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Spring is officially here (hallelujah!)! I'm fully prepared to savor this season for all it's worth, but I can't lie...I'm already looking forward to the summer months of day trips to the beach, backyard bbqs, and getting a little color from that beautiful, warm sun!
But if you're anything like me, winter does a number on your skin! My skin is dry and lacks that summer glow that I love, and it's almost embarrassing when I look at my hands and realize how much they need some moisture. So, with the warmest months of the year right around the corner, here are my top 5 tips for healthy, summer-ready skin that you can start using today to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape come June!
1 // Hit that H2O
Drinking the recommended amount of water each day is crucial to healthy, hydrated skin! Drinking water has a ton of health benefits, and one of my favorite perks to getting that H2O is what water does for your outward appearance. Not only does water help beat bloating, but it can help keep your skin aglow by nourishing your cells from the inside out.
2 // Exfoliate
Getting rid of all of those dead skin cells is key to keeping your skin feeling soft and also helping it retain moisture! Exfoliate with a gentle cleanser or homemade sugar scrub in order to slough off those dull, dry skin cells and help your skin get back it's luster!
3 // Listen to your Mom and Moisturize
I've had my mom tell me time and time again to moisturize so that I don't end up with wrinkles, and truthfully, I haven't always heeded her advice. Lotion just makes me feel icky, but I've overcome that aversion and gotten into a good routine of moisturizing right when I hop out of the shower. It really is amazing the difference some moisturizer makes! My skin is so much happier when I've slathered on some lotion...goodbye itchy, dry skin!
4 // Wear Sunscreen
You've heard it a million times: wearing sunscreen is imperative to keeping your skin healthy and happy! I choose to wear foundation that boasts SPF 15 year-round, and I always feel good knowing that my face is protected. I spent way too many years as a teenager forgoing the sunscreen because "I'm Italian and I don't burn!" (yeah right!). Wearing sunscreen when you're out in the sun for long periods of time (and re-blocking!) is one of the best ways to keep your skin in it's prime for a long time!
5 // Use the Right Body Wash
Despite the fact that you're in water, showering can help to dry out your skin even more. That's why choosing the right body wash is so important! With all of the options out there, be sure to choose something that contains ingredients that will leave your skin happy, like the 100% real extracts found in Softsoap's new Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish and Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream! Both of these products will leave your skin healthy looking: the Exfoliating Fruit Polish will help to slough off dead skin with the help of apricot seeds that exfoliate your skin, and the Hydrating Shower Cream puts to work milk protein, almond, and coconut that nourish your skin and leave it feeling soft and hydrated!
And both varieties of Softsoap Fresh & Glow is available at your local Wal-Mart in the body wash aisle! I even picked up a new sponge when I was there, just to get my skin at it's summer's best! And while you're there, don't forget to pick up some moisturizer, sunscreen, and a cute water bottle in addition to your new Softsoap Fresh & Glow!
WHICH SOFTSOAP FRESH & GLOW WOULD YOU WANT TO TRY FIRST? HOW DO YOU GET YOUR SKIN READY FOR SUMMER?