At Home Body Scrub Tips

It’s that time of year … spring is here (officially as of March 20th) and more skin will be exposed.  Time to get your body ready to be seen!  There are several ways you can prep your skin for the new season … buy a pre-made body scrubmake your own body scrub at home, or schedule a visit to the spa!

For those of you that like to DIY, here are some great tips and tricks that will rival the spa’s final results:

  • First, soften the skin by soaking for ten-ish minutes in a warm tub. Add a relaxing essential oil like lavender, ylang-ylang, or rose-geranium to make it more relaxing.  After your soak, gently pat yourself dry.
  • Place a fluffy towel on the edge of your tub for you to sit on. If you’re using a body scrub, place a quarter-size bit in the palm of your hand and rub it over the skin.  I usually start with my lower legs and work my way up the legs, to the abdomen, arms and chest.
  • Roll up a moist washcloth and gently use it to move the body scrub in small circles, spending at least a minute in each area. If you go too quickly, you don’t get the full exfoliation.  Don’t rub too hard or too long, especially if you’re using an abrasive salt scrub!  If you have super sensitive skin, be sure to use a cream or sugar based exfoliant.
  • Stand up when it’s time to do your backside. Make sure you have steady footing.
  • The back is the trickiest part. Reach where you can, or ask your partner to help. A body brush with a long handle can always make exfoliating the back the easiest.
  • When you have exfoliated the entire body, rinse under the shower with luke warm water … never too hot!  Use the body brush to help remove any excess product from your back.
  • Don’t use a body scrub while the shower is running. The scrub will just be washed away before it can do its magic!

More At-Home Body Scrub Tips

  • A weekly home body scrub should keep your skin smooth.
  • If your skin starts looking irritated, cut back on the frequency of scrubs or try something gentler than salt, like a sugar scrub or exfoliating mitt.
  • Never use a body scrub on your face!  It’s way too harsh.  There IS difference between a body exfoliant and a facial exfoliant. 

reference: Anitra Brown, About.com Guide

Spring Into a New Skincare Routine!

With spring comes warmer weather, more moisture in the air, people become more active, you are outside more and the social calendar seems to fill up really fast.  Spring always feels like a new beginning, so it is the perfect time of the year to make some changes to your routine and prepare your skin for the warmer spring days that are just around the corner!

Start using a sunscreen now … if you aren’t already.  You probably aren’t thinking much about sun protection during the winter and moving into the springtime, because the weather isn’t hot. But the temperature outside doesn’t determine the strength of the sun’s rays, at least not when it comes to sun damage.  Hampton Sun has some great choices for sunscreens … from tanning oils with SPF to continuous mists and lip balms.

Using sunscreen regularly will help your skin to look younger longer. Besides, after a long, dark winter, think of how susceptible your skin will be to sunburn! Get a good sunscreen, with a 30SPF, and slather it on every day. Only choose oil-free, non comedogenic options to avoid aggravating acne conditions.

Choose the right moisturizer.  You have probably been using a heavier, more emollient cream during the dry winter, but now may be the perfect time to switch to a lighter lotion that won’t feel as heavy during the warmer months.  You may also look at moisturizers that have a built-in sunscreen … a great time saver and helps to keep you from forgetting the sunscreen!

Oily Skin?  If you are prone to breakouts, or have oily skin, you should also think about switching your makeup routine. Choosing a mineral powder foundation will be helpful, or a matte finish liquid foundation to help with extra shine. Also, be sure that your sunscreen is oil free.

Re-commit to a daily skin care routine.  Maybe you’ve slacked off on your nightly routine, your weekly mask or using your regular acne products this winter.  You don’t have to spend a lot of time, or buy a ton of products to care for your skin. It just takes a few minutes a day to cleanse, exfoliate (at least once a week), apply topical acne treatments (if needed), and moisturize. A consistent skin care routine is a great foundation for clearer, brighter skin.

It’s always great to take a step back look at your daily routine and assess if you need to make any changes to your skincare time. Spring time is a great time to do that!  Visit the Spa.ology Store for everything skincare related!

Spring 2012 Cosmetic Trends

Spring has sprung on runways and the new trends for spring aren’t just for your clothes … you can also incorporate them into your make up and body care routine.

The most popular color and the “it” color for spring 2012 is Tangerine Tango, AKA Pantone #17-1463 (for all of you color junkies out there).

The “spirited reddish-orange” hue was dubbed the color of the year by the Pantone Color Institute, which singles out one color expected to have a bold impact on fashion and home decor for the next 12 months. Tangerine Tango offers “the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward” according to Pantone’s statement.

Here are some tips to incorporating this color into your cosmetic bag!

  • Pair a red-orange lipstick or lip-stain with neutral eyes and a little bronzer on your cheekbones.
  • Trade in your classic black or brown eye liner for a bold orange eye-crayon. Pair it with nude lips and don’t be afraid to add extra coats of mascara which will help the eye crayon pop.
  • Try a tangerine manicure. Wear it alone or pair it with nail art. Geometric prints are big this spring, and this goes for nails as well.  Orly’s “Truly Tangerine”polish that will bring shine to your fingers and toes!
  • The key to pulling off bright makeup is to focus only on one area of the face. If you want to focus on the eyes, keep the lips simple, and vice versa.
  • And if you aren’t into showing off the tangerine, you can still bring the aroma of tangerine along with you.  Essie’s “Cranberry & Tangerine Smoothie” will soothe and hydrate the skin for silky softness to start the spring season off with plenty of sweet aromas!  Or even try taking an uplifting aromatherapy bath with Pevonia’s organic tangerine essential oil.

Although there are some signs of spring, it’s still a little too early to bring out your favorite sundresses and shorts. However, it’s never too early to start experimenting and shopping for new trends and styles.

Adding a little tangerine to your style regimen is a great way to give stuffy fall wardrobes a breath of fresh air, and by the time spring rolls around you will have mastered your new spring/summer look.  As always, be sure to visit the Spa.ology Store for these and other tangerine hints.

Spa.ology … all things SPA for you at HOME!

Source: Jimena Herrero, www.utahstatesman.com