Every year around this time, we say good-bye to winter by 'spring cleaning' our homes. Millions of us open up the windows to air things out, we deep clean our closets and dust areas we haven't had the time to touch in months - all to create that fresh and new feeling.
But what about your skin? In the spring I am most often asked what is the best thing to do for dry skin. Most people don't realize that for the last several months, your skin has been cooped up and damaged by exposure to the drying effects of winter.
Don't worry - I have a few simple steps to help you refresh and renew your healthy skin. Keep in mind, this is not about pampering yourself - it's about the essential steps you need for radiant 'spring skin.'
Step 1: OUT WITH THE OLD!
I often hear about people using their favorite product sparingly - trying to make them last as long as possible. This is a big mistake- for two major reasons:
If you have a good product- use it! Most products are formulated to be used a certain way. If you use less than the intended amount, you are not going to get the result you are looking for.
Every time you open the product and touch it, you exposing the product to contamination. And, no matter how tight you seal the cap, the product changes due to evaporation. So, I suggest using up the product or throwing it away within six months of first opening the container.
So, go through your bathroom and throw away all makeup and skin care products that are over six months old. Than go ahead and replace them with new, fresh product.
Step 2: MIX IT UP
Buying the latest spring make-up trends is not only healthy, but fun. Some people may fear the cost, but it doesn't have to be expensive for you to be prepared for the new season. When you are revamping your make-up box, go for those key essentials (the ones you can't live without). Try finding affordable brands, then replacing your make-up will be a cinch and keeping that youthful in-style glow will be a breeze.
As the season approaches you may find yourself outside more often, which causes a different effect on your skin. As the weather changes, your skin becomes more exposed to humidity and perspiration. I recommend changing your skin care regimen to match your spring and summer lifestyle. Consider lighter, quicker absorbing moisturizers. Try an eye gel instead of an eye cream.
Try some of the newest anti-aging serums that have hit the market. And for those susceptible to age spots and uneven skin tones, consider an age spot treatment - especially if you plan on spending more time outdoors in this new season.
Step 3: SPONGES, LOOFAHS & BRUSHES
Every few months you replace your toothbrush because of worn out bristles, and the build-up of bacteria. You should also do the same with your makeup sponges, your bathing sponges, and loofahs. They are a prime hiding place for bacteria, and mold. Look for sponges and loofahs that have a rope, so they can hang and dry out after use.
Makeup brushes can be expensive so, if they are worn or moldy, you really need to throw them away. However, if the brushes just have a build-up of makeup, you can clean them. Tap or shake off any loose powder in to the sink. Then, hold them under very warm running water - with the bristles pointing downwards. Take a small amount of liquid dishwasher soap on your fingertips and gently work through the bristles. Rinse again. Repeat until the water runs clear. Then set aside to dry, before using.
Step 4: OUT WITH THE OLD
Now you are ready for the most dramatic step of all! Wash your skin, and remove all your makeup. Exfoliate your skin with a deep physical exfoliator, like an almond, walnut or bamboo scrub. Don't be shy. You want to remove all the old dead skin cells, and reveal the younger skin underneath.
Next, apply your favorite clay mask to purify and revitalize your skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well, washing away impurities. Follow with your treatment serums, moisturizer, and eye gel.
You should instantly see fresh, radiant, younger looking skin - ready to start the new spring season. It's time to put everyone on hold and take a moment for yourself, so you can put a new spring in your step - you deserve it!
David Pollock is a global beauty expert who has formulated products for some of the most recognized names in the business. He is a published author, radio personality and was recently named one of the "20 to Know" by Global Cosmetics Industry. Today, David is empowering women to take control of their health and beauty. Subscribe to his free newsletter at www.JustAskDavid.com.