Hi Gorgeous!

How was your weekend? Did you set aside time to pamper yourself? If you haven’t had time to get a facial, it’s important to give yourself a royal treatment at home. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my simple DIY at-home spa tips. So be sure to stay tuned…

Today, I wanted to share with you some key steps in prepping your skin for Spring. The weather has been damp and wet. Some days are still chilly.

So, here they are the top 4.

1. Toners: This is beneficial for all skin types especially those with oily/combo skin.
Extra sweat means that dirt, oils and other environmental chemicals are trapped close to the skin and your pores. It’s important to keep your pores refined and skin cool by using a non-alcohol based facial toner.

Facial toners are refreshing and with the right ingredients, it helps to restore, repair and hydrate surface of the skin. It can also kill bacteria that causes acne and other blemishes. When you sweat, you also lose minerals and nutrients necessary for healthy skin and a toner can add the necessary vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs.

The right toner can give your skin a healthy dose of what it needs to look younger, fresher, and smoother. Do not use a toner with irritating ingredients such as alcohol or artificial fragrances. Our newest addition, the Calming toner mist with lemon balm hydrosol heals and soothes skin. It works wonders!

2. Masks: For those with oily/combo skin or acne prone skin, use a clay, enzyme or herb based mask. One of my favorite is Facial Detox. For sensitive and dry skin use a hydration or fruit mask. During the warmest months, acne and other blemishes (blackheads, whiteheads, small bumps) can occur especially those who have oily/combo skin. Other skin conditions can also flare up (heat rash and rosacea) and skin loses water, vitamins and other nutrients. Applying a mask can help rehydrate, cool and prevent breakouts by purifying and detoxifying the pores. It rejuvenates and repairs the skin from the day’s damage.

Recommendation: My multi-purpose blemish peel mask- works as a peel, sleeping mask or overnight spot treatment.

3. Sunscreen: This applies to all skin types. Sunscreen protects your skin from visible aging (sun spots, inflammation, uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of collagen and dehydration). Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 30. For those with fair skin, melasma or prone to sun spots, opt for spf 60. Even if it’s cloudy or raining out, sunscreen is a must.

To get the most effect, sunscreen needs time to absorb into your skin- Apply 20-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours.

Recommendation: Coola mineral sunscreen spf 30, I personally use this and love it. This product doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts and it’s one of the cleanest ingredients.

4. Exfoliate: Exfoliation is important during all seasons, skin cells are shed at a very quick rate every day, so if you don’t get rid of dead cells sitting on top of your skin they can cause it to look dull and dry. Exfoliating helps in removing dead and dull skin debris and prevents congestion and clogged pores. It also helps to improve better absorption from toners and moisturizers, helps even out any skin discoloration, draws excess oil out of the pores and leaves skin less shiny.

I switch between using an enzyme based exfoliator and a physical scrub. I use Doctor’s Scrub 4 times a week. This scrub literally unclogs pores and gets rid of all dead skin. My skin feels super soft and smooth after. Enzyme based exfoliator contains minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, so not only does this get rid of dull skin, it’s also anti-aging – preventing fine lines and wrinkles. This is also less harsh and drying than an exfoliator that contains glycolic or salicylic acid. This is gentle enough for all skin types.

Remember your skin is the largest living organ and is the first line of defense against all the microbes and other hazards in the environment. Though it can regenerate, repair and restore itself, it’s important that we take very good care of it especially during the summertime.