A new season is upon us, even if the weather seems to be telling us a quite different story.  Get yourself ready for this season of renewal with radiant skin – just by following a few simple tips.

Lighten Up

In the warmer months we wear (or should) lighter make-up and want our skin to look brand new and blemish free.  The goal is to wear less make-up and the best place to start is by changing your moisturizer. Ditch the heavy winter creams and pick up a suitable day lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it daily and don’t forget the ears – which can burn easily. Your eye cream doesn’t have to change but you might want to find a lighter night cream as well.

Masquerade

A good face mask is one that clears and hydrates your skin while giving it a soft glow. If you want something that fights wrinkles and fine lines a cloth masque can plump up skin while working against the sands of time.  Clearer skin can be found in this easy DIY mixture of orange juice and baking soda.  It’s a great one for preparing skin for wearing less make-up this time of year.  This masque cleans skin and exfoliates it and works well on hormonal breakouts.

  1. Combine 1 tbsp. of real orange juice with 1 tbsp. baking soda.  Use more baking soda to thicken mask, if needed.
  2. Apply a thin layer to face. You can use any extra on your neck, if you wish.
  3. Leave on for 20 minutes. Keep still to avoid flaking.
  4. Using damp finger tips, scrub the mask in circular motions for extra exfoliation.
  5. Rinse off.  Use a toner for balance and moisturize to keep skin soft and protected.

Head to Toe

Don’t forget the rest of your body.  Ready your skin for more revealing fashions by exfoliating with a sugar body scrub.  You can pick up one at your local drugstore, beauty, department store or make one at home using white or brown sugar (about a ½ cup) mixed with your daily body wash.  If you use self-tanning lotions or gels this will get skin ready for application too.

Last, take a look at your feet. Are they cracked and dry from the long, cold winter?  If so, apply a coat of petroleum jelly like Vaseline or a foot balm made from Shea Butter.  Apply it before bed and wear a pair of cotton socks to soften feet fast.

There are many products out there to get your skin ready for its warm weather debut.  From lotions to creams, scrubs to balms you can find the right scent and type to suit your skincare needs.  Remember that SPF is the most key to it all!