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Skin Care Tips for Windy Spring Days

Young woman with long hair and hat outdoors during summer

“Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I.” So wrote Christina Rosetti in her famous 18th-century poem. True, we have not seen the wind, but any one who has felt its effects will definitely agree that it is a force to be reckoned with. At its most powerful, the wind is capable of uprooting trees, stripping houses of their roofs, and even transporting Dorothy Gayle from Kansas to Oz. So, one can only imagine what havoc the wind may wreak on your skin. With spring upon us, wind is a concern, and part of that concern has to do with what that means for your complexion. Continue reading for some skin care tips for windy days.

Moisturizer

Heidi Waldorf, MD and director of laser surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, says, “One of the best moisturizers you can use is white petroleum jelly – particularly on the toughest areas of skin, such as heels, elbows, and knees.” She also recommends drenching your feet it the gooey stuff and leaving it on overnight covered by a pair of white cotton socks to wake up with happy feet.

Sleeping in your socks not your cup of tea? Waldorf says you can “just smear on the petroleum jelly right before you put on your gym socks and sneakers before working out, or even just to run errands.”

And for hands? Go right ahead and do the same with them, slathering with jelly and covering with white bottom gloves. “Any time you are doing a household or garden chore that requires you to wear rubber gloves or gardening gloves, put on the petroleum jelly first, then the white gloves, then the rubber gloves over that.”

Hair Removal

With the arrival of spring comes the the reckoning of  ignored body hair. Beauty expert Claudia Spagnolo advises a full body exfoliating scrub prior to hair removal. Says she, “If you use a mild natural ingredient like brown sugar to gently, and I repeat, gently, rub your body several days before having a waxing or chemical hair removal, you’ll loosen and remove dead skin cells, which will not only make your hair removal easier but also safer.” Spagnolo also recommends the full body scrub before applying faux tanning products for “a more even application with less streaking.” However, be sure not to exfoliate or scrub on the same day of your treatment. Leave 24 to 48 hours in between the exfoliation and the tanning or hair removal.

Exfoliation

While exfoliation can be extremely beneficial to smooth the skin on your body, it is even more so to the skin on your face. However, Waldorf warns that the scrubs you choose on your face should be very different from the ones you choose for your body, warning that the scrubs contain ingredients such as walnut shells or apricot pits can cause microscopic tears in the skin. She even cautions against the effects of brown sugar scrubs on sensitive skin.

Waldorf suggests using a cleanser or moisturizer that contains an alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid instead. The doctor adds, “While some of the milder commercial preparations may be okay, don’t try to buy a professional grade acid peel, like the kind sold over the internet and use it on your own – you have to be very careful and you have to know what you are using , or you could end up with some serious problems.” She counts hyper pigmentation among these.

Renewed Spring Skin

For heading into spring, Spagnolo recommends keeping it simple. “Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice daily, every day, and then adding a facial steam with or without a mask about once weekly is probably one of the easiest ways to ease skin into spring and summer.”

How are you prepping your skin for a windy spring? Let us know!

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How to Look Fresh and Flawless This Spring

Pretty young woman with flower garland in her hair

Spring has sprung and the weather is not the only thing that’s getting hot. It’s time to strip down, let loose, and step up, and that calls for a makeup routine that’s up to the challenge. If you want to look sun-kissed and effortless this spring, here are some tips and tricks you may want to try.

Cover Up

Beautiful skin starts with a good foundation. Since it’s spring, you probably want to go for something with a light gel-like texture, especially in the daytime. Use your fingers to apply; this will help to warm up the product so it glides over the skin easily. A correcting concealer can help cover up any spots that need extra coverage. It is best to dab, rather than rub or blend, for a more polished tone.

Glow

You need to be glowing in the spring, so it’s essential to have a liquid highlighter or highlighting pen to make sure you do just that. Trail the pen under your eyes, down your nose, under your brow bone, on your forehead, on your chin and right above your Cupid’s bow. The aim is to apply the highlighter to the places where light would hit naturally. Blend with fingertips or blending sponge.

Eyes

Your eyes are your prize this spring. You’re aiming for a minimal look, so the goal is to even out skin tone and brighten the eye area. Start by prepping with a primer or cream with a little shimmer. Next, open up the eyes by adding white eyeliner to the waterline of your eye for a brighter, more alert appearance. Apply a kohl pencil in and ivory hue with a light coat of mascara, using the dark and light contrast to achieve a doe-eyed effect.

Bronzer

Give your cheeks some spring sunshine with a creamy bronzer. Apply with fingers, using circular motions to blend.

Lips

While you could just add a touch of Vaseline to your lips for a glossy natural look, you might prefer to add a bit of color.  Peachy and pink shades work best in spring.  If you want a slightly worn in, stained effect, try rubbing the color in lightly with your finger.

Finish

Give yourself a light spritz of finishing spray to hold makeup in place and to lend skin a dewy sheen. Arm yourself with a mister at all times for an instant boost of moisture and freshness.

You’re looking hot this spring! What are your secrets? How do you get that gorgeous springtime glow?  Let us know!

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Make the Transition to Spring Skin Care

Young woman sprinkling flower petals during spring

Your mood is lighter, and so are your clothes. You’re switching out your puffa jacket for your denim moto, your wool blankets for your silk sheets, your thermal undies for your Victoria’s Secret lingerie, and your fleece-lined Uggs for your strappy sandals, and, is it just you, or is that guy from accounting getting better-looking? Spring is in the air and, if you’re thinking about spring cleaning, you should be making your makeup cabinet your first stop. What should you be swapping in and out of your skin routine to get your skin ready for a season of radiance? Read on to find out.

Spring Cleaning

Your clothes closet isn’t the only thing that needs special attention in the springtime. When it comes to cosmetics, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Natalie Perger, MD and dermatologist says, “Women should avoid the use of expired skin care products from the year before. This is especially an issue with SPF protection.”  Take some time to toss out products with old expiration dates and stock up on new, updated necessities.

Exfoliate

It’s not surprising that the season of rebirth should require some shedding of dead skin cells. With winter, comes cold air, and with cold air comes flaky, dry skin. Spring is a great time to slough off the dead skin cells that have accumulated during the winter months. Perger suggests using a face, foot and body scrub twice a week in the spring.

Lightweight Moisturizer

Heavy foundations and moisturizers are excellent sources of hydration for the drying winter months, but with the change to warmer weather comes the time to change to lighter formulas, including a lighter moisturizer with extra hydrating benefits.  Lighter foundation, primer, and concealer are also recommended to give your skin that extra springtime polish.

Up Your SPF Usage

With the spring comes more sunlight, which means shielding your skin is imperative. Says Perger, “Even though sunscreen is important in the winter, spring brings more sunlight exposure, so it’s very important to ensure you have good SPF. For those of us who like a bit of coverage, lighter SPF foundations are recommended.”

Spa Treatment

If you love a good trip to the spa, and who doesn’t, the beginning of spring is the perfect excuse to book one. As Perger wisely puts it: “Since exfoliation is key to having a great complexions and a higher absorption rate for gentler products, booking a natural enzyme peel series with your esthetician is ideal. You will also receive the best prescription for your at home care.” She suggests a visit with the derm every four to six weeks and a monthly facial to get your glow on.

Other Products to Try

While you’re tossing and restocking, there are a few more things to keep in mind. Adding a daily or nightly face serum can protect against pigmentation due to warmer weather. In addition to these, Perger also advises you to have a good SPF moisturizer. She says, “Two-in-one products are also great, like an exfoliating cleanser.”

How’s your spring skin routine transition going?

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Spring Cleaning Checklists

Young woman spring cleaning in the kitchen

If the thought of spring cleaning your whole house gives you anxiety, don’t worry you aren’t alone. The idea that you have to scrub, wipe and sanitize every inch of your home can be seriously overwhelming, but it becomes less stressful when you have a plan of attack. The spring cleaning checklists below will help you know what you need to do room by room so that you can get through spring cleaning with less stress.

Entryway/Foyer

This is the first space you see every time you come home, so keeping it clean and clear of clutter is important. When your entryway is clean and clutter-free, you walk into the house calm instead of being instantly stressed at the sight of chaos. Your spring cleaning checklist should include:

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash bench/table/other furnishings

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Empty coat closet. Wash walls and floor. Store out of season items or donate if they no longer fit. Replace with appropriate clothing for the season.

  • Clean/sweep floors.

  • Clean or replace mat.

  • Reseal grout lines, if applicable

Living Room

Chances are you and your family spend a lot of time in this room, hence the name living room. Because you spend so much of your time here, you want it to be a welcoming, relaxing place. When doing spring cleaning in your living room, be sure to:

  • Vacuum/spot clean sofas/chairs/loveseats/ottomans

  • Launder blankets/throw pillows

  • Dust shelves/furniture/lamps and lampshades and remove ceiling fan blades to dust, if applicable

  • Clean television screen and carefully dust other electronics

  • Organize electrical wires and tuck out of sight

  • Sort through DVD/music/magazine/book collections and donate or toss items you no longer want/use

  • Wash plastic children’s toys with soap and water. Launder plush toys and donate or toss any toys that are no longer played with.

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Vacuum or wash floor and dust any vent coverings

  • Wash windows/windowsill and launder window hangings

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are meant to be calming and soothing, and it’s impossible for this to be the case if your bedroom is jam packed with clutter. When spring cleaning:

  • Dust furniture

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean out, sort and reorganize all dresser drawers and closets. Donate or toss items that no longer fit, have holes or that you don’t wear anymore.

  • Clean or vacuum floor, move bed to clean and vacuum the floor underneath

  • Flip your mattress and sprinkle it with baking soda mixed with lavender essential oil. Let sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum to freshen your mattress.

  • Launder bedding/pillows/window coverings

  • Wash windows/window sill and mirrors

Kitchen

Make your kitchen a joyful, happy place and keep it clean by:

  • Clean out refrigerator/freezer

  • Degrease surfaces/kitchen appliances

  • Wash/sanitize/disinfect cutting boards/refrigerator and freezer shelves/countertops and other surfaces

  • Clean under fridge and vacuum refrigerator coils

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim/backsplash/doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean microwave/stove/sink and shine faucet. Clear crumbs from the toaster and wipe down.

  • Clean and organize pantry and remove any food items that have expired

  • Wash window/windowsill

  • Dust light fixtures/remove ceiling fan blades and dust

Bathrooms

A bathroom is a place full of germs, so you want to be sure that you give it a thorough cleaning. Get it sparkling during spring cleaning by:

  • Empty all cabinets/vanity/shelves and clean interior. Check all products and medicines for expiration dates and get rid of anything that has expired. Clean exterior of cabinets/vanity.

  • Scrub the tub and wax if necessary

  • Clean toilet inside and out. Remove toilet seat and clean thoroughly around the seat bolts

  • Clean sink/drain and shine faucet

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim/doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean floors

  • Dust light fixtures

  • Clean mirror/frame and any other decorative items

Without a doubt spring cleaning is a massive undertaking, but you will feel so good once you’ve finished it. Use these checklists so you know where to start and what you need to do in each room of your home.