Keep It Up, Don’t Just Cover It Up!

Just because Old Man Winter has held us all hostage doesn’t mean our skin has to. The way we treat our skin during this time of year is extremely important. The goal is to stay soft and smooth all year round, right? So if tweaking your beauty routine for a few more months is the small price to pay for keeping your face and body summer time fine, then so be it! I’ve taken the liberty to not only do some in depth research on how to  properly treat our skin, but I’ve added helpful tips and chose quality,  and a few inexpensive products that I promise will have a positive  outcome. Thank me over a green tea frappacino this summer!

 
What’s better than a hot shower in the morning? Absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, taking daily hot showers is horrible for your skin. In fact, it strips the natural layer of oil right off. Instead, take lukewarm showers lasting no longer than ten minutes. Be cautious of the type of soap you’re using because it can be drying. St.Ives Purify Exfoliating Body Wash; ($3 mass; retailers) is a  personal favorite. It works up a good lather, regardless of whether you  use a loofah or wash cloth. Any moisturizing bar or body wash is a good alternative to your Dial soap so throw that out. Pat your skin dry with your bath towel as soon as you step out of the shower. The longer you wait, the quicker your skin will become dry and start itching. Why go through the agony?
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Use a gentle creamy cleanser such as Cetaphil Daily Cleanser ( $8-10; drugstores) which  gently strips the dirt and oil off your face, but doesn’t dehydrate it. About 2-3 times a week use a facial exfoliate to remove dead layers of skin from your face such as Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub ($10.99; retailers). Even better, try a facial brush like Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush ($29.95) which was rated highly by NY Mag.com, and rub in a circular motion before rinsing. 
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Mask It! A friend of mine inspired me to do my first mask this week. There’s all types of different homemade DIY masks using what you have in your own kitchen (oatmeal rocks).  I suggest taking that route instead of testing out products that you aren’t too sure about and running the risk of an allergic reaction.

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Moisturize! Cuddling is sensual and warm, but let’s not leave our bare skin rough to the touch while we’re spooning. It’s helpful to know your skin type so that you’re able to select a lotion that caters to you specifically. If you have dry skin like myself, lotions with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells is perfect. “If you’re using products with alpha hydroxy (AHA) discontinue during the winter and replace it with enriched products using containing vitamins and botanical.”(essortment.com)

Hands and Feet. Oh, boy. Put on gloves as soon as you moisturize your hands, and before stepping  outside in this frigid weather. It locks in moisture keeping your hands  from getting parched. Also, utilize that Alcohol-free hand sanitizer throughout the day to keep the germs away.  Just because you aren’t wearing thong sandals  doesn’t mean your feet should be neglected. In fact, they require more  attention now than ever. Pay close attention to the flaking of your  heels and exfoliate often.

Shann C.

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About the Author

Since A+J keep their readers abreast on lifestyle, travel, and food/culture, it’s only right that I offer style how to’s, fashion news, current trends and beauty tips. I am currently working as a freelance Showroom Assistant for one of the leading fashion/marketing brands in the Big Apple. I stand by the notion that fashion isn’t intimidating; whether you identify yourself as a fashionista, or a fashion victim, we all could do our very best to look and feel fabulous!

 Source:

essortment.com

thebeautybean.com nymag.com/thecut/2013/04/which-face-brush-is-actually-worth-buying.html

Images: Cetaphil, Organic Beauty Vixen, Facial Cleansing Brush, Drugstore

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