Shed the Winter Blues - And Skin

I know, I know. It's not quite the end of winter, but temps are on the rise, and before we know it, it'll be time to shed the layers protecting us from the frigid outdoors. But are you ready to show some skin? If you're like me, gosh no! Between the wintery elements outside to the drying heater indoors, my skin is far from radiant, and will need some TLC before I'm ready to rock a tank top or brave some strappy wedges. Here are some tips that will help you prep your skin from head to toe and make you spring-and-summer ready to reveal beautiful, soft, glowing skin.

1. Exfoliate

Make this a part of your daily regimen by simply doing it in the shower. Exfoliating gloves or cloths are fantastic for this because they're gentle enough for everyday use, but work well to slough off dry, dead skin cells leaving your skin silky and smooth.

The scrubbing motion also increases blood flow to the skin producing a radiant glow. Just lather up with your favorite body wash - paying extra attention to your feet, hands, elbows and knees - and rinse with lukewarm water (hot water is too drying).

2. Shave

Yes, in the winter. There's the temptation to skip this when you're covered up from head to toe anyway. But remain faithful to shaving even though your legs aren't bared. After exfoliating, shaving can also help to rid your lovely legs of dead sin cells.

Try Gillette's Venus Embrace and pair it with a luxurious shave cream for a close and nick-free shave. So when you are ready to strut your stuff in the summer months, you can bare those legs with confidence!

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Don't skip this important detail. The best time to moisturize is after bathing, shaving or exfoliating. Hot water from a shower can strip the skin of its natural oils, and moisturizing  helps replenish that moisture. But don't stop there. Use hand cream after every single hand washing. I love my Caldrea hand balm; it absorbs quickly and gives my hands a soft, silky feel instantly.

At bed time apply a heavier cream to your feet (then don a pair of cotton socks) and hands to keep them from becoming dry overnight. You will LOVE how soft they are by morning. Be sure to use a  moisturizer with SPF15 during the day to protect your skin from harmful rays even in the winter time.

4. Hydrate!

Drink water and lots of it! But trust me; you won't drink it if it's not within your reach when you're thirsting for a drink. So be prepared.

Take a water bottle with you always, and let that be your go-to beverage. Your body consists of up to 75% water. Given that the skin is the largest organ of the human body, you do the math (cause I won't). Hydrated skin is radiant skin.

5. Sleep

Yep. Good, old-fashioned sleep is important to skin health. See? Beauty Sleep is a credible necessity! Hah! According to Web MD, the lack of sleep can cause increase of the stress hormone cortisol which can deteriorate your skin's collagen- the good stuff that keeps your skin firm, smooth and elastic.

And I'll throw in another tip: catching those Z's on a satin pillowcase will go a long way to having beautiful skin. Using a satin pillowcase allows your face to move across its surface without friction, while  its cotton counterpart is abrasive and actually absorbs the oils from your skin (and hair) as you sleep. The softer satin won't leave you with sleep creases on your face in the morning either!

So get to it. Prep your skin and get ready to flaunt that glow!

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