Spring is officially here! Yup. March 21st marked the first day of Spring, (and my sister’s wedding!), so there’s lots to celebrate. Everyone starts shedding their winter wardrobes and emerging their pale, hairy legs, ready for a glimpse of the sun. As the weather warms up and bathing suit season approaches, it would be nice to shed some of that winter skin too. After months of hiding, your skin could use a glowing boost. Exfoliating is a great way to keep your skin fresh and ensure an even tan (or even spray), when you want to go a little darker for the warmer months ahead. There are a few different methods and tons of choices out there, but here are my personal faves.
1. GO TO A SPA. Get yourself a fantastic treatment and have someone else do it. It’s a great treat once or twice a year if you can afford it, and while it’s definitely more pricey then the do-it-yourself variety, it yields amazing results and feels luxurious. Burke Williams has something called the Parafango Treatment. Your body is buffed with a salt scrub and then painted with wax and you emerge with buttery soft skin. Amazing. Bliss Spas also offer an array of different scrub treatments that are equally as appealing. If neither of these places are options in your area, check out some of the spas nearby and see what treatments they have available.
2. SCRUB-IT-YOURSELF. Some gals scrub on the regular. I’m not one of them. I use lotion and I moisturize with the best of them, but I just don’t find the time to scrub more then a few times a year. However, when I do, I am a little picky about what I use. It has to smell good, feel good, and wash off easily. Here are my favorite body scrubs: Pure Fiji Coconut Sugar Rub, Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, Bliss Hot Salt Scrub.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
- Wet your skin with warm water and make sure haven’t recently shaved. Shaving your skin right before is a bad idea. It leaves fresher, new skin at the surface and can sting when you start to rub.
- I prefer to scrub in the shower versus the tub – I like to wash all that stuff down the drain. Especially if you don’t scrub regularly, you’ll have quite a bit of dead skin sloughing off.
- Go in circular motions. You can use mitts or your hands (just remember to rinse off the mitts well and let them air dry between uses to prevent bacteria), and gently rub your skin from shoulders to feet with the scrub. If doing the bottom of your feet, be careful not to slip.
- Moisturize! After rinsing off with warm water, immediately moisturize your skin with a good lotion, cream or oil. Lock in all that goodness and your skin will be buttery smooth and glowing.