So, the weather is actually warming up and that means you need to get your skincare routine up to snuff. Why? Because you can’t hide under as much makeup in the spring and summer, it doesn’t look right. The brighter light will exaggerate those flaws, too. Winter light is dim and grey. You get a lot of credit for wearing some lipstick, especially when everyone is drunk at some holiday party. But now it’s SPRING which is about renewal and freshness. Get with the program.
I say these things because I love you.
Buy of the Season:
If you can only afford one thing, get the Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System, $30. A waterproof handle that powers a series of 4 attachments to get you smooth and silky before you know it. I used it and I can honestly say that it works.
You lather up your skin and then use the gentle but effective brushes to clean your skin better than if you just used your hands. You only need 3 minutes, and your face will be gleaming. There’s a regular brush and a microdermabrasion sponge, for when you want an extra deep cleaning.
I am in awe of the 8 ring body brush. You may feel like a contortionist, but make sure you get every inch of skin. This brush helps the back of your hands and the tops of your feet look smooth and soft. It makes it easier to shave your legs and armpits- a task that always leaves me bloody and frustrated. After using the body brush, the razor glided over my skin and I had a smooth shave and smooth legs. For once.
The pedicure attachment is going to make you cry with joy. I finally got the callus off of my little toe. I finally made the soles of my feet feel like they promise you in commercials without shelling out a wad of cash for services and tips. That little built up patch of callous on the bottom of my foot? Gone. And I did it all by myself.
I even made a video!
These are my favorites right now:
Body: Kat Burki Lilac & Rosemary bar soap,$15. A spurge, for those times when you want to feel lluxurious. Yardley London Nourishing Elements Artisan Soap, $4.99/3, I’ve been using the Oat, Milk & Honey which has a light scent and is fantastically moisturizing. This Calgon Parisian Charm bodywash, $4.49 has a sweet, romantic scent perfect for Spring. It’s also a great bubble bath for those times that you just want to soak.
Face: Kahina Giving Beauty facial cleanser, $56. Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub, $13.75. Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub,$29.25. Origins Modern Friction, $39.50. Red Door Spa Professional Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub. Simple Soothing Facial Scrub, $5.99. Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser with papaya, $13.75.
Any one of these facial cleansers is a good bet, honestly. Just make sure that you understand your skin so that you can get the one that suits you best.
Now that you’re nice and clean, give yourself a treat with one of these skin perfecting masks.
Red Door Spas Professional Calming & Soothing Mask. Bullet Acne Aid (a mask for your pimples, dot it on and watch the blemish die),$13.95. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Anti-Oxidant Gel Mask, $80 Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $25. Origins Gin-Zing Refreshing Face mask (a ten minute quickie), $25. Derma E Anti Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Mask, $18.75.
You’re clean, you did your mask, and now? Get that moisturizer on.
Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A & Green Tea Advanced Creme, $21.95. Kahina Giving Beauty, $62.Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream, $59.50. Jurlique Balancing Day Cream, $44. Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum, $39. Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A & E Treatment Oil (if nothing else, get this; I used when I had a skin problem this winter. I was back to normal in a few days), $12.75.
This is the easy part: scrub with the Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment, rinse, dry off, slather yourself with something lightly scented and skin-enriching. Go conquer the world. Get dressed first, though. Just sayin’…
Both Cantu Beauty Hydrating Body Moisturizer and softening body butter, widely available and incredible bargains. Calgon Parisian Charm Skin Nourishing Body Cream, $4.99– layer with the matching body wash. REpurposing NOLA’s handmade Hot Mess Soft body lotion, made to order and if you’re in New Orleans you can buy it and it will be ready in 60 minutes.
Kat Burki Tuberose body creme, $62. Origins Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle is a smile in a jar and great for Spring and Summer skin,$32. Karelen Vivacious Vitamin E body lotion, $8 and Sultry Black Castor Oil Hand & Body Creme is a great new discovery- leaves skin meltingly soft. Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream is a sensual delight with its unusual, feminine fragrance, $18
And just remember: It’s not about being ‘perfect’ or putting pressure on yourself? But when you do these things you look and feel better and people will treat you better. And if they don’t, you’ll feel so good about yourself after investing and pampering that you’ll be able to ever so sweetly put them in their place.
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian