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How To Have Glowing Skin in Spring

Spring Skin Care Essentials When You’re Showing More Skin

Winter skin care is finally over and spring is beckoning us to life. And although spring is one of the more forgiving seasons when it comes to our skin we still need to transition. But before I continue let me give you a bit of good news. You are now free from the moisture-sucking dryness of winter and you haven’t yet stepped into the humidity-induced stickiness of summer. However, before you get into a skin tight dress and free your bodies from the bondage of all those layers you will have to give them some much-needed attention. The prescription: start the season right with a rejuvenating/exfoliating/hydrating body treatment and then maintain your glow with a few springtime essentials.

How to Get Brighter Skin: The Big E

That’s E for exfoliation. This is a great time to slough of those rough spots courtesy of winter dryness, revealing smoother softer skin underneath and prepping it for maximum moisturizer absorption. Hang up the loofah and head to the spa for a professional body treatment that delivers some serious sloughing. At Joanna Vargas Salon, the Full Body Microdermabrasion delivers a head-to-toe resurfacing treatment that will leave your skin radiant and baby-smooth. A diamond-tipped wand is used to gently remove impurities and dead skin cells, followed by an organic moisturizer that seals in hydration for maximum suppleness.

Glow Maintenance:

Now that you’re feeling brand-new, make sure to maintain that smoothness with these tips:

Dry Brushing

Used on its own or with a little body oil on the brush, dry brushing exfoliates, detoxifies and boots circulation, delivering oxygenated blood to the skin and other organs, helping them function better. The result is clearer pores and softer, smoother skin. You should brush before showering, using a firm, natural brush with a handle for hard to reach places. Start on your feet and work up your legs with long, smooth strokes, brushing toward the heart, where the lymph system drains, to help eliminate toxins. Repeat the same process with the arms, then the back and abdomen. You don’t need to use much pressure – soft, smooth strokes will definitely do the trick – if it’s stinging or you’re seeing redness, ease up a bit. Once you’re out of the shower, use a moisturizer while skin is still damp.

Layer Lotion and Oil

Applying moisturizer and then a moisture-sealing oil on top will lock in moisture and keep legs looking great and glowy all day. Jojoba oil, and rosehip oil are excellent light oils to use over moisturizers – water evaporates, oils don’t – so moisture is ‘trapped’ close to the skin, so you can be confident that you’ll be ash-free while rocking those shorts at the BBQ.

Body Serums, Baby

Body serums have the same breathable texture as face serums, as opposed to moisturizers, which can feel heavy on the skin in warmer weather. Many also contain re-texturizing ingredients like glycolic or lactic acid and the lighter texture of serums can better accommodate water-soluble ingredients such as, antioxidants and vitamins. They dry almost instantly when blended into the skin, so that skin is hydrated without looking oily.

In Addition to My Own Products Here’s What I Recommend:

Full Body Microdermabrasion, 60 Min., $200,

Joanna Vargas Salon, (212) 949-2350 NYC and For Los Angeles (310) 424-5141

Cactus Long Handle Body Brush, $15, thebodyshop.com

Shea Moisture All-Over Hydration Body Lotion, $11.99, sheamoisture.com

Olivia Care 100% Rosehip Oil Serum, $8, target.com

Kahina FEZ Body Serum, $32, kahina-givingbeauty.com