It’s never too early to make sure your feet are open-toe ready.
You never know when that first warm day is going to pop up and you’ll want to go foot loose and sock free and not have to worry about ragged toenails, hard layers of dry skin on your heels, or dirty soles.
Stock your bathroom with these pedicure products so you can pamper your pups in no time.
Make sure your feet are pristine before you slip into your sandals at the start of the day and before you slip into your sheets at day’s end—just a simple swipe will do with Butter London’s Mucky Pups Foot Wipes.
No reason not to pamper yourself with a full-on salon pedicure, but when time’s not on your side and you need to polish those piggies stat (which never leads to a perfect painting) make sure to have LCN’s Polish Corrector handy so you can touch up a rush job.
Sure moisturizing will keep your soles soft, but if you’ve neglected your poor feet all winter long, chances are you’re in need of a lot more than a little lotion. Slough off those winter skin layers with Perfect Formula’s Crystal Pedi-Buff. It’s gentle enough to tickle your toes yet strong enough to remove those tough layers (as well as those dreaded corns, callouses, and even dry elbows, oh my!).
Neon is brightening up the runways, sidewalks, and subways this season—opt for some pops of color for your nails like Pure Ice’s Hot Tamale, Unzip Me, or Flirt Alert.
Remember to start moisturizing your feet daily so that they stay gorgeous and smooth all summer long. We love Thymes Essentials AHA Foor Cream because it will exfoliate dead skin, soften, and deodorize all in one.
When the weather changes, the first thing we think about is digging into those drawers and changing our closets out—getting our wardrobe ready for the warmer weather.
But our closets aren’t the only things that need to change over from winter weather. As the cooler temps can wreak havoc on our skin, a little rejuvenation is often needed.
We asked celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, a 25 year skincare veteran to give us some tips on how to spring clean your skin:
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The most effective way to clear out blackheads and clogged pores from the skin is to have them manually removed with a professional facial (who can say not to some necessary pampering?). Then to maintain the results, use a concentrated, alcohol-free AHA serum.
Chuck the heavy creams required during the winter, moisturizers that are too heavy can suffocate the skin and caused clogged pores and there’s less need for them in the Spring. Switching to a lighter-weight cream will allow your skin to breathe better, while still giving it the hydration it needs. Take the skin cream test to figure out the weight your skin needs: Apply your moisturizer and wait for five minutes. If after five minutes, you touch the skin and you can still feel the moisturizer, it means it’s too heavy. Your skin acts like a sponge. It takes in what it needs and the rest sits on top.
Wearing scarves during the winter may keep you warm, but they can cause dryness and irritation to the skin on the neck too. Give your décolletage some TLC by exfoliating with scrubs (not acids!). While looking upward to keep the skin taut, apply a facial scrub to the front and sides of the neck and massage lightly in circular motions for 60 seconds. Since the skin on the neck is delicate, it’s important to use a facial scrub (we are big fans of Therapy Systems Bamboo Brightening Scrub—see below to get your own—free!) that doesn’t contain natural grains such as walnut husks, apricot kernels, seed or shell powders as they can scratch and irritate the skin. Do not apply a lot of pressure when using a scrub. Rinse well and wipe with facial sponges or a baby washcloth.
The dry air of winter can make the skin look dull, tired and sluggish. Look for serums or moisturizers with ingredients like Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is best for sensitive skin) and Bilberry Extract work to brighten the skin to fade and even out discoloration. (Try Renée Rouleau Glow Enhancing Cream)
You should have been using a moisturizer with an SPF all winter long, but in case you were naughty, now is the time to start being good. Sun exposure is the #1 cause of skin aging, so using a sunscreen moisturizer on your face, neck and chest (really, all over the body) will be sure to keep your skin protected. Look for chemical-free ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide, which provide excellent protection while feeling lightweight on the skin.
Chemical peels are all the rage. The cold, dry air builds up layers of winter dryness on the skin, so a good intensive exfoliation with a chemical peel will peel away dullness to reveal younger-looking, fresher skin. (Try an at-home skin peel like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel – Demi Lovato is a fan)
For additional information on Renée Rouleau or Renée Rouleau Skin Care, click here.
The first two people who comment on why they need a change to their skin care routine will get their own Therapy Systems Bamboo Brightening Scrub–free!