After being covered up ALL.WINTER.LONG. our skin sometimes needs a little “boost” to get whipped into shape for the summer months. Here’s a few of people’s biggest woes, along with some quick tips on how to get your summer glow on.
Dull, Scaly Skin – If you neglected to moisturize and exfoliate regularly over the course of the cold, dry winter, you may find yourself with parched, lackluster skin come spring. To tackle this problem, use a sugar scrub two to three times a week to gently exfoliate. Then, lightly towel dry and apply a moisturizing lotion or cream, which will penetrate your skin better after you’ve sloughed off that flaky, dead layer.
Wondering what to do about breakouts on your chest and back? Well, first know that it happens when your clothing traps sweat and oil — because you were working out or bundled up in layers — it can mix with dead skin and bacteria in your pores to form pimples. Use a body wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria and unclog pores and consider applying an alphahydroxy peel three nights a week, which helps get rid of any lingering redness once the pimples are gone.
To wrap things up for today, let’s tackle rough feet and cracked heels. After a season of stomping around in boots and skimping on pedicures, your soles may be a little worse for wear, with dry, dead layers of skin that not only look bad but can be quite painful as well. To rid yourself of this woe, apply a lightweight foot lotion in the morning to soften the skin, and then soak feet in Epsom salts for 10 minutes in the evening. Then rub them with a grainy scrub, slather with a thick cream, and cover with socks.
Now that you know the tricks, you’ll have summer ready skin and feet all year long!
While regular visits to the spa to receive a professional facial are recommended, there are also some remedies you can whip up at home to keep your skin moisturized and exfoliated on a daily basis. These remedies involve just a few foods that you are sure to have right at hand in your kitchen and they may just surprise you.
Avocadoes are loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and fat, making it the perfect moisturizer. In order to prevent your skin from becoming dry, cracked and irritated, just take a spent avocado peel and use gentle upward strokes to lightly massage your face. You may leave the moisture-locking oil on as a nighttime moisturizer or to wash your face with in the morning.
Peaches are rich sources of skin-renewing alpha-hydroxy fruit acids, which get rid of dead cells, and vitamins A and C to nourish new ones. For a simple solution to unblock pores, fight blemishes and tone your skin, just cut a slice of a peach and massage the flesh on your face. Leave the juice on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
In our Whiten Your Teeth Naturally blog, we explained to you how strawberries act as a teeth whitener. They also act as an exfoliator, with their heavy dose of Vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids. Mash 8-9 strawberries into a paste and add three tablespoons of honey. Apply mask directly to your skin, let sit for a few minutes and rinse off to improve texture, minimize greasiness and encourage a healthly, radiant complexion.
These at home remedies help to maintain beautiful skin through everyday life, but don’t forget, professional services are still important to keep your skin healthy. Contact us at Utopia to see what we can do for your skin!