler months, but then the urge to hibernate sets in.
You find yourself sitting on the couch every Friday night watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days on DVD â€“ again (rather than hitting the gym or the dance floor). Your jeans become almost permanently glued to your skin (so bye-bye the need for waxing!) And, your face care routine becomes as lazy as simply throwing a bit of water and soap on your face each night.
But, with spring now firmly in the air, this kind of beauty apathy isn\’t going to fly anymore. You need to prep your body â€“ and fast. So we decided to give you the lowdown on how to do it.
Exfoliating helps to remove the dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface of your skin, which can give it a dull, lifeless appearance. Exfoliating also boosts new cell growth, meaning healthy skin.
Facial scrubs are the “mechanical” method of exfoliating at home, which means using a slightly abrasive scrub when cleansing your face. These can range from slightly abrasive to very abrasive microdermabrasion crystals.
Want an even more powerful mode of exfoliation? You can also get microdermabrasion treatments done professionally, which literally uses a mini-sand blasting technique. Professional skin peels are another option.
My favourite products for scrubbing are Pink Hibiscus, Principessa and Napoleon – best way to use scrub on dry skin BEFORE you shower.Â The ModelCo wipes are fantastic if you are needing a quick and easy option without jumping in the shower.Â I tried the MAC, it was nice and fine but the black made a mess, St Ives I’ve written about before and think it’s a great cheap scrub, Benefit a good scrub but they need to fix the smell, Burts Bees is great for the skin and environment but a little bit too watery for me to use as a serious scrub, you could use it as a daily shower gel, same with the Lux, daily shower gel, heavenly scent!Â Clinique is a moisturising exfoliate, I used it on my decolletage … the others I haven’t tried but are great brands.
Another way of rejuvenating the look of your skin in time for summer is via using a body mask. Even ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra swore by a milk and honey mask! Masks often contain minerals, vitamins and fruit extracts and there are different kinds for different purposes â€“ some deep cleanse the pores, others just provide a pep-up for the skin. They are generally washed off with tepid water or peeled off by hand.
My favourite is Pink Hibiscus Purifying Mask, very messy but leaves the skin smooth.Â I’ve used SK-II, it was great but expensive for me right now, Skin Vitals and Montagne Jeunesse sachets are great for quick and easy masks and you want to try different types for different conditions (available at supermarkets and priceline). I’ve yet to try the Formula 10.0.6 ones yet but I have them here to test.
It may seem like it\’s slowing you down when you slather on the moisturiser post-shower before running for the door, but it\’s actually doing you a world of good. Moisturising your skin helps to lock in the water, keeping your skin lubricated and looking soft and smooth.Â It can also counteract the drying influences of the environment, from air conditioning to time spent in the sun. The richness of the formula you choose will depend on your skin type, but generally a heavier moisturiser will benefit the skin on your body.Â
I love Principessa and Pink Hibiscus as my two all time favourites, but I love trying different moisturisers, smell, thickness and stickiness is always what allows me to decide whether I like it or not! – this is such a personal choice and I really do like mixing them up.
Warmer weather means peeling off more layers of clothing. And when you do so, you want to ensure your skin is looking soft, smooth â€“ and hair-free.
There are various ways of becoming as hairless as a pedigree Sphynx cat, from waxing to shaving, epilating and depilation. Electrolysis and laser hair removal are also more permanent methods of removing hair.
Nad\’s is a good brand for depilation and waxing, from its Facial Wax Strips to its Natural Hair Removal Gel and Hair Removal CrÃ¨me. It even has an Ingrow Solution and Bikini Wax Kit (with kinky shapes you can create to show off to your loved one!) Ph: 1800 352 626.
In epilation, the new Silk-Ã©pil Xpressive Wet&Dry ($208.95) is the first epilator from Braun that is designed to be used both in and out of water. This reduces discomfort and means a gentle epilation, lasting up to a month. Find it at selected electrical outlets and major department stores.Â (Ed’s Note: you know I love my Silk Xpressive).
Gillette also has a range of shavers, dubbed Venus Spa Breeze and Venus Tropical, which can be found at leading supermarkets and pharmacies.
A tradesperson is defined by his tool kit. And, the same goes for beauty aficionados. You need the right tools to do the job. ecoTOOLS – renowned for its professional make-up brushes – has brought out a range of loofahs, files and buffers, which are tough on rough skin, but not on the environment. So, you can get buff for summer in style. Find the range at Priceline nationally.Â I’m a big fan of the scrub brush, I know, I know it can be too harsh on the skin but I like a great scrub sometimes to really clear the skin!
I worked hard on this post, it was really hard to choose different products and come up with good tips so these are just a few tips and products that you can use to start getting ready for Summer, what are you favourite products and tips?Â I would love to hear them.
Next up will be a tanning article from our resident Skincare Specialist Natalie Aroyan.
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